A German government study found that six percent of the country’s three million Muslims are willing to commit violence in the name of Islam, PajamasXpress’ Flemming Rose reports. The Interior Minister concludes that “a serious potential for Islamist radicalization has developed.” No kidding.
The headlines blared, “Will Smith: Hitler Was a Good Person” and suddenly the Hollywood star’s view of the late dictator was international news. Roger Kimball analyzes how Smith’s comments were generally misinterpreted – but also takes a look at why his remarks were, in fact, truly disturbing.
The media may be focusing on Iowa and New Hampshire, but this year Nevada is a crucial stop on the road to the Democratic nomination for President reports Rick Moran. On January 19, what happens in Vegas isn't going to stay in Vegas.
Meet Russian opposition leader Oleg Kozlovsky, who has "effectively held the Kremlin's feet to the fire of democracy." So much so that he has been "terrorized and silenced," writes Kim Zigfeld.
It seems absurd to believe that the Iranian leadership wants the U.S. to continue to "occupy" Iraq - and that it is taking concrete action to make sure it happens. But Meir Javedanfar contends that this is indeed the case - and explains why.
Torn between Obama and Hillary? Dissatisfied with all of the Democratic presidential hopefuls? Burt Prelutsky has a revolutionary proposal. He's a seasoned - and seasonal - candidate.
Holiday time means movies - folks have time off from work to see them and Oscar season means the studios are rolling out their best. PJM culture critic David Freeman offers his recommendations.
(For a far less conventional –and unfortunately, timely– Christmas song, go here)
Merry Christmas! Hope everyone is enjoying a fun holiday with family and friends. For those of you who might be alone this Christmas, do something nice for yourself. Cook a nice meal, buy yourself a gift after the holidays, or just kick back and find some peace in your life. If you have spent Christmas alone before, drop a line in the comments about how you made it a pleasant and positive experience (or not!).
PJM San Diego: Many of Southern California's illegal immigrants would be heading home to Mexico for the holidays if they could, writes Ruben Navarrette Jr. He believes that flag-waving at pro-amnesty demonstrations is less about resentment towards the U.S. and more about sentimental attachment to Mexico.
The UN General Assembly just approved a record $4.17 billion budget for 2008-2009, by a vote of 142 to 1. The lone dissenting member was the United States. Claudia Rosett asks if 142 countries are right and America is wrong – or, perhaps – the UN system “encourages the mob of member states to treat American money as an all-you-can-eat buffet.”
A Christmas vacation is out of the question if you want to be president in 2008, writes PJM's political Monday Morning Quarterback William Bradley.
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.
Oleg Atbashian interviews his comrade "Red Square," who proudly describes the efforts of the masses to shake off the "reactionary legacy of the Dead White Males" imposed by the "international conspiracy of the rich."
PJM Debate: James Sterngold strongly attacked the recently published %%AMAZON=1594031886 Camelot and the Cultural Revolution %% in his book review, calling it "right-wing agitprop." Now the book's author, James Piereson, fires back.
A Turkish lawyer doesn’t like the Inter Milan soccer team’s new uniforms and has initiated legal action against the team, alleging that the “Crusader-style” outfits are “offensive to Muslim sensibilities.” Roger Kimball notes that litigation is one Western custom Muslims seem to have embraced enthusiastically.
Ridley Scott's 1982 Blade Runner has been reissued in a "Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition," including its "Final Final Cut" just in time for present season. PJM Political's Ed Driscoll takes a look at the checkered career of the seminal noir sci-fi classic.
If you missed PJM political on XM this week, you can download the various segments including our a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2007/12/pjm_political_122007the_direct.php”interview with John McCain here. /a Also, be sure and take a listen to a href=”http://www.heritage.org/Press/Events/ev030507a.cfm”Evan Sayet’s speech /aat the Heritage Foundation on “How Modern Liberals ‘Think.’” In the speech, Sayet discusses the book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0671657151?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0671657151″emThe Closing of the American Mind/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0671657151″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / by Allen Bloom in an entertaining and engaging fashion. Sayet’s speech is definitely worth listening to.
Vanessa Redgrave came to the rescue of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees this week, paying thousands of dollars to help them walk free from a British court. The legendary actress said it was a "profound honor" to be able to help the terror suspects, but PJ Media CEO Roger L. Simon - who has met Redgrave a couple of times - sees nothing particularly honorable about overlooking the oppressive ideology of radical Islam.
In this long election cycle, we may be learning as much about media bias as about the candidates. PJM's Bob Owens has more on the questionable characterization of Fred Thompson by The Politico's Roger Simon.
Many of the segments on each week’s edition of PJM Political are edited to fit the show’s hour-long length. To hear the full-length versions of the edited interviews presented this week, just follow the links below:
A reader (thanks!) sent me a href=”http://18.104.22.168/cms/publish/sex-relationships/Sudden_Divorce_Syndrome.shtml”this article /aon “sudden divorce syndrome:”br /br /blockquoteSudden Divorce Syndrome. You won’t find it in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, that bible of psychiatric illnesses, but you will find it in life. In a 2004 poll by the AARP, one in four men who were divorces in the previous year said they “never saw it coming.” (Only 14 percent of divorced women said they experienced the same unexpected broadside.) And few events in a man’s life can be as devastating to his physical, mental, and financial health. “I meet men all the time who are going through breakups, and it’s very common for them to say it caught them by surprise,” says Los Angeles-based sex therapist Lori Buckley, PsyD, host of “On the Minds of Men,” a weekly relationship podcast on iTunes….br /br /This may come as startling news to a public that has been led to believe that women are the ones who suffer financially postdivorce, not men. But the data show otherwise, according to an exhaustive study of the subject by Sanford L. Braver, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University and author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/087477862X?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=087477862X”emDivorced Dads: Shattering the Myths./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=087477862X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / “The man is in a lot poorer condition than the popular media portray,” he says. “This idea of the swinging, happy-go-lucky, no-worries single guy in a bar… that’s just not it at all.” The misconception was fueled by Harvard professor Lenore Weitzman’s widely cited book, The Divorce Revolution: The Unexpected Social and Economic Consequences for Women and Children in America./blockquotebr /br /The article also states that recently divorced men are nearly nine times more likely to commit suicide than their female counterparts. I wonder if Sudden Divorce Syndrome is why we are seeing a href=”http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gZpZArVcGzpuXcRnuEj-2AIonDgQD8TGVRQ80″a spike in middle-aged suicides./a
Jeri Thompson talks to John Hawkins about the (mal) treatment of a href=”http://www.rightwingnews.com/mt331/2007/12/an_interview_with_fred_thompso_1.php”conservative women by the media:/abr /br /blockquoteWhat I think is probably of more interest to some of your readers is the fact that conservative women get such a different treatment in the press, including the women’s press, than the Democrats.br /br /For goodness sake, Hillary has been on the cover of most women’s magazines and had glowing reports on everything she has ever touched. Michelle Obama actually could stand up in an Annie Leibovitz spread in Vogue magazine with her finger pointed at her husband’s campaign manager, telling him what to do in the caption, and I don’t think that Cindy, or Judith, or I, could get away with such a thing./blockquotebr /br /No, I doubt you could. Libertarian and conservative women are treated with disdain (if they are interviewed at all) by the liberal media, including what are supposed to be “women’s” magazines. Myrna Blyth, ex-editor of span style=”font-style:italic;”Ladies’ Home Journal/span in her book a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312336071?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0312336071″ span style=”font-style:italic;”Spin Sisters/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0312336071″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / “bashes the Left on grounds that the Spin Sisters (her name for the female media elite) need women to think of themselves as victims if they are going to look for help from a liberal government.” Naturally, these magazines emphasize how women are supposed to vote for Democrats (preferably women!) to save the day with “free” government programs that nurture, build self-esteem and promote dependency. No way are they going to give positive press to women like Jeri and other outsiders who don’t march in line with the rest of the “good girls.” Perhaps the a href=”http://www.wisdomquotes.com/002317.html”"feminist” slogan/a “well-behaved women rarely make history” should be changed to “only well-behaved women make the cover of span style=”font-style:italic;”Vogue./span”
Jules Crittenden has accepted al-Qaeda's invitation to journalists to submit questions to Ayman al-Zawahiri, but with one caveat: "I will post my questions on this shamelessly pro-Crusader forum, where your donkey wallah messengers might see them and convey them to you."
Five crop-duster planes have crashed on the terror-plagued island of Mindanao in a short period of time. Annie Jacobsen says that while it may feel like Mindanao is half a world away, the island's plantations are linked to the international food supply chain. Is it time to start worrying about what's being sprayed on your bananas?