PJM Copenhagen: Following terrorist death threats, Swedish artist Lars Vilks, like other Europeans who before him who dared to mock Islam, has gone into hiding. PJM's Flemming Rose reports.
PJM Iowa City: Chanting supporters, dueling campaign signs and political red meat. Iowan John Deeth , a regular at Senator Tom Harkin's Annual Steak Fry, reviews the performances of the Democratic hopefuls.
PJM's Paris editor Nidra Poller spent a moving day on the Normandy beaches with a man who lived through the bloody WWII invasion, and contemplates the parallels with the battles being waged today. "War is hell but nations that do not have the courage to fight back when warred against are damned."
Moqtada al-Sadr's political bloc withdrew from Iraq's governing Shia alliance over the weekend. PJM editor Omar Fadhil ponders the implications.
PJM Tokyo: The sudden resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sparked an intense campaign within his party for the country's next leader. Garrett DeOrio fills us in on the last-minute maneuvering and backroom deals as Sunday's election looms.
Will McCain continue his comeback? Will Rudy continue to slam Hillary? Will Obama stick with his decision to skip pointless debates? Whatever happens this week in politics, William Bradley says one thing won't change - what happens in Iraq will continue to dominate the campaign.
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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PJM ROUNDUP: French FM Bernard Kouchner said on Sunday his country must prepare for the possibility of war against Iran over its nuclear program. "We have decided to ... prepare ourselves for possible sanctions outside the U.N. sanctions and which would be European sanctions. Our German friends proposed it. We discussed it a few days ago," Kouchner said. (Reuters) More at READ.
The a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2007/09/carnival-of-insanities_16.html”Carnival of the Insanities /a is up at Dr. Sanity’s place.
Tight military censorship prevents clear answers, but the press hints at a North Korean nuclear connection, says PJM Tel Aviv editor Allison Kaplan Sommer.
An a href=”http://lifestyle.msn.com/relationships/couplesandmarriage/articlemc.aspx?cp-documentid=5352156GT1=10416″article on MSN entitled /a “The Starter Husband” caught my eye this morning, mostly because the caption addressed to women seemed so ridiculously misandric: “You’d never buy a car without test-driving it first right? So why settle into a lifelong marriage before trying one on for size?”br /br /The article, as one can gather from the title, is about women who marry in their 20′s for practice and see nothing wrong with taking a guy out for a test-drive and dumping him off at the curb once the sheen wears off–here are some highlights from the article: br /br /blockquoteAndi takes a throaty slug of her second raspberry martini, picks at her fish taco, then sits back in her chair. “I think marriage is the new dating and having kids is the new marriage,” she proclaims loudly, as yet another woman dining with her partner turns to stare. “It’s true. I wouldn’t have married him if I didn’t think I could get out of it….”br /br /Of course, our generation can afford to chuck the Cinderella story when the glass slipper doesn’t fit. While our grandmothers were forced to remain shackled to unhappy unions for monetary reasons, most women today have the financial wherewithal to cry uncle and bolt whenever we get uncomfortable. br /br /For some, a starter husband is like a starter home — a semi-commitment where you’re willing to do some of the surface work, like painting the walls, but not the heavy lifting, like gutting the whole foundation; he’s just not a long-term investment. Others compare a starter husband to a first job, where you learn some skills and polish your resume before going after the position you really want….br /br /It’s easy to write these women off as callous or self-absorbed. strongAnd yet on some level, they just might be pioneers/strong [my emphasis]: Why stay put in an empty shell of a marriage — an arrangement on paper only — instead of calling it what it is? “This generation is reinventing marriage,” says Paul. /blockquotebr /br /I thought pioneers were supposed to be brave people who ventured out to discover new things and make the world a better place, not cowards who are too afraid to say “no” to a marriage that they don’t want just to “have a gorgeous party, and make my parents really, really happy” as one woman put it. br /br /A man is not a car and anyone who compares a human being to an object this way has more issues than I care to discuss in a blog post. I realize these self-centered articles and books such as a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812966767?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0812966767″emThe Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0812966767″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / are fun to write and really make women feel “empowered” to act in the same manner as the sexist men of yesteryear who spoke of women like chattels. But in reality, women who use men for starter husbands are the opposite of empowered–they are the archetype of the weak female: afraid to say no, afraid of independence and afraid to be unmarried in their 20′s. Yeah, the “you go girl” movement has really done a lot for these women–and reinventing marriage in this way is not empowerment of a new sort, it is just a new twist on an old theme, leaving a lover with a broken heart.
PJM Islamabad: As Pervez Musharraf faces elections in coming weeks, he is busy maneuvering to stay a step ahead of his rivals and hang onto power, reports Ghalia Aymen.
PJM Hanover, NH: All signs point to a shift in the ideology of voters in the Granite State. Dierre Upshaw predicts that "Republicans will have an increasingly difficult time courting voters in the state."
Why do some dogs leap into rivers to rescue strangers? PJM's Burt Prelutsky isn't willing to chalk it up to instinct alone.
David Freeman continues his survey of the major works of recently-deceased cinema genius Ingmar Bergman. Last time it was the brooding Wild Strawberries, this time it's the epic %%AMAZON=B000305ZYS Fanny and Alexander%%.
I had to laugh when I read a a href=”http://lashawnbarber.com/archives/2007/09/13/mammary-breaks/” a post by LaShawn Barber /a about a woman who wanted extra time during a medical licensing exam so that she could breast feed her daughter (Hat Tip: a href=”http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/6253-A-few-Saturday-Morning-Links.html”Maggie’s Farm/a). She is now a href=”http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2181884,00.html”suing the board to get the extra time:/abr /br /blockquoteA new mother who wants extra breaks so she can pump milk during a nine-hour medical licensing exam has asked a US judge to settle her dispute with the board that administers the test. br /br /Sophie Currier, 33, requested additional break time during the test, saying that if she does not nurse her four-month-old daughter, Lea, or pump breast milk every two to three hours, she risks medical complications. br /br /The exam allows a total of just 45 minutes in breaks, and the National Board of Medical Examiners has refused to give Currier the extra time she says she needs. br /br /”If we are variable in the time that’s allotted to trainees, we alter the performance of the examination,” board spokesperson Dr Ruth Hoppe said./blockquotebr /I laughed as I read this because when my daughter was less then three weeks old, I had to take my Psychology licensing exam in Nashville, two and a half hours from Knoxville. I had to leave a three week old for a day-and-a half with breast milk in a bottle for relatives to give her while I took a breast pump with me to get rid of the excess milk while on the trip. br /br /I asked the board if I could take the next scheduled test six months later but they said, “no,” and I would not be able to practice with the temporary license they had issued me in the interim. I had to go. It was a mess. I leaked milk all over my shirt and down onto the floor during the exam, but I was determined to finish and figured if they wanted me there just after giving birth, dripping milk was the least of my (and their) problems. But I did it, got no special treatment and ended up doing very well, despite my discomfort. By the time I got out of the exam, I got to the car and pumped milk as I drove two and a half hours back to Knoxville. There is still a truck driver out there somewhere who got a real thrill (or fright) that day. But hey, that’s the breaks.br /br /I never once thought of suing the board, but then, I actually believe in personal responsibility, unlike the woman mentioned in the article above who wants to have children but also wants everyone else to accomodate her in the work world.
Slate a href=”http://slate.com/id/2173965″has more analysis of the liberal brain/conservative brain study /a (Hat tip: a href=”http://www.rightwingnews.com/mt331/2007/09/weekend_links_31.php”Right Wing News/a):br /br /blockquoteThe conservative case against this study is easy to make. Sure, we’re fonder of old ways than you are. That’s in our definition. Some of our people are obtuse; so are some of yours. If you studied the rest of us in real life, you’d find that while we second-guess the status quo less than you do, we second-guess putative reforms more than you do, so in terms of complexity, ambiguity, and critical thinking, it’s probably a wash. Also, our standard of “information” is a bit tougher than the blips and fads you fall for. Sometimes, these inclinations lead us astray. But over the long run, they’ve served us and society pretty well. It’s just that you notice all the times we were wrong and ignore all the times we were right.br /br /In fact, that’s exactly what you’ve done in this study: You’ve manufactured a tiny world of letters, half-seconds, and button-pushing, so you can catch us in clear errors and keep out the part of life where our tendencies correct yours. And now you feel great about yourselves. Congratulations. You haven’t told us much about our way of thinking. But you’ve told us a lot about yours./blockquotebr /br /The author makes some good points–a href=”http://slate.com/id/2173965″read the whole thing./a
PJM's Jim Hanson of Blackfive explains why he filed a complaint with the FEC regarding the New York Times' decision to give MoveOn.Org a huge discount on their now-infamous ad attacking General Petraeus.
PJM Groningen: Tensions between the Dutch-speaking and French-speaking regions in Belgium have never been higher. Michael van der Gali√´n contends that this will result "in an independent Flanders in the long run."
Fair play? Sportsmanship? Not when there are billions of dollars at stake, notes PJM columnist Rick Moran, taking a look at the multiple scandals in professional sports involving spies, lies and videotape.
PJM ROUNDUP: Bloggers and others react to OJ Simpson questioned in Las Vegas hotel incident (Reuters/Breitbart)
It’s not the name of a rock & roll band, but the main topic of this week’s chat between David Corn and Richard Miniter. They also discuss some dirty tricks between campaigns, Sandy Berger joining Hillary Clinton’s team of advisers, and much more. Click and watch! (Audio-only MP3 version available here)
PJM ROUNDUP: Military bloggers describe their meeting with the President.
So says a href=”http://www.theangrypharmacist.com/archives/2007/09/14_and_pregnant.html”the Angry Pharmacist,/a in response to a 14-year-old girl and her parents coming into his pharmacy for emher/em prenatal vitamins. If you are easily offended, do not go to this blog–but his rants are something to behold.