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Boys, Toys, and Aggression

Monday, December 31st, 2007

It seems thata href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=504992in_page_id=1770″ playing with toy weapons/a is good for boys (Hat Tip: a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/013529.php”Instapundit/a) :br /br /blockquotePlaying with toy weapons helps the development of young boys, according to new Government advice to nurseries and playgroups.br /br /Staff have been told they must resist their “natural instinct” to stop boys using pretend weapons such as guns or light sabres in games with other toddlers. Fantasy play involving weapons and superheroes allows healthy and safe risk-taking and can also make learning more appealing, says the guidance. br /br /It conflicts with years of “political correctness” in nurseries and playgroups which has led to the banning of toy guns, action hero games and children pretending to fire “guns” using their fingers or Lego bricks. br /br /But teachers’ leaders insisted last night that guns “symbolise aggression” and said many nurseries and playgroups would ignore the change./blockquotebr /br /The Brit’s advice sounds similar to what Gerard Jones, the author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0465036961?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0465036961″ span style=”font-style:italic;”Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0465036961″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / has also argued–that young people love fantasy violence because it gives them the coping skills they so desperately need. He states that instead of banning games like span style=”font-style:italic;”Doom/span, we should harness the tremendous power of fantasy to help our kids better navigate the world around them. He interviewed me for his book and this is what I had to say: br /br /blockquote…Kids don’t grow up understanding their own aggression. Teachers and parents say, sit still, be nice, cooperate, and they don’t give kids the opportunity to play with the aggressive feelings that come up for them. Dads are often afraid to wrestle their sons to the ground, kids aren’t allowed to pretend to kill each other, and they’re certainly not taught to fight in any sort of controlled way, or even to stand up to someone who’s giving them trouble. With all of the emphasis in our schools now on getting kids in touch with their feelings, the scary feelings like anger are just kind of wished away. A kid says, ‘I feel like I love you’ and we say ‘Awwww.’ He says, ‘I feel like I want to kill you’ and we say, ‘No, you don’t.’ So a kid runs into some real conflict in life and he feels the rage coming up in him and he doesn’t know what to do with it. /blockquotebr /br /We never taught him what to do. Games can teach boys (and girls) how to deal with aggression. Brits, listen to the government advice and incorporate fantasy and make-believe violence into play–along with critical thinking skills. Rather than make kids more aggressive, it might just teach them to modulate aggressive feelings in a more constructive way.

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Last-Ditch Campaigning in the Icy Iowa Holiday Fog

Monday, December 31st, 2007 - by Bill Bradley

Once upon a time, the "early" Iowa and New Hampshire voting happened in February. With this year's unprecedented January 3rd date, last-minute campaigning - and polling - is happening in holiday season. PJM Monday Morning Quarterback William Bradley describes how this is making everything - and everyone - a little crazy.

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The FARC Farce: Starring Hugo Chavez, Directed by Oliver Stone

Monday, December 31st, 2007 - by Bridget Johnson

Chavez's "hostage rescue" underway in Colombia is sure to give Stone great footage of the Venezuelan leader's finest method acting, writes Bridget Johnson. But it's the behind-the-scenes cooperation between Chavez and the Colombian leftist guerillas that is truly worth watching.

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The Princess Diana-ization of Benazir Bhutto

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Pass the dramamine, says PajamasXpress blogger Roger Kimball and asks: “As the pious cataract of eulogies for Benazir Bhutto accumulate… which of these cringe-making hagiographical exercises is the worst?”

Kimball has a winner.

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Week 50 in Progress

Monday, December 31st, 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 six 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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Gun Bloggers Meet-up

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

a href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/R3empBjCdBI/AAAAAAAAACA/s-zuzrcnQj0/s1600-h/helenshoots.jpg”img style=”float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/R3empBjCdBI/AAAAAAAAACA/s-zuzrcnQj0/s320/helenshoots.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”"id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5149767922641695762″ //abr /Glenn and I met up with a bunch of the gun bloggers yesterday for a few rounds of shooting and then for dinner. The guests included a href=”http://www.saysuncle.com/”SayUncle,/a Sebastian at a href=”http://www.snowflakesinhell.com/”Snowflakes in Hell/a, Bitter at a href=”http://www.thebitchgirls.us/”The Bitch Girls,/a a href=”http://www.lesjones.com/”Les Jones/a, and Tam at a href=”http://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/”View From the Porch Blog./a I got some great shooting tips from everyone, including Say Uncle who tried to teach me not to flinch (not an easy feat) and from Bitter and Tam on the best guns for women with smaller hands (for more on grip techniques, check out a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0965942260?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0965942260″ span style=”font-style:italic;”Women Learning to Shoot/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0965942260″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /). Everyone at the meet-up was knowledgeable and respectful of weapons and really knew their stuff. I was amazed at the variety of weaponry and got to try out an AR-15 which I have never shot before. See the pic.

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Bhutto’s Murder: A Political and Cultural Honor Killing

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Benazir Bhutto was the first woman Prime Minister of a Muslim nation and symbolized an unacceptable form of female ambition and achievement for many in the Muslim world. Phyllis Chesler contends that Bhutto was deemed too modern and too Western, and was sentenced to death for this sin.

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Meanwhile, in North Korea…

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

While the world is focused on Pakistan, Claudia Rosett reminds us that the deadline for North Korea to come clean on its nuclear program is fast approaching (two days) with next to nothing out of the NORKS. The State Department – who brokered and trumpeted this “deal” – has little to say about this oversight, but the Rosett Report has plenty.

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Brits, Betrayal, and Babies: New Movies for the New Year

Saturday, December 29th, 2007 - by David Freeman, PJM Columnist

The quality holiday fare keeps on coming to the movie theaters and PJM's David Freeman once again picks out the gems and makes his Oscar predictions. His favorites this week include Atonement, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, and Juno.

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Hollywood Writers’ Strike: 78 Notes from the Sidewalk

Saturday, December 29th, 2007 - by Elizabeth Hackett and Hilary Galanoy

When writing partners Elizabeth Hackett and Hilary Galanoy chose Paramount Studios as their picketing location on the first day of the WGA strike, they looked forward to meeting single men and rubbing elbows with A-list writers. The screenwriters forgot all about ninety-five degree weather, scruffy guys and having to walk in a circle for 12 hours.

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What’s So Special about Iowa and New Hampshire?

Saturday, December 29th, 2007 - by

Why do two states that account for a total of 11 electoral votes hold so much power over the nominating process? That's just one of the many things muddling Burt Prelutsky's mind.

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Jailing Victims of Fatwas – For Their Own Good

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

In an attempt to protect high-profile Muslim and ex-Muslim dissidents who have had fatwas issued against them – Taslima Nasreen or Ayaan Hirsi Ali, for example – the “good” people have at times been forced to jail them, not their attackers. Phyllis Chesler asks: “Where will this end? With all the ‘moderate’ and dissident Muslims and ex-Muslims in jail?”

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The Soldier’s Project

Friday, December 28th, 2007

a href=”http://shrinkwrapped.blogs.com/blog/2007/12/the-soldiers-pr.html”Shrinkwrapped/a has informed me about a group he is part of that is offering free services to veterans and their families:br /br /blockquoteThe Soldiers’ Project offers free psychological counseling in private offices, with no red tape, a flexible schedule, and no limit to the number of sessions. We also offer free psychological counseling to your extended families (including girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses, children, parents and grandparents) – to help them get through deployment issues, and to reintegrate afterwards, and we offer free therapy to members of bereaved families./blockquotebr /br /I am not familiar with this project but it sounds good– you can read more about the project and a href=”http://shrinkwrapped.blogs.com/blog/2007/12/the-soldiers-pr.html”get a contact number here./a

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Election ’08: Tip O’Neill, Meet Benazir Bhutto

Friday, December 28th, 2007 - by Roger L Simon

All politics may be local, but no sooner was Benazir Bhutto dead in Pakistan than the political jackals were out, picking through her remains for evidence of what this latest terrorist crime could mean for the American presidential election. Pajamas CEO Roger L. Simon examines their early conclusions.

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Shock and Anger: Pakistanis Demand Answers

Friday, December 28th, 2007 - by Ghalia Aymen

PJM Islamabad -- EXCLUSIVE REPORT: Pakistan's opposition leader Benazir Bhutto's assassination on Thursday sent shockwaves across the country and the whole world. Ghalia Aymen reports on the feeling of rage, fear and uncertainty sweeping the nation.

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Tense Pakistan Mourns Benazir Bhutto

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Pakistan's opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was laid to rest this morning alongside her father in her ancestral home of Garhi-Kuda Baksh, as violent protest raged on. Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide bombing in Rawalpindi that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally. Click for ongoing news and blogger reaction...

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John McCain & the GOP: A Match Made in Heaven?

Friday, December 28th, 2007 - by Bridget Johnson

Voters could be forgiven for thinking that Campaign 2008 is turning into a bad eHarmony commercial. Bridget Johnson writes that "no matter how many fresh faces vie for your electoral affection, sometimes your best bet is the tried-and-true stalwart without a lot of the flash or the cash."

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Victor Davis Hanson Looks For Mr. (or Ms.) Right

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Columnist Victor Davis Hanson can’t endorse a specific presidential candidate – his employment contract forbids it. But he does express strong opinions about the hopefuls from both parties at Works and Days – his PajamasXpress blog.

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The Glenn and Helen Show: Jonah Goldberg on Liberal Fascism

Friday, December 28th, 2007

It's sure to make a splash, and it's already got some left bloggers in a tizzy even though it doesn't come out until next week. It's Jonah Goldberg's new book, %%AMAZON=0385511841 Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.%% Goldberg has a lot to say about the "progressive" roots of both socialism and fascism and the way they're reflected in contemporary politics. Plus, thoughts on the Hillary and Huckabee candidacies.

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PJM Political 12/27/07–Four Elections That Shaped America

Thursday, December 27th, 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.



Hosted by Bill Bradley, this between-the-holidays PJM Political is a look back at some of the key presidential elections in our nation’s history:

  • In an excerpt from the debut edition of PJ Media’s “Deep Background” podcast, Austin Bay interviews City Journal’s Michael Knox Beran on “How Lincoln Saved The World.”
  • Amity Shlaes, a senior fellow in economic history at the Council on Foreign Relations and Bloomberg News columnist reminds us of The Forgotten Man of the 1932 and ’36 elections that brought FDR and a New Deal to the White House.
  • James Piereson, author of Camelot and the Cultural Revolution explores the twists and turns of the 1960 presidential election between Senator Kennedy and Vice President Nixon.
  • Craig Shirley on the rise of Ronald Reagan, focusing on both his abortive ’76 run, and the 1980 election that brought him to power and signaled a turnpoint in both the nation’s economy and the Cold War.
  • Details of Pajamas’ iPhone giveaway to win “man’s most perfect creation”.
  • Produced by Ed Driscoll.

A lo-fi edition of this week’s show (mono, 16.5 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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Pakistan Renewal in the Wake of Bhutto Killing

Thursday, December 27th, 2007 - by Ali Eteraz

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto provides the perfect opportunity to remind the people of Pakistan that Islamists are their real enemies, writes Ali Eteraz. He thinks that an independent international investigation will enable Pakistanis to "see all the elements that have been involved in killing their leaders, neighbors, and families."

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Jonah Goldberg on Liberal Fascism

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385511841?ie=UTF8amp;tag=wwwviolentkicomamp;link_code=as3amp;camp=211189amp;creative=373489amp;creativeASIN=0385511841″img alt=”goldbergcov.jpg” src=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/images/goldbergcov.jpg” align=”right” border=”0″ height=”160″ width=”105″ //aToday, we interview Jonah Goldberg on his controversial new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385511841?ie=UTF8amp;tag=wwwviolentkicomamp;linkCode=as2amp;camp=1789amp;creative=9325amp;creativeASIN=0385511841″span style=”font-style: italic;”Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning./span/aimg style=”border: medium none ; margin: 0px;” alt=”" src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicomamp;l=as2amp;o=1amp;a=0385511841″ border=”0″ height=”1″ width=”1″ / He talks about how people throw the word fascism around without really understanding its meaning, why so many liberals want to turn America into a college campus with free food, shelter and recreation, and why the upcoming election is about collective vs. individual rights.br /br /You can listen to the show directly — no downloads needed — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/12/27/the_glenn_and_helen_show_jonah.php”going right here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the whole file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here, and you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/12/27/the_glenn_and_helen_show_jonah.php”here/a and selecting “lo fi.” And, of course, you can always get a a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643amp;s=143441″free subscription from iTunes/a if you like — and why wouldn’t you? Show archives are at a href=”http://glennandhelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenShow.com./abr /br /This podcast was brought to you by a href=”http://volvocars.us/”Volvo Automobiles./a Music is “Nobody’s Full” by a href=”http://www.toddsteed.com/home.html”Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere./a

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Yes, Virginia, Iran’s Mullahs Do Screw Up

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Are Iran’s leaders really manipulating the U.S. so that it stays mired in Iraq? That’s what PJM’s Meir Javedanfar believes. But Michael Ledeen disagrees, arguing that “the mullahs’ setbacks in Iraq have occurred because of our superiority and Iraqi steadfastness and courage, not because of their unlimited cleverness.”

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All the Media Wanted For Christmas Was To Tell Iowa How To Vote

Thursday, December 27th, 2007 - by Bob Owens

While Iowans were trying to forget about politics and enjoy Christmas, writes Bob Owens, reporters and pundits were working hard to influence the opinions of caucus-goers so they can package the 2008 presidential contest into tidy horse-races.

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Policing the LAPD

Thursday, December 27th, 2007 - by Jack Dunphy

A new regulation will require "regular and periodic financial disclosures" by all Los Angeles police officers "who routinely handle valuable contraband or cash." Officer Jack Dunphy warns that such a measure will drive the LAPD's best from crime fighting and create a wasteful bureaucratic nightmare.

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