PJM Faceoff: Is right-to-life lobbying taking place inside the womb? Julia Gorin believes that it is. "Who can argue that the unborn aren't people when they already behave as a formidable political bloc?" [For an opposing viewpoint, read 'I'll Have Some Murder With Fries' by Amy Alkon]
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad set up a storm of controversy during his visit to New York earlier this week. In this exclusive video, PJM’s Andrew Marcus looks back at the mood on the streets and what people had to say. It includes comments from Claudia Rosett; a young German tourist at Ground Zero blaming America for the war and defending sharia law, and an Ahmadinejad supporter on the Columbia campus who claims that Mahmoud was “only kidding” about the whole gay thing.
Could the protesters in Myanmar actually succeed in peacefully overthrowing Burma's military government? PJM Sydney editor Richard Fernandez asks whether the marching monks are in for a bloodbath or a Buddhist miracle.
So Mary Winkler, the woman who shot her husband, Matthew in the back a href=”http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=7097266nav=menu374_1″has been granted supervised visits/a with her children by a judge:br /br /blockquotebr /HUNTINGDON, Tenn. – Carroll County Chancellor Ron Harmon ruled Wednesday night that a woman who fatally shot her minister husband could have supervised visitation of their three daughters.br /br /Although Mary Winkler was denied custody, she will be allowed to visit the girls ages 10, 8 and 2 under supervised conditions. She can also talk to them on the phone every other day.br /br /Winkler is on probation after serving about seven months in jail for shooting Matthew Winkler. /blockquotebr /a href=”http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=7097266nav=menu374_1″/abr /br /Not only will this murderess get supervised visits with the kids, but now her enabling community a href=”http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=7097266nav=menu374_1″has provided her with some goodies,/a just to show their support!br /br /blockquoteMary Winkler’s supporters such as Kathy Thompson are helping her make a new home for herself.br /br /”She’s asked for forgiveness,” Thompson said. “It’s our duty. The Bible tells us, if we don’t forgive others God won’t forgive us. So we’re just trying to pick up pieces and go on.”br /br /Winkler said the community has reached out to her, giving her everything from a five -bedroom home to live in for $150 to a car she’s traded in for a sports utility vehicle./blockquotebr /br /What, the car wasn’t good enough for her and she had to trade it in for a sports utility vehicle? Well, why not? Nothing’s too good for Mary! It’s hard to know who is sicker, Mary or her community.
Sitting around waiting for housing bubbles to burst and to finally be able to afford a place to live in your city of choice? Don't hold your breath, says contractor Gregory Sullivan. He explains why the cost of desirable real estate isn't plummeting anytime soon.
During his speech on Monday at Columbia University, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed that there were no homosexuals in Iran. PJM's B. Daniel Blatt (GayPatriot West) asks, "Can you imagine the outcry if some social conservative claimed there were no gays in various regions of the United States?"
Yesterday, Columbia University, today the podium at the United Nations. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's New York City tour moves into its second day. [Day One @ PJM] If the Iranian president's appearance at Columbia were a Broadway show, it would have closed the first night. The reviews are in, and they're terrible.
PJM Phnom Penh, Cambodia: A monument to the victims of Pol Pot's Regime, the Tuol Sleng Prison bore witness to the horrors and the unspeakable brutality of the Khmer Rouge. LDT Regent reports.
Roger L. Simon interviews Ed “Captain’s Quarters” Morrissey about Blog Talk Radio, how bloggers can have their own individual shows and Pajamas’ own new show – PJM Political – on XM Satellite radio’s P.O.T.U.S. ’08 channel. PJM Political premieres this Thursday on XM Channel 130 at 6PM Eastern, 3PM Pacific.
PJM ROUNDUP: Unprecedented demonstrations continue to grow against Burma's repressive government as Buddhist monks take to the streets in record numbers. Le Monde is reporting 200 arrested. The demonstrations started last month when the junta doubled the price of fuel. The European press has been the first to react.
Ironshrink a href=”http://www.ironshrink.com/articles.php?artID=070923_conservative_neuroscience_study” responds to a question /aasking what he thinks about the recent studyem Neurocognitive Correlates of Liberalism and Conservatism: /embr /br /blockquoteI’ve never gone for conspiracy theories. Globalization paranoia and 9/11 cover-ups bore me. But I’m beginning to wonder if there is a conspiracy brewing amongst my colleagues. It seems that some of them have declared war on conservatives../blockquotebr /br /a href=”http://www.ironshrink.com/articles.php?artID=070923_conservative_neuroscience_study”Read the whole thing./a
It’s good to see that at least some of the students and faculty at Columbia a href=”http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?aid=73900search_result=1stid=8″have enough sense to protest /a against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at their university:br /br /blockquote“I don’t mind giving a platform to people with different views, but when someone has consistently made a mockery of free speech in the way that Ahmadinejad has, it’s difficult for me to rationalize giving him a platform here at a great institution like Columbia,” said one student. “I’ve come out to protest that.” br /br /“I think the man is immoral. I think he’s a criminal,” said a community member. “It’s outrageous for Columbia to give him a forum. A man who is sponsoring terrorism and killing our soldiers in Iraq; I think it’s insane.” /blockquotebr /br /Since Columbia is so enamored with criminals and murderers, perhaps they should invite OJ Simpson to be a guess speaker on domestic violence. I’m sure Columbia could learn a lot from what he has to say.
PJM ROUNDUP: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is now in New York City, unleashing a tidal wave of controversy. UPDATE: PJM's Ardeshir Arian reports the following from inside Iran regarding Ahmadinejad's speech on Monday: 1) VOA Television nightly services on HotBird and TeleStar 12 satellites were disrupted in Tehran for about 20 minutes, as soon as he was to be introduced at Columbia university's podium. Iranian citizens did not hear the criticism of Ahmadinejad by Columbia President Bollinger. The way the Islamic Republic does this is to scramble the signals of these satellites locally, using stationary and mobile microwave dishes. 2) It has been rumored from inside Iran that one of the conditions for Iranian-American Haleh Esfandiari's release from Evin Prison was for Ahmadinejad to give his speech at Columbia University and to visit Ground Zero. Ahmadinejad's speech at Columbia was canceled last year.
PJ Media CEO Roger Simon underestimated how deep the institutional bias in the New York Times truly runs. That won't happen again.
PJM Maale Adumim, Israel: You can call David Brinn a lot of things. But please don't call him a settler. He's just not that easy to pigeonhole -- and neither are most Israelis.
PJM political analyst Bill Bradley looks at the week ahead, when Rudy Giuliani hopes that unwelcome visitor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will help him fend off Romney and Thompson by focusing attention on New York City and the ongoing terror threat.
Over 130,000 votes have been cast in the weekly PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL. The thirty-fifth 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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The a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2007/09/carnival-of-insanities_23.html”Carnival of the Insanities /ais up at Dr. Sanity’s place. Also, the Moderate Voice has a href=”http://themoderatevoice.com/at-tmv/around-the-sphere/15254/around-the-sphere-2/”a good round-up of links /a from various viewpoints around the blogosphere.
Of the 36 writers and publishers that Saudi billionaire -- and terror financier -- Khalid bin Mahfouz has sued or threatened to sue in England for libel, only Rachel Ehrenfeld the author of %%AMAZON=1566251966 Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed - and How to Stop It%% has not backed down. She explains how and why she is fighting back.
PJM Tokyo: Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has chosen Yasuo Fukuda as a successor to outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. PJM correspondent Garrett DeOrio who has been covering the election, explains what this means for Japanese-US relations and Japan's participation in the war on terror.
So many presidential candidates and no one to back....Stephen Green, aka the Vodkapundit, surveys the Democratic field in despair.
Ken Burns' long-awaited World War II epic, The War, airs tonight on PBS. Jules Crittenden calls the 15-hour documentary mandatory viewing, even if it might be a "magnificent failure."
PJM culture critic David Freeman reports that the films of deceased French director Jean-Pierre Melville - who aped the American style - are making a comeback.
PJM columnist Burt Prelutsky has been pondering why Dan Rather decided to file a lawsuit against CBS. Aside from the obvious desire to get his name and face back in the news, could it have something to do with --of all things-- the Phil Spector trial?
Do you ever read a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2007/09/different-kind-of-brain-or-same-old.html” some of the social science studies /aand wonder, “how the heck would these “findings” hold up in real life—you know outside of the researcher’s narrow world of college students and college campuses?” I was wondering about this issue as I caught part of the show a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000096B05?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B000096B05″emBlind Date/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000096B05″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / yesterday. If you have never watched this show, it has host a href=”http://www.talkingcomedy.com/spring2002/tv-sp02/RL-TV-sp02.html”Roger Lodge /a narrating a couple’s date as they meet, go out and then discuss their impressions of the person they were fixed up with. Clips of the date are shown and snarky “Therapist Joe” has pop-up commentary throughout the date as to what the people are supposedly thinking and/or feeling as they go through the (usually) awkward moments of gettting to know each other.br /br /On the show I saw, a pretty 25-year-old woman–didn’t catch her name–is going out with 22-year old “rocker” Uzi (I only remembered his name because it was so unusual) who is covered in tattoos and has long hair. The young woman is very much into goth, music and superficiality. She hangs on Uzi’s every word, not because she is interested in him as a person, but because she likes musicians. When Uzi asks what kind of man she is looking for, she states, “someone who has long hair, plays in a band, and wears cool combat boots, like you.” Uzi quickly picks up on the woman’s lack of interest in a “real” relationship and concludes that the woman is just trying to get him into the sack which leaves him feeling that she is not listening to him as a person but rather, sees him as a representation of what she is looking for–a cool rocker guy who she can play groupie with. Uzi is not interested.br /br /Okay, so now you have the set-up for a real-life ambiguous situation–Uzi looks the part of a wild rocker who likes to party and screw but he is not into groupies and is looking for someone who is interested in a traditional relationship such as marriage and family–in other words, there is a contradiction between the way he looks and what he thinks and feels about sex, relationships and love. a href=”http://www.wam.umd.edu/~hannahk/bulletin.pdf”Studies/a coming out of psychology imply that liberals have a “flexibility” in their thinking and a tolerance for ambiguity while conservatives are rigid in their thinking and intolerant of ambiguity. What the heck is meant in these studies by “tolerance of ambiguity?” Well, a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambiguity_tolerance”according to Wikipedia/a (take it with a grain of salt, it’s Wikipedia but this definition looks sound):br /br /blockquoteAmbiguity tolerance is the ability to perceive ambiguities (contradictory issues which may be difficult to understand) in social and cultural behaviors as well as information with equivocal (several) meanings in a neutral and open way./blockquote br /br /Intolerance of Ambiguity is described as br /br /blockquotea tendency to perceive or interpret information marked by vague, incomplete, fragmented, multiple, probable, unstructured, uncertain, inconsistent, contrary, contradictory, or unclear meanings as actual or potential sources of psychological discomfort or threat./blockquotebr /br /So here is Uzi, a contradiction in terms who looks one way and thinks and acts another-so one would now expect Therapist Joe–who from reading his commentary and the tilt of the show, one would expect to be a liberal–to be able to resolve the contradiction and show some flexibility of thought, right? Wrong. You would think that someone tolerant would say, “good for him that he dislikes superficiality or that he wants someone to like him for himself, etc.” Therapist Joe’s way of handling Uzi’s contradiction? Make fun of him for being a (gasp!) Republican! Uzi has never said he was a Republican or conservative, yet Therapist Joe pops up snarky comments about Uzi’s lack of interest in having sex with the goth chick by stating that he “must be a Republican” and then showing Uzi driving down the road with a characterature of a Donald Rumsfeld look-a-like with a scary leer taking his place at the wheel. br /br /Talk about intolerance of ambiguity, lack of openness and a lack of flexibility in thought, Therapist Joe has it in spades. For all he knows, Uzi is apolitical and is just a sweet guy. Perhaps Therapist Joe is psychologically threatened that Uzi is looking for a committment and a person who actually likes him–he should just be looking for cheap sex, shouldn’t he–afterall, he looks the part of a liberal rocker? Therapist Joe quickly resolves the conflict by pointing out that Uzi must be a conservative or he is just looking for an excuse to bash Republicans in general. Either way, I hardly see evidence of tolerance of ambiguity here. br /br /Look, I know the elections are coming up in a year and the liberal media wants to get started early bashing Republicans in any way they can, but this seemed to be a bit of a stretch. What will we see next, people being stereotyped on emJeopardy /em as rigid homophobic Republicans if they answer “who is the current President?” to the question, “Bush.” Start watching for this type of “tolerance” for others’ points of view in the liberal media as the election gets closer; my guess is that as their psychological discomfort grows and the threat of the Democrats losing becomes a possibility, much of the “tolerant” MSM will throw tolerance of ambiguity right out the window. Their worldview will be as rigid as the one that they portray conservatives to be: inflexible, intolerant, closed to new experiences and fearful that the whole country might not believe as they do. As goes iBlind Date,/i so goes iThis Week?/i I think you can count on it.