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Was a Crime Committed in Haditha?

Friday, August 31st, 2007 - by Jim Hanson

PJM's Jim Hanson, of Blackfive.net, takes an in-depth look at the tragedy that occurred in Haditha on November 19, 2005. As to whether or not the killings of Iraqis on that day constituted a crime, Hanson contends that "all available documents and reports and most of the testimony" say no.

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Surviving the Deluge

Friday, August 31st, 2007 - by Rick Moran

Living in a river town is a dream until a flood comes. Rick Moran describes the nightmare of learning from police that 4 feet of water would course through his house in northern Illinois in a matter of hours.

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Wild Parties in Sudan

Friday, August 31st, 2007 - by Drima

PJM Khartoum: What goes on behind closed doors (and contrary to Islamic law) in the Sudanese capital? Drug and alcohol-fueled dance parties for one thing. "The Sudanese diaspora, slowly returning to their homeland, is bringing along with it tons of money, and a lifestyle foreign to Sudanese culture," writes PJM correspondent Drima, of The Sudanese Thinker.

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Will Norman Hsu Drop the Other Shoe?

Thursday, August 30th, 2007 - by TigerHawk

TigerHawk looks at both the malign and benign versions of Norman Hsu's connection with the Paw family of San Francisco --Hillary's 3rd-largest family donors--, while her campaign announces that it will give the $23,000 in donations it has received from Hsu, a fundraiser wanted in California on a grand theft charge, to charity.

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Choosing the Right College

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Do you have a young person in your family starting to look at colleges? Do you wonder about the political and social atmosphere at many of them and if they will be a good fit for your child? If the answer is “yes” then you need to take a look at the book a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933859237?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1933859237″emChoosing the Right College: 2008-2009: The Whole Truth about America’s Top Schools. /em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1933859237″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / The guide states that it provides “an independent, truthful assessment of what is really happening at 134 of the nation’s top schools.” The book covers “the presence or absence of a core curriculum, the nature of student living arrangements, the strength of distribution requirements, the prevalence of ideological bias, the protection of free inquiry, and the state of university safety.”br /br /The book uses a “green” light, “yellow” light and “red” light system to serve as a shorthand for the state of civic liberty at a school drawn from students, faculty and other accounts. This “warning” system is in a sidebar for each school so it is easy to get an idea of how well tolerated political discourse, intellectual freedom, and free speech are at a school that one is considering. Perhaps you will be shocked to know that Duke University was given a red light warning for political correctness and crackpot politics prevalent in most of its departments. However, George Mason University received a yellow warning–proceed with caution–because they withdrew an invitation to speak from left-wing fimmaker Michael Moore after two Republicans in Virginia’s house of delegates complained about Moore’s $35,000 honorarium. So the book seems fair on both sides of the coin when it comes to the warning system.br /br /I wish I had been given this book as a teen when looking at schools and then graduate programs. It might have led to my finding a better fit for my academic interests, political ideas, and general college milieu. Take a look at the book or give it to your teen if college is looming. It may help and it surely won’t hurt for him or her to be more aware of what colleges offer in the way of political ideology, safety and student life.

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Iowa Report: After Ames

Thursday, August 30th, 2007 - by Brian Pickrell

PJM Agency: Where do the Republican presidential candidates stand three weeks after Iowa's Straw Poll? In the first of a series of reports from the key primary states, PJM correspondent Brian Pickrell, in the small town of Agency, Iowa (pop. 622) takes the political temperature of his home state.

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Looking Iraqis in the Eye

Thursday, August 30th, 2007 - by Rocco DiPippo

A six-month stint in Iraq managing the construction of Iraqi police stations showed Rocco DiPippo how only trust, respect, and cooperation between U.S. forces and Iraqis can lead to the stabilization of Iraq -- and how that effort is being undermined.

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John Edwards – A Man for No Seasons

Thursday, August 30th, 2007 - by

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the biggest political hypocrite of all? There's a lot of competition, we know, but PJM columnist Burt Prelutsky thinks he's found the answer. [Listen or download Burt's reading of this story in MP3]

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

a href=”http://booksforkidsblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/youre-not-wearing-that-to-school-girls.html”Girls Gone Mild?/a

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Greece: Flaming and Blaming

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 - by Kat Christofer

PJM Athens: As Greece burns, its national leadership and the media is consumed in an inferno of finger-pointing. PJM Athens correspondent Kat Christofer reports on the lack of accountability in the cradle of democracy.

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Vick Sacked by Prosecutor’s Blitz

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 - by Rick Moran

Rick Moran feels no sympathy for NFL quarterback Michael Vick. In fact, he applauds "the way the guardians of the law treated this barbarian of a man."

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“Not Dead Yet” Castro Calls Clinton-Obama “Invincible”

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 - by

For a guy who's supposedly dying, Fidel Castro is awfully prolific. PJM's Fausta Wertz looks at the ailing dictator's latest article analyzing U.S. presidential politics.

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An Innocent Game of Footsie?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 - by B. Daniel Blatt

Although B. Daniel Blatt (GayPatriot West) feels some compassion for Senator Larry Craig, he believes the Idaho politician should resign for soliciting sex in an airport restroom. "The real issue here is not as much hypocrisy as it is absence of judgment."

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Voice of America Tries Reform

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Human rights activist Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi agrees with concerns expressed on PJ Media that the Voice of America has failed at promoting Iranian freedom. But the writer reports the network is committed to reform under new chairman Jim Glassman.

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Derbyshire v Spencer, The Final Round

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 - by Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer gets one more crack at defending Religion of Peace?-Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't. Who will be the last man standing in the battle that got underway one week ago following John Derbyshire's review of the book?

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Porn Nation

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 - by Brad Rourke

What's a father to do when an innocent slip-up on the computer enables his daughter to see "paparazzi photos of celebrity nether regions"? Brad Rourke is one of the many parents in America who "feel besieged by a culture around us of non-stop porn."

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Week 32 In Progress!

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Over 130,000 votes have been cast in the weekly PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL. The thirty-second week has officially begun.

Ron Paul and Bill Richardson won the thirtieth week in the poll.

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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Reciprocal Violence can Lead to More Injury

Monday, August 27th, 2007

When it comes to domestic violence, we’re frequently told that men getting hit doesn’t matter because even if men get hit, they are rarely hurt. a href=”http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/42/15/31-a?eaf”A new study shows/a this may not be the case, especially if the violence is reciprocal (thanks to Steve for pointing out the article): br /br /blockquoteRegarding perpetration of violence, more women than men (25 percent versus 11 percent) were responsible. In fact, 71 percent of the instigators in nonreciprocal partner violence were women. This finding surprised Whitaker and his colleagues, they admitted in their study report.br /br /As for physical injury due to intimate partner violence, it was more likely to occur when the violence was reciprocal than nonreciprocal. And while injury was more likely when violence was perpetrated by men, in relationships with reciprocal violence it was the men who were injured more often (25 percent of the time) than were women (20 percent of the time). “This is important as violence perpetrated by women is often seen as not serious,” Whitaker and his group stressed….br /br /Of the study’s numerous findings, Whitaker said, “I think the most important is that a great deal of interpersonal violence is reciprocally perpetrated and that when it is reciprocally perpetrated, it is much more likely to result in injury than when perpetrated by only one partner.”/blockquotebr /br /If reciprocal violence results in more injuries, it would seem important for domestic violence prevention to focus on both women and men in these cases. By focusing only on men, women never get the help they need to reduce violence. The false notion that men perpetrate the majority of domestic violence and women are on the receiving end just doesn’t seem to be holding up in a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2007/06/nearly-twice-as-many-women-as-men-said.html”study after study./abr /br /Update: Trudy W. Schuett over at Dean’s World a href=”http://www.deanesmay.com/posts/1188373265.shtml”has some thoughts /aon domestic violence.br /br /Update II: Take a a href=”http://jezebel.com/gossip/domestic-disturbances/have-you-ever-beat-up-a-boyfriend-cause-uh-we-have-294383.php”look at these “feminists”/a who brag about beating up their boyfriends and other men (Hat Tip: a href=”http://www.deanesmay.com/posts/1188373265.shtml”Dean’s World/a). This seems to undercut claims that women are nicer or fundamentally more innocent than men. You can read more on that subject, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140243887?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlink_code=as3camp=211189creative=373489creativeASIN=0140243887″here./a

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Sarko:”An Iran armed with nuclear weapons is unacceptable.”

Monday, August 27th, 2007

In a major foreign policy speech today, French President Nicolas Sarkozy outlined four challenges for France in the 21st Century. The fourth and most critical was Iran. PJM's Fausta Wertz translated the key parts...

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Finessing The Surge

Monday, August 27th, 2007 - by Neo-Neocon

Some Democrats are scrambling to re-position themselves on the surge in Iraq, and Neo-Neocon is watching them while pondering the contrast with another war and another ending.

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Roger L. Simon: Not Blogging the Beijing Olympics

Monday, August 27th, 2007 - by Roger L Simon

Olympics_Police_180.gifHigh tech big boys Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have been subject to much criticism, in and out of the blogosphere, for cooperating with online censorship in the People's Republic of China. Some say this cooperation has even led to the incarceration of journalists and dissidents. Now Yahoo and Microsoft are at it again, signing a "self discipline" pact with the Internet Society of China. PJ Media CEO Roger L. Simon has a suggestion for what bloggers and their readers can do about it.

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Monday Morning Quarterback: Looking Past Labor Day

Monday, August 27th, 2007 - by Bill Bradley

In a relaxed week before Labor Day weekend, PJM political columnist Bill Bradley looks at the main development areas in the White House race: the war in Iraq, the timing of the primaries, and Fred Thompson's possible announcement.

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Sunday, August 26th, 2007

The Carnival of the Insanities is up at Dr. Sanity’s place. a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2007/08/carnival-of-insanities_26.html”Go take a look./a

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Men, Rape and Injustice

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

I have been reading the fascinating new book by KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor on the Duke Lacrosse fiasco entitled, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312369123?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomamp;linkCode=as2camp=1789amp;creative=9325creativeASIN=0312369123″span style=”font-style: italic;”Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case/span./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2amp;o=1a=0312369123″ alt=”" style=”border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;” border=”0″ height=”1″ width=”1″ / The book brings to light the factors that led to three innocent men being railroaded by the criminal justice system and by a society that presumes white men are guilty by virtue of their sex and race. The opening chapters describe the milieu at Duke, including the hardcore partying that was going on by both the men and women on campus. There is mention that the Duke women were as horny as the guys there with more than one sorority on campus hiring male strippers (page 2) but this was never picked up in the media (of course not, male strippers for women are considered empowerment, while for men they’re sexist).br /br /Much of the book sets the stage for the context of the Duke case, including the increase of far left academics at Duke, the racial tension between Duke and Durham, the police who built the case without evidence, and the match that caused the case to ignite–prosecutor Michael Nifong. The book is also about heroes and champions of justice: the defense team, the defendants themselves and the bloggers and others who came to their rescue, from both the left, right and center.br /br /My favorite chapter in the book is entitled “Presumed Guilty: Feminist Overkill” as it describes the statistics for false rape allegations. The chapter opens with a look at Catharine MacKinnon’s Yale commencement speech in 1990 in order to understand the eagerness of so many journalists and academics to find the Duke lacrosse players guilty. MacKinnon’s words that day, capture the radical feminist line clearly that has permeated current PC circles. She stated, “Look to your left, look to your right, look in front of you , and look behind you. Statistics tell us you have just laid eyes on someone guilty of sexual assault.” The radical feminist line is that women never lie about rape. But statistics belie this belief. br /br /The book lists these false rape statistics including one from Linda Fairstein, former head of the sex-crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office who wrote, “There are about 4000 reports of rape each year in Manhattan. Of these, about half simply did not happen” (page 374). I wonder how many more men across the nation are caught up in false claims or mistaken identities because so many are eager to rush to judgment? Rape is a horrible crime but so is convicting an innocent man of a sex crime. The authors of the book state: “Terrible as it is for a victim to see a rapist escape punishment, it is far, far worse for an innocent person to be convicted of a sex crime.”br /br /I remember talking to a professor about the Duke case when it first captured the attention of the media, her response? “Those guys are guilty as hell, have you ever seen how some of those athletes and fraternity guys act–partying and making noise? They’ll rape anyone.” She had no interest in the facts and used as her frame of reference all partying noisy fraternity guys and athletes as if that is how justice should work. “Oh, they are loud and party a lot–guilty just for span style=”font-style:italic;”having fun while male/span.” I now have the pleasure of buying several copies of this book and dropping one off on her desk next time I see her. Will it bring her around? Not by itself, but it’s a start ….br /br /Update: The book is up to a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312369123?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0312369123″strike#752/strike strike436/strike 265 on Amazon /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0312369123″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and is #1 in the a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/4685/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_b_1_5_last/002-8053499-7780003″category of rape/a and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/26/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_b_3_2_last/002-8053499-7780003″strike#10/strike 3 in sports./a This is an important book; stand aside span style=”font-style:italic;”Harry Potter,/span I hope it reaches #1!

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The Private Lives of Public Men

Sunday, August 26th, 2007 - by

A lot of column inches, digital and otherwise, are devoted to the interpersonal troubles of our elected officials and their wives (and husbands). And while Burt Prelutsky may dig the dirt as much as the next guy, the time for the "politics of personal destruction" was 1998. According to Burt, "We should all keep in mind that politics is not the clergy, and being president is not a sacred calling." [Download Burt's reading of this story in MP3.]

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