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Friday, November 30th, 2007

Those who have sex later, particularly men, seem to experience more sexual dysfunction, a href=”http://www.abcnews.go.com/Health/Sex/story?id=3932047page=1″according to a new study/a (Hat tip: a href=”http://karasoth.wordpress.com/”Larry/a):br /br /blockquoteWhile past research has linked early sexual activity to health problems, a new study suggests that waiting too long to start having sex carries risks of its own. br /br /Those who lose their virginity at a later age — around 21 to 23 years of age — tend to be more likely to experience sexual dysfunction problems later, say researchers at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute’s HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. /blockquotebr /br /The article points out that psychological factors are likely to play a part in this sexual dsyfunction:br /br /blockquoteFrom a clinical standpoint, there are often dynamics other than the desire to be abstinent until marriage, such as fear of intimacy, body image problems, alcohol and drug abuse, and sexual dysfunction,” he said. He adds that these factors “might influence the delay of sexual debut as a means of avoiding sexual issues.” /blockquotebr /br /Okay, so if you want to know the real reason for this study, it seems to be apparent by the end of the article:br /br /blockquoteThe researchers say this preliminary evidence may point up detrimental effects of abstinence-only education. br /br /The authors write that the study “lends credence to research showing that abstinence-only education may actually increase health risks,” adding that other approaches may better equip young people to avoid both short- and long-term sexual health consequences. /blockquotebr /br /I am not a fan of abstinence-only education, but I wonder how much of this particular research is driven by a desire to find fault with providing these programs in schools?

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PJM Political

Friday, November 30th, 2007

If you missed the emPJM Political /emshow last night on XM, you can a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2007/11/pjm_political_on_xm_112207fred.php”now listen to it here. /a

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‘The Guardian’ Accuses American Ally of Being “Mafia Don”

Friday, November 30th, 2007 - by Bob Owens

Is Abul Abed - the former Sunni insurgent leader in Iraq who now battles al-Qaeda - no better than a mafia don, as The Guardian described him? Bob Owens says the facts on the ground tell a different story.

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Why Speak English in America?

Friday, November 30th, 2007 - by Aaron Hanscom

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid think the US needs bilingual education. But PJM editor Aaron Hanscom, who speaks Spanish and was recently a public school teacher, feels differently.

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Voting Rights on a Slippery Slope

Friday, November 30th, 2007 - by Roger Clegg

Should children, criminals, non-citizens, and the mentally ill be allowed to vote? Roger Clegg reports that the left wants to enfranchise more, or all, of them.

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PJ Media Announces “Energy Trek”

Friday, November 30th, 2007 - by Mark Anderson

PJ Media is proud to announce Energy Trek - an initiative to help people make a difference in home energy use. Our purpose is to encourage individuals and groups - no matter what their political perspectives - to conserve energy via replacing inefficient incandescent bulbs and other means. For a more detailed press release description of Energy Trek, please click "Read."

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Putin Out to Fix Russian Election

Friday, November 30th, 2007 - by

Russians head to the polls on Sunday to vote in their country's parliamentary elections. Kim Zigfeld warns that it won't be a fine moment for democracy because President Vladimir Putin is determined to manipulate the outcome.

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PJM Political On XM 11/29/07–Fred! Speaks

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Tune in each Thursday to XM Channel #130, POTUS ’08 at 6:00 PM Eastern/3:00 PM Pacific for PJ Media’s weekly PJM Political show! (And at 11:00 PM Eastern/8:00 Pacific for a rebroadcast) If you missed this week’s show, click here to listen:

November 29th PJM Political On XM Satellite Radio


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Join host Bill Bradley for thoughts on yesterday’s GOP YouTube/CNN debate, plus:

  • Pajamas CEO Roger L. Simon and Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee interview Sen. Fred Thompson regarding the future of America’s War On Terror.
  • Should Thompson not get the nomination, Ed Morrissey and Duane Patterson (producer of The Hugh Hewitt Show) discuss his chances as a GOP vice presidential nominee.
  • Glenn Reynolds and Dr. Helen Smith discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case involving the Second Amendment with Robert Levy of the CATO Institute.
  • Liz Stephans and Scott Baker of Breitbart.TV on the role of YouTube and viral online video in the 2008 presidential election.
  • Produced by Ed Driscoll.
  • For extended versions of each of today’s segments, and the video of the Thompson interview don’t miss this week’s PJM Political “Director’s Cut Interviews.”

    A lo-fi edition of this week’s show (mono, 15.5 MB) is available here. Finally, if you missed any previous episodes of PJM Political, click here and scroll through for hours of audio archives.

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    PJM Political–The Director’s Cut Interviews

    Thursday, November 29th, 2007

    Many of the segments on each week’s edition of PJM Political are edited to fit the show’s hour-long length. To hear–and in one case watch–the full-length versions of the interviews presented, just follow the links below:

  • PJM Political host Bill Bradley shares his thoughts on yesterday’s GOP YouTube/CNN debate, plus the surprising surge of Mike Huckabee. Has receiving the Chuck Norris stamp of approval helped his campaign? And on the left, where do Hillary and Obama go from here?

  • Pajamas CEO Roger L. Simon and Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee interview Sen. Fred Thompson in an extended video presentation focusing on Thompson’s thoughts on the future of America’s War On Terror.
  • Should Thompson not get the nomination, Ed Morrissey and Duane Patterson (producer of The Hugh Hewitt Show) explore his chances as a GOP vice presidential nominee in a segment from Ed’s Heading Right Radio show on Blog Talk Radio.
  • Senator Thompson’s debut, and Gov. Huckabee’s Chuck Norris ad were both predicated on the concept of viral online videos. That’s a topic that Liz Stephans and Scott Baker of Breitbart.TV discuss in depth, complete with audio examples.
  • Glenn Reynolds and Dr. Helen Smith forecast the upcoming Supreme Court case involving the Second Amendment with Robert Levy of the CATO Institute.
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    Thursday, November 29th, 2007

    Amy Alkon has a a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2007/11/rich_litter.php”column at PJM /aabout rich people having too many kids. Okay, maybe adopting kids around the world like a fashion accessory like Angelina Jolie is a bit much but in general, I’m glad those with money are having kids. Would it be better if they were poor?

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    A Bound Man

    Thursday, November 29th, 2007

    Last night, I read the insightful new book by Shelby Steele entitled, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1416559175?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1416559175″emA Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can’t Win./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1416559175″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Steele’s book offers an in-depth analysis of race relations in this country and he uses Obama’s iconic success as a jumping off point to discuss the conundrum of how blacks are a href=”http://www.amazon.com/dp/1416559175?tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=15041creative=373501link_code=as3″bound by racial constraints:/abr /br /blockquoteIn Shelby Steele’s beautifully wrought and thought provoking new book, A Bound Man, the award-winning and bestselling author of The Content of Our Character attests that Senator Barack Obama’s groundbreaking quest for the highest office in the land is fast becoming a galvanizing occasion beyond mere presidential politics, one that is forcing a national dialogue on the current state of race relations in America. Says Steele, poverty and inequality usually are the focus of such dialogues, but Obama’s bid for so high an office pushes the conversation to a more abstract level where race is a politics of guilt and innocence generated by our painful racial history — a kind of morality play between (and within) the races in which innocence is power and guilt is impotence.br /br /Steele writes of how Obama is caught between the two classic postures that blacks have always used to make their way in the white American mainstream: bargaining and challenging. Bargainers strike a “bargain” with white America in which they say, I will not rub America’s ugly history of racism in your face if you will not hold my race against me. Challengers do the opposite of bargainers. They charge whites with inherent racism and then demand that they prove themselves innocent by supporting black-friendly policies like affirmative action and diversity./blockquotebr /br /The problem with this bargain/challenger paradigm for Obama is that as a Democrat, he must please blacks who seem to respect challengers such as Al Sharpton more, but whites want “the iconic Negro, the bargainer in whom they see their own innocence and the nation’s redemption.” Obama needs both the black and white vote to do well in the primaries so, according to Steele, in essence, he is a “Bound Man.” br /br /Steele gives his prescription for blacks on how to break the chains of being a bound man, and that is black responsibility. He states:br /br /blockquoteAnd here is the pathos of American race relations. Obviously, black responsibility is the greatest — if not the only — transformative power available to blacks. How could it be otherwise? Just because we were oppressed, it does not follow that there is a force other than our own assumption of responsibility — our own agency — that will lift us up. Where in all of human history has one group been lifted up by the guilt or goodwill or need for innocence of another group? Where have former oppressors transformed their former victims?/blockquotebr /br /Where, indeed? Read the whole book if you get a chance: Steele’s last chapter is simply poetic and serves as a wake-up call for all of us who wish to transcend identity politics and move into a new era of interacting with each other in more humanitarian ways. Bargaining and challenging may be great ways to manipulate, but they are not great maneuvers for achieving freedom–which should be the goal of all democratic societies.

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    British Invasion Hits U.S. Media

    Thursday, November 29th, 2007 - by Steve Boriss

    The biggest British influence on American culture since the Beatles is transforming our news. Steve Boriss welcomes the invaders with open arms: it's about time someone spiced up our "snoozy, prissy and haughty" media outlets, he says.

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    Thursday Morning Quarterback

    Thursday, November 29th, 2007

    Bill Bradley, the host of PJ Media’s PJM Political on XM Satellite Radio and his own Monday Morning Quarterback column has some first impressions of Wednesday’s night’s GOP YouTube debate on CNN, in a podcast recorded immediately after the debate concluded.

    A portion of this interview will be featured later today on PJM Political; this is the unedited extended cut.

    Bill Bradley On The CNN GOP YouTube Debate

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    Philippine President Arroyo Crushes Rebellion Against Her

    Thursday, November 29th, 2007

    1,000 government troops surrounded the hotel in Manila where renegade army officers opposed to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo holed up after storming out of their coup trial. PJM Manila correspondent Dean Bocobo reported government troops assaulted their position with armor. Manila media say the rebels have now surrendered.

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    GOP YouTube Debate: CNN Hillary Plant

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 - by Stephen Green

    VodkaPundit's Stephen Green watched tonight's debate with (several) cocktails in hand and came away with more than a slight headache after seeing how shamelessly the CNN agenda controlled the event - and that was before he found out Hillary Clinton's campaign had planted a question.

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    Iran Puts Damper on Annapolis Party

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 - by Meir Javedanfar

    Time will tell whether the Annapolis conference actually marked a milestone in the pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace. But it has made Mahmoud Ahmadinejad very unhappy. Meir Javedanfar has been following the Iranian reaction.

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    CNN/YouTube GOP Debate Warmup

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

    PJM ROUNDUP: Tonight it's the Republican presidential candidates' turn to field questions submitted via video by people through YouTube. Will there be any snowmen this time around? All videos here Click below for the latest news and commentary leading up to the debate....

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    Hollywood’s Phony (Anti)War – The Sequel

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 - by Roger L Simon

    Are they truly antiwar - or the addled product of unacknowledged moral confusion? Pajamas CEO and striking screenwriter Roger L. Simon continues his analysis of why Hollywood's recent spate of antiwar movies have been such box office disasters.

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    What if Tonight’s YouTube Questions Came from Vodkapundit?

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

    Only about 40 video submissions were played during Wednesday's CNN/YouTube GOP debate. Stephen Green of Vodkapundit wasn't one of the lucky ones, but that didn't stop him from preparing several questions for the presidential hopefuls. More at the jump...

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    Breitbart.TV: The Director’s Cut Interview

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

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    From this Thursday’s PJM Political, Liz Stephans And Scott Baker of Breitbart.TV discuss producing TV for the Web, the YouTube phenomenon, and how Internet video is poised to impact the 2008 presidential campaign in much the same way that blogging did in 2004. This is the complete interview with Ed Driscoll, the producer of PJM Political; an edited version will appear in this Thursday’s show on XM satellite radio’s POTUS ’08 channel.

    (Recorded at Blog World Expo in Las Vegas.)

    Scott Baker and Liz Stephans of Breitbart.TV

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    No Muslims Need Apply? Romney Tangled Up in Religion… Again

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 - by Rick Moran

    Did GOP hopeful Mitt Romney really say that he wouldn't even consider appointing a Muslim to his cabinet? He's tried to clarify the remarks, reports Rick Moran, but already grappling with attacks on his Mormonism, this was one "faith-based" controversy he didn't need.

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    Peace Fatigue: Israelis Watch Annapolis and Yawn

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 - by Allison Kaplan Sommer

    Israelis had a hard time getting excited about Annapolis. They'd seen it all before, been through too much and been let down too many times to work up much enthusiasm, writes PJM Tel Aviv editor Allison Kaplan Sommer.

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    Iraq: Mission (Almost) Accomplished?

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 - by Jules Crittenden

    Has the President's vision of Iraq been realized? The moment is near, writes Jules Crittenden, who contends that the country is "on its way to becoming everything Bush promised four years ago."

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    Office Mate or Bad Date?

    Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

    So the mistletoe is going up and the office Christmas parties are starting to organize. You’ve had your eye on the cute man or woman down the hall and you figure what better way to get to know them than over the office copy machine–uh, make that at the boss’s house during the holiday party–hopefully, you are single while considering this. Office romance, good idea or bad? That depends, according to a new book entitled a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1598693301?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1598693301″emOffice Mate: The Employee Handbook for Finding–and Managing–Romance on the Job./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1598693301″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /br /br /The authors of the book, Helaine Olen and Stephanie Losee, are experienced office daters, having met their husbands on the job, and they offer numerous tips for those considering a relationship at the office. Many people are appalled by office dating to which Ms. Losee responds:br /br / blockquote…You can surf the Internet and hook up with complete strangers. You can let some dude in a bar pick you up. But you can’t turn to that cute man in the cubicle next to yours–the guy you know really well, the guy you’ve been working with for months, the guy who’s been vetted by Human Resources–and let him know you’re interested because it’s appalling?/blockquotebr /br /Uhh, maybe it’s because you’re afraid of being charged with sexual harassment or creating a hostile work environment, particularly if you are a guy–but even women have that problem. So the book addresses that concern with a recommendation: “Don’t violate sexual harassment law.” Then they proceed to tell you how–sort of.br /br /They explain the types of behavior that qualify as sexual harassment under federal law and state that repeated requests for romance are no-nos. They also note that the law defines sexual harassment by the way the victim perceives it, not the way that the harasser does. Okay, but this seems quite unfair, what if we decided that people could just be found guilty because someone “felt” that they had been robbed? Why is it that due process seems to fly out the window where sexual harassment or domestic violence issues are concerned. I’ll give you three guesses but if you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know the answer. br /br /Anyway, after reading all this, if you are still considering an office romance, this book is definitely worth a read if you want some excellent tips on how to woo an office mate. You can also learn why it is a mistake to reject someone by email, what to do if your ex breaks your heart and you have to slink into the office anyway, and what to do when your workplace is a romantic wasteland. br /br /Just as an aside, has anyone out there had an office romance? If so, how did it work out? Or if you haven’t, did a sexual harassment charge play a part in your decision not to date at the office?

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    The Archbishop’s Politically Correct Pap

    Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

    Pity the Anglican Church, writes Roger Kimball. Not only is it disintegrating from within but it has to deal with Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who recently opined in an interview with a Muslim magazine that “the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday.”

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