Over 130,000 votes have been cast in the weekly PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL. The thirty-seventh week has officially begun.
NEW DEAL: PJ Media editors have noted that the number of weekly votes in our poll has diminished drastically from the tens of thousands cast at the outset. For months now, many readers have been complaining to us about the increasing inutility of the poll because of vote-swarming by second tier candidates. Many voters have lost interest and are not participating. Websites that had run our widget were no longer doing so.
Something needed to change.
Therefore, especially since the campaign itself appears to be narrowing its focus to front-running candidates, henceforth the PJ Media Poll will be restricted to those first tier candidates listed on the front poll page of the leading online poll aggregator Real Clear Politics. As of now, that is four candidates on the Democratic side and five on the Republican. We will change our lineup on the Sunday after RCP does, if it does.
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Vodkapundit Stephen Green bemoaned the dearth of Democratic presidential candidates worth supporting on PJM last week. Now it's the Republicans turn.
What accounts for Hollywood's failure to capture the reality of war? Jules Crittenden contends that Tinseltown's "moralistic monkey has climbed back up on its shoulder," resulting in films that have nothing to do with combat and everything to do with politics.
John Le Carr√©? Graham Greene? Real life spy stories can be even more amazing, as PJM culture critic David Freeman discovered reading Ben Macintyre's %%AMAZON=073935454X Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love and Betrayal,%% the biography of double agent Eddie Chapman.
Appeal court a href=”http://glennsacks.com/blog/?p=1229″blocks visitation between husband-killer /aMary Winkler and her children.
I was poking around on Amazon.com this morning and found the gadget of my dreams–okay, I was actually going there to buy some books–but a recommendation popped up for the a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CSWCQA?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B000CSWCQA”Garmin Forerunner 305 Wrist-Mounted GPS Navigator and Personal Training Device with Heart Rate Monitor/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000CSWCQA” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and I had to take a look. Why? Because I have both a bad heart and a lousy sense of direction and I had to see what kind of technology was available that would address both of these shortcomings. Here is what I found out: br /br /blockquoteJust when you thought Garmin had cornered the market on powerful, affordable, and effective wrist-mounted GPS devices, here comes the Forerunner 305. The release of this device is a major achievement from a design and technology perspective. This isn’t just marketing-speak; the Forerunner 305 is the most accurate, most reliable wrist-mounted performance and GPS tracking tool we’ve ever tested. Yes, it’s that good. /blockquotebr /br /So for runners and for me–a walker–it apparently tracks one’s heart rate and other exercise stats and also marks one’s location and provides a simple map that displays your current direction and path. That sounds pretty amazing if it really works. I would love to have one of these devices for traveling or when I am not familiar with an area I want to walk in. br /br /Before I spend a couple of hundred dollars on such a device, has anyone out there used this thing or something like it, or do you have any other suggestions for GPS gadgets?br /br /Update: What I really need is a GPS system for my car–does anyone know a good one they can recommend that is easy to use?
Nazim Kaziakhmedov - Russia's top fraud investigator - was shot dead Thursday night in an apparent contract killing. Sean Guillory - PJM's resident Russia expert - considers whether the Wild West of the Moscow Nineties is making a comeback.
PJM Indianapolis: After moving from Southern California to Indiana, Ari Kaufman was surprised to learn that some parts of America's heartland aren't all that different from liberal Los Angeles. Is the Hoosier State still a GOP stronghold?
October 4th PJM Political On XM Satellite Radio
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Sen. John McCain called for Burma to be expelled from ASEAN in a bloggers' call this afternoon. PJM editor Fausta Wertz reports.
The first Democratic debate after Labor Day is the opening topic of this week’s show: the big news there was that none of the candidates, not even Dennis Kucinich, guaranteed a total pullout from Iraq by 2013 if they win. David Corn and Richard Miniter also talk about Giuliani’s gun position, Fred Thompson and the Evangelicals, Gingrich’s toe in the water, and much more. Click and watch! (Audio-only MP3 version available here)
PJM Phnom Penh, Cambodia: As the Burmese government brutally cracks down on the marching monks of the pro-democracy movement, a new generation of Internet warriors has been bringing the images of the repression and bloodshed to the world, reports Bill Toddler.
PJ Media (who host the Glenn and Helen Show podcast) a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2007/09/pjm_on_xm.php#comments”will have an hour long show /aon XM Satellite Radio:br /br /blockquotePJ Media is proud to announce PJM Political – our new weekly presidential campaign talk show – premiering Thursday, September 27 at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific on XM Satellite Radio’s P.O.T.U.S. ‘08 Channel 130. (P.O.T.U.S. ‘08 – President of the United States – is XM’s new non-subscription channel dedicated to the campaign. Those without XM will be able to get the show as a podcast on PJM or at Blog Talk Radio.)br /br /Participating in the debut one-hour show: Michael Barone, Austin Bay, Bill Bradley, David Corn, Ed Driscoll, Jonah Goldberg, Jack Goldsmith, Jeff Goldstein, Stephen Green, James Lileks, Richard Miniter, John Podhoretz, Glenn Reynolds, Helen Smith and Roger L. Simon./blockquotebr /br /If you have XM, catch the show on Thurdays at 6 PM Eastern/3 PM Pacific and hear what we have to say.
DADvocate has a href=”http://bornavol.blogspot.com/2007/09/happy-happy-happy.html”some interesting thoughts /aon the recent “Happiness” study showing women to be less happy than men.
It has become all too common today to blame egregious behavior on pressure. PJM columnist Brad Rourke makes the case for more personal responsibility.
OPINION: Should patients have the right to decide when, where and how much health care to receive? Not according to Hillary Clinton, warns California physician Dr. Linda Halderman.
Has the protest movement in Myanmar been crushed or is Burma's military government starting to crack? PJM Sydney editor Richard Fernandez looks at the events of the last few hours.
Juan Cole is calling for the impeachment of George Bush over the transcript of a private conversation the President had with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Aznar in 2003. But startlingly enough, it could be the exoneration of Bush. PJM's senior editor Jose Guardia translates the memo in its entirety from Spanish and comments.
I recently a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2007/09/graying-of-kindergarten.html”wrote a post /a about the booka href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0446580961?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0446580961″ emMicrotrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0446580961″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / The book is chockfull of data on various trends in the US that are kind of under the radar, trends that no one really notices but that are very important. One of these trends is dutiful sons who are caregivers to their parents. br /br /Now, most of the time when we hear about caregivers to parents, we are told that women are shouldering the burden of this work. In fact, there a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/26/business/26leonhardt.html?ex=1348545600en=594e67d014f6dc88ei=5124partner=permalinkexprod=permalink”is a recent study /ashowing that women are unhappy and one of the reasons is that they are not engaging in pleasurable activities. An example given is that when women are with their parents they are unhappy because they see it like a job (paying bills for parents, etc.) whereas men are just out to have a good time. Yeah, whatever… br /br /The implication is that men just see their families, especially parents as a “good time” (although frankly, maybe this is a better attitude) while women care for their aging parents in droves that should qualify them for sainthood. But quietly and without complaining, men around the US are taking care of their parents and in record numbers, yet no one cares.br /br /Even Mark Penn, the author of emMicrotrends/em has to explain that women are tops in this area before turning to the caretaking men. “Clearly, the bulk of the caregiving burden in America falls to women,” he laments. However, the next paragraph belies the implication that men do not shoulder much of the responsibiity of their parents’ care:br /br /blockquoteAccording to a 2004 study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP, nearly 40 percent of the 44 million people in America who provide unpaid care to infirm adults are men. That’s about 17 million sons, sons-in-law, nephews, brothers and husbands caring for loved ones in their “spare” time. Throughout the 1990′s, the fastest-growing group of relations providing care to chronically diabled adults was sons. /blockquotebr /br /The book gives various reasons that sons are caring for parents, and it makes several interesting points. Male caregivers more often help emother/em men–35 percent compared to only 28 percent of caregiving women who do. Male caregivers tend not to suspend or cut back on work, and they are much more likely (60 to 41 percent) to be working full-time, and the men often choose their situation, moreso than women. Almost two-thirds say they had a choice in the matter, compared to fewer than 3 in 5 women.br /br /The book points out that maybe men have gotten a bad rap when it comes to taking care of their parents–gee, do ya think? Women often go on about how lazy men are or how they won’t help out but if almost 40% of parental caretakers are men and many of them have full-time jobs, that seems like a lot of work to me. Plus, men are taking care of other men, I wonder why? Are women less willing to help fathers as they are mothers? Or do sons prefer to help fathers or do they do it because no one else will? br /br /I can think of several men that I know who have sole caretaking duties for their parents, I am sure most of us can. So the next time you hear that men just look out for themselves and engage only in pleasurable activities that suit themselves, remember to check out the facts, they are often different than they appear.
The tone-deaf self-destructive direction of the Republican presidential candidates is reaching new heights, writes Rick Moran. It's getting tough to argue with those who paint it as the exclusive bastion of rich white men.
PJM Islamabad: These are tense times for the average Pakistani, who feels as if President Pervez Musharraf is trampling the law of the land as he prepares for next week's elections, reports Ghalia Aymen.
PJM ROUNDUP: Speaking at the National Press Club Tuesday evening, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric stated, "Everyone in this room would agree that people in this country were misled in terms of the rationale of this war," adding that it is "pretty much accepted" that the war in Iraq was a mistake. Blog reactions follow:
PJM ROUNDUP: As the government cracks down on protesters in Burma/Myanmar, the Asian blogosphere is closely following developments.
PJM Faceoff: It's nobody's business if Amy Alkon decides to order a cheeseburger. And none of their concern if she has an abortion. "There's no definitive answer on whether it's right or wrong to eat meat or on when a fertilized egg becomes a person. There's only my opinion and your opinion." [For an opposing viewpoint, read 'Unborn Activists?' by Julia Gorin]