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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

PJ Media proudly announces our latest PajamasXpress bloggers – Roger Kimball and Ron Silver. Kimball – author of The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art, among many other works, and editor of The New Criterion and Encounter Books – will blog at “Roger’s Rules”. Actor and activist Silver, who published his first article on PJM on Tuesday, will blog at the “Silver Bullet.” Both men’s first posts are up. Have a look.

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Madrid’s March 11 Sentence: Case Wide Closed

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 - by Robert Latona

Twenty-one of 28 suspects in the 2004 Madrid train bombings were found guilty today by a Spanish court, but the suspected mastermind was absolved on all charges. Because a case is not closed in Spain until the courts have determined the person or persons ultimately responsible for a crime's commission, Robert Latona wonders whether justice has been served.

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Should Men Get Married?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

My a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2007/10/ask_dr_helen_6.php”PJM column is up:/abr /br /blockquoteIf PJM’s advice columnist Dr. Helen Smith ever doubted that the institution of marriage was getting to be an increasingly risky and expensive proposition for men – her readers have certainly educated her, forcing her to think carefully about whether or not to advise them to head to the altar./blockquotebr /br /Much of the column is about a new book by professor Stephen Baskerville entitled, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1581825943?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1581825943″Taken into Custody: The War Against Fatherhood, Marriage, and the Family./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1581825943″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / The book is an important one and brings to light some of the difficulties men are having with the current family court system. It is worth a read for those of you who want to know more about the ins and outs of the family court system’s bias towards men (and some women). br /br /Anyway, take a a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2007/10/ask_dr_helen_6.php”look at my column/a to learn more.

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Ask Dr. Helen: Should Men Get Married?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 - by Helen Smith

If PJM's advice columnist Dr. Helen Smith ever doubted that the institution of marriage was getting to be an increasingly risky and expensive proposition for men - her readers have certainly educated her, forcing her to think carefully about whether or not to advise them to head to the altar.

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Little Brotherly Love Among Democrats at Philly Debate

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 - by Eric Scheie

Bored with the lackluster Democrat debates? Sick of the predictable invincibility of Hillary Clinton? Strap on your seatbelt, because Eric Scheie found Tuesday's debate at Philadelphia's Drexel University to be surprisingly interesting - after all, how many presidential debates include UFO sightings?

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Ron Rosenbaum: Shocking Inside DC Scandal Rumor

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Is the Los Angeles Times sitting on a story about a sexual scandal involving one of the leading presidential candidates? PajamasXpress blogger Ron Rosenbaum explores the ethics dilemma the media establishment faces in such a situation. Read the full post here.

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Disquiet on the Danube: Hungarians Take to the Streets

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 - by Hogan Hayes

PJM Budapest: Hogan Hayes looks at the rumblings of discontent with the Socialist-led coalition governing Hungary. But can the country change course?

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Teen is Suspect in Craigslist Killing

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

This a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21546336/?GT1=10450″story is troubling/a:br /br /blockquoteMINNEAPOLIS – A 19-year-old man suspected of killing a woman who answered an online ad for a baby sitter was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder.br /br /Michael John Anderson is accused of shooting Katherine Ann Olson in the back at his home in suburban Savage, according to the criminal complaint filed in Scott County District Court./blockquotebr /br /Sadly, the victim a href=”http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/ap/index.cfm?page=viewid=D8SJPE080″sensed that something was wrong /awith a woman named “Amy” who asked her to babysit but she didn’t rely on her built-in intuition:br /br /blockquoteThis ad was posted by someone claiming to be “Amy.” Olson’s roommate, Matt Thiede, told police that Olson had talked with “Amy” over the phone and commented that “the woman seemed kind of strange.”br /br /Olson and “Amy” exchanged e-mails, and in one message, “Amy” asked Olson to baby-sit a child between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday. The address and phone number provided to Olson matched Anderson’s address and cell phone number, authorities said./blockquotebr /br /If you talk to a stranger on the phone about setting up a job or other business exchange etc., it is always best to meet them in a public place, not a home and if the person sounds strange, don’t go or at least bring a friend to a restaurant or open area with other people. Gavin de Becker, the author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0440226198?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0440226198″The Gift of Fear/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0440226198″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / says “victims of violent behavior usually feel a sense of fear before any threat or violence takes place. They may distrust the fear, or it may impel them to some action that saves their lives.” br /br /Good advice.

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

a href=”http://runningahospital.blogspot.com/2007/10/grand-rounds-volume-4-number-6.html”Grand Rounds is up./a Be sure to check out a href=”http://www.healthline.com/blogs/outdoor_health/2007/10/surviving-wildfire.html”the post on how to survive /aa wildfire.br /br /Update: Also check out the latest a href=”http://sbees.blogspot.com/2007/10/carnival-of-homeschooling-yearbook.html”Carnival of Homeschooling./a

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Sudan’s Deadly New Crisis

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 - by Drima

PJM Khartoum: War clouds are once again growing over the troubled Sudan, writes Drima, AKA The Sudanese Thinker, as the latest peace effort teeters on the brink of collapse.

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How to Get the World to Like Us -The Case for Isolationism

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 - by Ron Silver

Bummed out about international hostility to the US of A? Waiting for the good times to roll again? Actor/activist Ron Silver has a proposal for you. (NOTE: Silver's new PajamasXpress blog "Silver Bullet" for PJ Media is now active.)

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Ari Fleischer: A New Breed of Jewish Leader

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 - by Jane Whitson

Jane Whitson - AKA Nashville-based blogger Webutante - barely knew Jewish Republicans existed until last week, when she met former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, whom she now views as "a modern day Moses leading his people out of slavery, into freedom. But rather than leading them out of the land of Egypt, he's taking them out of the bondage of the Democratic party."

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Fun in D.C.

Monday, October 29th, 2007

a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/RyXwftxCDaI/AAAAAAAAAB4/Qb-hhhDQsr4/s1600-h/carpicseized.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/RyXwftxCDaI/AAAAAAAAAB4/Qb-hhhDQsr4/s320/carpicseized.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”"id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5126768178483039650″ //abr /Sorry about the light posting this week, I was in Washington D.C. enjoying the sights and trying to rest my fingers from typing. D.C. was fun, I went to Georgetown where it was packed with people shopping like mad–I found an unoccuppied stoop outside and plopped myself down until the teens I was with finished shopping at a href=”http://www.sephora.com/;jsessionid=0ADGGJB1K45LZLAUCJ2RXCQ?cm_mmc=us_search-_-GG-_-gn%20seph-_-Sephora_requestid=18863″Sephora/a which is a very popular make-up store. It was funny to watch the guys walking with women by the store –the women’s eyes would widen as they passed and they would squeal with glee, “It’s Sephora!” Either the guy would look a bit puzzled like, “Huh, what’s that?” or the more savey among them would know, look at his watch and say, “you have ten minutes.” It was interesting to watch. I often wish I could think of some product to sell that would bring as much joy to people as this make-up store does for women. I would soon be a millionaire. br /br /Anyway, I stayed at a nice hotel near the Capital that had one of those new elevator systems called a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/011011.php”Miconic 10./a They seem to be popping up everywhere and I must say, I don’t care for them. The elevator sorts the cars for the maximum efficiency by having you press the number of the floor from the outside. Then when you get in, there are no controls so if you made a mistake, you have no way to correct it. Call me neurotic, but I hate the lack of controls inside the elevator. I am secretly scared of elevators but until now, have tried to keep this fear to myself. I use them and deal with the uneasy feeling but I must say that if you have an elevator phobia, this new system is not great. I was the Hearst building in NYC a few weeks ago and they had this system. I had to go to the 44th floor and must admit that by the time I got off, I was pretty uneasy. If you don’t like elevators, this device is not the best–perhaps with time, there will be improvements or maybe the manufacturers don’t consider that some of us are slightly phobic of elevators.br /br /Anyway, finally, as I drove back from D.C., I spent a good portion of the trip beside a DARE cop car. The car was a Mustang GT that had been painted all over and had DARE advertisements all over it. The most amusing–or perhaps unnerving–advertisement on the car stated boldly, “This car was seized from a local drug dealer.” Now call me crazy, but why advertise that you are stealing cars from drug dealers and then driving them around. This is hardly something to be proud of. The law apparently is quite liberal when a href=”http://www.reason.com/news/show/35765.html”seizing property/a from anyone they suspect is accused of dealing drugs but the person does not even have to be charged. And somehow, the idea that this property is given to the police is a real racket, setting up the incentive for all types of corruption. As I was driving, I sort of wished I had a car that said, “I seized this car from a local Sheriff accused of police brutality.” Might have been funny, okay, probably not. I might have ended up with a ticket I didn’t really want. br /br /So, I had a nice weekend and am now back, after a number of adventures.

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What’s Al Qaeda Got To Do With The California Fires?

Monday, October 29th, 2007 - by Aaron Hanscom

Global warming or Al Qaeda? Everyone has their own bogeyman to blame for the wildfires that raged through Southern California last week. PJM's Aaron Hanscom wonders if this is a good thing.

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Cristina Kirchner: From First Lady to Argentina’s President

Monday, October 29th, 2007 - by Ian Mount

PJM Buenos Aires: Argentina didn't really elect Latin America's Hillary Clinton on Sunday. Ian Mount writes that Cristina Kirchner's use of image over substance separates her from America's former First Lady.

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Poor, Not Dumb: Common Sense Reform for Medicaid

Monday, October 29th, 2007

There's got to be a better prescription for the American health care system than increased government intervention, argues Dr. Linda Halderman, a breast cancer surgery specialist whose rural practice was destroyed by "frustrating, unsustainable bureaucracy."

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Week 41 in Progress

Monday, October 29th, 2007

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

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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Going After Rudy and Hillary

Sunday, October 28th, 2007 - by Bill Bradley

PJM's Monday Morning Quarterback William Bradley looks ahead to the coming week in politics, where he expects the Democratic pack to finally remove the gloves when it comes to Hillary Clinton and hit the front-runner harder, while the GOP continue to squabble over who is the real conservative.

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Islam in the Heartland

Sunday, October 28th, 2007 - by Ari J. Kaufman

PJM Indianapolis: "Flyover country" is generally thought to be a conservative stronghold. But Ari Kaufman finds that the center of the country is more complicated than that - citing as an example the push in Indiana to accomodate ritual Moslem footwashing in public airports.

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Is Mikhail Khodorkovsky A Political Prisoner?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007 - by Kim Zigfeld

If President Bush really wants to understand today's Russia, maybe he should spend less time looking Putin in the eye and peer into the eyes of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, writes PJM's Russia analyst Kim Zigfeld. The former tycoon sits in a Siberian prison convicted of committing corporate fraud. When his arrest and prosecution is scrutinized, Khodorkovsky looks more and more like an old-style Soviet dissident.

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Flemming Rose: Do Swedes Want Free Speech?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

In the wake of death threats to Swedish artist Lars Vilks for drawing the prophet Mohammed as a dog, Swedish newsmagazine Fokus polled Swedes on whether offending religious images should be forbidden. A full 25% said they supported such a ban – the figure was even higher among women and the poor. A worrisome trend in liberal Sweden, reports PajamasXPress blogger Flemming Rose. Read the full post here.

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The Invulnerable Networked Insurgency, Part 2

Saturday, October 27th, 2007 - by Richard Fernandez

Why doesn't the government close down all the poisonous hate sites run by terrorist webmasters? PJM Sydney editor Richard Fernandez continues his analysis of the Internet Jihad. (Read part one here)

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Politics of Envy and Fear in Canada

Saturday, October 27th, 2007 - by Catherine McMillan

PJM Saskatchewan: The attack ads are running and the half-hearted promises for change are being made. Catherine McMillan reports on the election campaign in one of Canada's most politically-charged provinces.

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Michael Ledeen: We Need Regime Change in Iran

Friday, October 26th, 2007

The mullahs in Iran aren’t going to develop a love of peace or common sense anytime soon, warns PajamasXpress blogger Michael Ledeen. “Those who loudly demand negotiations and bridle at the very thought of the president calling for regime change in Tehran and its sister city Damascus, are actually making war more likely.” Read the full post here.

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Corn & Miniter: NH Polls Revealing

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Latest polls in New Hampshire show Hillary Clinton’s lead over Democrat rivals widening. Is the “secret inevitability machine” at play? What’s the reason for the quite surprising results in the GOP field? In this week’s show, David Corn and Richard Miniter discuss it, separatism in Hawaii, and much more. Click and watch! (Audio-only MP3 version available here)

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