For every Chandra Levy, Laci Peterson, Elizabeth Smart or Natalee Holloway, there are dozens more victims whose cases go ignored by the media. Bridget Johnson asks if some lives - those of the cute, white, female, wealthy and preferably blond - are worth more than others.
PJM Roundup: A continuing update on news and commentary surrounding the Annapolis Peace Conference as the world watches hopefully, skeptically, and in some places - angrily. The text of Olmert-Abbas agreement announced by President Bush today is here.
A majority of Americans say it is "likely" that their government knew about the September 11 attacks in advance and ignored the warning, a recent poll revealed: more evidence that what were once considered loony fringe theories have penetrated the U.S. mainstream. Richard Miniter examines the roots of the claims and debunks them.
Will libraries and bookstores survive the Internet age? Richard Fernandez examines what the efforts by Google and Microsoft to digitize the world's collection of books mean for readers and whether it is something to be celebrated or feared.
UPDATED PJM Paris: Fires raged and mobs rioted in the Paris banlieues (suburbs) Monday night for the second night in a row, after two boys, aged 15 and 16, died when their mini-motorcycle hit a police car a day earlier, Nidra Poller reports. At least sixty policemen have been injured, and a school gym has gone up in flames.
This a href=”http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkzJmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3MjI0NzQzJnlyaXJ5N2Y3MTdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5Mg==”court case of a mother who killed/a her 14-year-old son is troubling (Hat Tip: a href=”http://www.blogger.com/profile/17352836883752091339″reader_iam/a):br /br /blockquotebr /Linda Calbi was originally charged with murder, but the charges were later downgraded to aggravated assault, based on expert reports that medical error contributed significantly to the boy’s death. She was sentenced last year to three years in prison and won’t be eligible for parole until November 2008.br /br /The Calbis were divorced in 2001 after 15 years of marriage. A few months after Matt’s death, Chris Calbi fell behind his alimony payments and filed papers in court seeking a reduction or termination of his payment obligations.br /br /”She took the life of her oldest son, scarred her younger son for the rest of his life, and tore the fabric of my soul from me,” Chris Calbi wrote in papers filed in Superior Court in Hackensack. “To reward this evil and violent woman by allowing her … to derive a financial benefit from the family she destroyed … can only be described as a perversion of our justice system.”br /br /A judge ordered him to continue making payments, then later interrupted alimony for the period that Linda Calbi is incarcerated.br /br /But Chris Calbi’s arrears had risen to more $40,000 by then, and the judge ordered him to pay $400 a month to his ex-wife’s prison account./blockquotebr / br /I would have to agree with the father’s analysis; to be forced to pay this killer (the a href=”http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=Newsid=467165″beating she gave her son/a caused internal injuries) alimony is truly a perversion of our justice system. No one who kills their child should be rewarded with monetary support from a spouse. More and more, it seems our society rewards horrible acts with money, prestige and sympathy. There has to be a line drawn somewhere. The law should be changed.
Is the UN Development Program dumping evidence in the name of housecleaning?
With scandals brewing around UNDP activities in Burma and North Korea after key documents were thrown in the shredder, you would think the agency would be at pains to preserve its records. Wrong. PajamasXpress blogger Claudia Rosett reveals that the UNDP has been quietly arranging to scrap computer servers that could hold important information.
There's a baby boom among the rich and fabulous, and Amy Alkon wants to know whether it represents a new family values trend, or if a brood is simply the latest chic fashion accessory.
All of a sudden it seems as if everybody is attacking somebody. In the Democratic race frontrunners Hillary and Obama are openly trading jabs, and in the more crowded Republican race contenders are lashing out at multiple opponents. PJM's William Bradley looks ahead to a holiday season that isn't going to be about peace and harmony when it comes to politics.
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 six on the Republican. We will change our lineup on the Sunday after RCP does, if it does.
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On the face of it, the Annapolis peace parley that starts today looks like a colossal waste of time, says Jules Crittenden. Still, this gathering will make clear who in the Middle East seeks peace and who does not - and that's worth something.
As Americans take to the roads and the airports returning home from their holiday, over in Great Britain, a new proposal on global warming could limit that freedom. Will the British become "the experimental rats in the carbon-mania laboratory?" asks David Vance. And if the experiment succeeds in the UK, could the US be next?
PJM Beirut: The bad news is that Lebanese parliament has once again failed to elect a president and the country is in limbo after the incumbent president has quit. The good news, according to Jeha, is that the chaos is still limited to the political realm and no shots have been fired. Lebanon's fragile democracy is hanging on - for now.
PJM Sydney: Australia has dumped President Bush's rock-solid friend and ally John Howard. Now, meet Kevin Rudd... a new and formidable force in Australian politics. Peter Day says his election-night victory speech should comfort conservatives... somewhat.
Is it my imagination or are the current crop of holiday drivers mean as snakes and nuts to boot? I have been flipped off twice this week by drivers–both who were at fault. One driver with some real Christmas spirit–with a tree in the back of his truck for goodness sakes–ran a stop sign, almost hit us and had the gall to flip us a bird. Another car was using the turn lane to drive in as if it were a regular lane and was mad that I was there–uhh, turning. Naturally, the two young guys in the car had to jump up and down flipping birds. Then to top it off, a car crossed two lanes of traffic while I was going straight and nearly plowed into me; only by quickly pulling to the other side of the road did I avoid a collision. And they looked mad at me! Anyone out there experience this level of holiday cheer while out cruising around?br /br /Update: Speaking of road rage, a href=”http://www.guzer.com/videos/women_road_rage.php”here is a pretty funny video/a from a movie of two women drivers who duke it out in a parking lot, make sure you catch the bumper sticker on the back of one of the cars stating, “War is not the answer.”
PJM Indianapolis: Is anti-Americanism rampant in Latin America, or is it simply hyped by the international media? Ari Kaufman writes that not all Latinos think like Hugo Chavez.
PJM ROUNDUP: Australian Prime Minister John Howard has lost his bid for a fifth successive term in power. Howard has called Labor leader Kevin Rudd to concede defeat. Click for media coverage and reaction from bloggers and pundits...
So, if you’re bored today and want to take yet another quiz, how about the Ultimate 2008 Presidential Matcher? Here are my results:br /br /table style=”width: 320px; border: 1px solid gray; font: normal 12px arial, verdana, sans-serif; background-color: white;”trtd colspan=”2″ style=”background: white; color: black; padding: 5px;”b style=”font: bold 20px ‘Times New Roman’, serif; display: block; margin-bottom: 8px;”Ultimate 2008 Presidential Candidate Matcher/b div style=”font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 4px;”Your Result: bRudy Guiliani/b/divdiv style=”width: 200px; background: white; border: 1px solid black;”div style=”width: 83%; background: red; font-size: 8px; line-height: 8px;”nbsp;/div/divp style=”margin: 10px; border: none; background: white; color: black;”The former New York City mayor emphasizes his tough foreign policy stance. His primary issue is national security, and would continue to pursue Bush’s war on terrorism. Guiliani is liberal on social issues, favoring civil unions for gays and abortion rights. He is more conservative on tax policy, healthcare, and social security. He wants to expand nuclear energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels./p/td/trtrtd style=”color: black; background: white; padding: 3px;”John McCain/tdtd style=”background: white; padding: 3px;”div style=”width: 100px; background: white; border: 1px solid black; margin-top: 4px;”div style=”width: 58%; background: red; font-size: 8px; line-height: 8px;”nbsp;/div/div/td/trtrtd style=”color: black; background: white; padding: 3px;”Mitt Romney/tdtd style=”background: white; padding: 3px;”div style=”width: 100px; background: white; border: 1px solid black; margin-top: 4px;”div style=”width: 55%; background: red; font-size: 8px; line-height: 8px;”nbsp;/div/div/td/trtrtd style=”color: black; background: white; padding: 3px;”Ron Paul/tdtd style=”background: white; padding: 3px;”div style=”width: 100px; background: white; border: 1px solid black; margin-top: 4px;”div style=”width: 32%; background: red; font-size: 8px; line-height: 8px;”nbsp;/div/div/td/trtrtd style=”color: black; background: white; padding: 3px;”Hillary Clinton/tdtd style=”background: white; padding: 3px;”div style=”width: 100px; background: white; border: 1px solid black; margin-top: 4px;”div style=”width: 30%; background: red; font-size: 8px; line-height: 8px;”nbsp;/div/div/td/trtrtd style=”color: black; background: white; padding: 3px;”Barack Obama/tdtd style=”background: white; padding: 3px;”div style=”width: 100px; background: white; border: 1px solid black; margin-top: 4px;”div style=”width: 25%; background: red; font-size: 8px; line-height: 8px;”nbsp;/div/div/td/trtrtd style=”color: black; background: white; padding: 3px;”John Edwards/tdtd style=”background: white; padding: 3px;”div style=”width: 100px; background: white; border: 1px solid black; margin-top: 4px;”div style=”width: 21%; background: red; font-size: 8px; line-height: 8px;”nbsp;/div/div/td/trtrtd style=”color: black; background: white; padding: 3px;”Dennis Kucinich/tdtd style=”background: white; padding: 3px;”div style=”width: 100px; background: white; border: 1px solid black; margin-top: 4px;”div style=”width: 13%; background: red; font-size: 8px; line-height: 8px;”nbsp;/div/div/td/trtrtd colspan=”2″ style=”text-align: center; padding: 8px;”a href=”http://www.gotoquiz.com/ultimate_2008_presidential_candidate_matcher”bUltimate 2008 Presidential Candidate Matcher/b/abra href=”http://www.gotoquiz.com/”Take More Quizzes/a/td/tr/tablebr /br /You can a href=”http://www.gotoquiz.com/ultimate_2008_presidential_candidate_matcher”take it here./a
UPDATED PJM Mumbai: Three near simultaneous blasts outside courts in three cities in northern India on Friday killed and injured several people, Amit Varma reports.
In the first PJ Media War on Terror Conversation, Presidential candidate Fred Thompson discusses the current situations in Iran, Iraq and Pakistan. The senator/actor also explains why he thinks the recent Hollywood anti-war films are box office failures. Joining Thompson are PJM CEO Roger L. Simon and Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee. (Produced by Andrew Marcus) Transcript of video here.
Once a proud supporter of Canada's social safety net, Heather Cook now wouldn't mind seeing a little more free-market competition in her country. Maybe then she wouldn't have to wait over a year to take her son to the doctor's office.
An Iranian student at a Canadian university has been accused by fellow bloggers of being a government agent and by the Iranian regime of being "the number one source of anti-Iran news from the Iranian blogosphere for the neo-con media." Nonetheless, Arash Kamangir says he has no intention of stopping.
The bloody and tragic soap opera gripping Europe right now isn't a telenovela - it's a real life incident spawned by a Jerry Springer-like program in which a Spanish man proposed to his Russian ex-girlfriend, she turned him down -- and he cut her throat, reports John Chappell The television show and its host take no responsibility for what happened. That's show biz.
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Host Bill Bradley leads an episode bookended with Thanksgiving and Christmas survival tips, beginning with Dr. Helen Smith on surviving political warfare at the holiday dinner table, and concluding with James Lileks, master of the Bleat discussing ill-fated holiday Gastroanomalies.
You’ll also hear:
- Dean Barnett on “The Plucky Smart Kid with the Fatal Disease“.
- Glenn Reynolds’ interview with Ali Eteraz on “Separating Mosque and State“
- La Shawn Barber on Blog World Expo, the adjoining God Blog Convention, and the rise of the religious left.
- Produced by Ed Driscoll.
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Unless you’re planning on buying a treadmill this year, forget that turkey – it’s the opening gun of shopping season and you don’t want to miss the sales. And, like last year, PJ Media will be here with gift picks from some of your favorite bloggers. Be the first on your block with an %%AMAZON=B000FI73MA Amazon Kindle%%… or leave your own shopping/sales tips here…