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Red Lights Out in Amsterdam?

Friday, December 21st, 2007 - by Michael van der Galien

A plan to clean up Amsterdam's historic red light district is sure to make life more difficult for pimps, criminals and rowdy young men, but it won't succeed in getting rid of the world's oldest profession, writes Michael van der Galiën.

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Storming the Ramparts of Camelot [Book Review]

Friday, December 21st, 2007 - by James Sterngold

Did the assassination of John F. Kennedy shatter American liberalism, as the subtitle of a new book by James Piereson suggests? James Sterngold says %%AMAZON=1594031886 Camelot and the Cultural Revolution %% attempts to discredit one of America's most powerful icons and reads like a "conservative magical mystery tour." (PJM will publish James Piereson's response to Sterngold's review on Sunday.)

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PJM Political On XM 12/20/07–Maverick’s Return

Thursday, December 20th, 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:

December 20th PJM Political On XM Satellite Radio





Evan Sayat John McCain Steve Green

Making his second appearance on PJM Political, Sen. John McCain joins Glenn Reynolds & Helen Smith, with a cameo from fellow senator Joe Lieberman. Plus:

  • Host Bill Bradley explores the semiotics of the Huckabee Christmas ad. (Play our MP3 backwards for many hidden subliminal messages!)
  • Hollywood comedy writer Evan Sayet’s rebirth as a “9/13 Republican.”
  • Steve Green of VodkaPundit and the real Roger Simon kneecap handicap Iowa.
  • James Lileks wonders if the Iranian mullahs know it’s Huckmastime at all.

  • Details of Pajamas’ iPhone giveaway (note: associates of Pajamas are not eligible to enter.)
  • Produced by Ed Driscoll.
  • For an extended version of Senator McCain’s interview, as well as the Heritage Foundation video of Evan Sayet in stand-up action, don’t miss this week’s PJM Political Director’s Cut Interviews.”

    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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    Is George Costanza Really a Sex Symbol?

    Thursday, December 20th, 2007

    After reading the comments to my previous post on nice guys, I read with interest a href=”http://msn.match.com/msn/article.aspx?articleid=8987TrackingID=516165BannerID=541888menuid=6GT1=10678″this post on MSN/a entitled, iDating Advice for Shy Guys/i thinking I might get some good tips to pass along to any shy male readers. No such luck. br /br /Instead, here is some of the sucky advice that two men! who are the authors of what looks like a rather funny book called a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/031235620X?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=031235620X”span style=”font-style:italic;”Die Happy: 499 Things Every Guy’s Gotta Do While He Still Can/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=031235620X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / had to say to those of you too tongue-tied to ask a woman out:br /br /blockquoteBe eye-catchingly honestbr /Remember George Costanza’s approach in Seinfeld: “My name is George. I’m unemployed and live with my parents.” Hey, it worked for him. So why not try being straight up with women? Tell them you’re not much of a player. David Wells, 31, confirms, “When I was younger, I made the mistake of thinking I had to act suave,” he says. But since then, he’s upfront about the fact that he’s shy. “A lot of women think it’s charming!” he says. br /br /Ask for helpbr /Damsels in distress have been doing this for years; there’s no reason guys can’t take advantage of women’s desire to swoop in and save the day, too. Just be sure to pick a topic on which women will feel they can offer some assistance. You’ll rarely go wrong seeking style advice (“Excuse me, but I need a woman’s opinion on this jacket. Is it a keeper, or should it never leave my closet again?”) or relationships (“Hey, my pal and I need a woman’s perspective on how long a guy should wait before calling after a date. What’s your opinion?”). Asking for advice will diffuse the pressure of it being a pickup.br /br /Just add a question markbr /You’re starting to get to know this woman and suddenly you can’t think of what to say. Here’s an easy solution. Simply repeat the last notable thing she said and place a question mark after it. “Oh, you work as a female professional wrestler; what’s it like??” Bingo. br /br /Seek out the yin to your yangbr /If you’re not much of a talker, someone who yaks up a storm may well love spending time with you. You know the old “opposites attract” adage. And how Jerry Maguire professed, “You complete me.” Be her best audience ever, and trust us, she’ll keep coming back for more. br /br //blockquotebr /Okay, you get the idea, just act like an oppressed woman with the vapors from the 18th century and according to these guys, women will start swooning. Yeah, right. Perhaps the authors of the article were just catering to a female audience at MSN but they aren’t doing guys any favor with this pathetic advice. br /br /These guys are teaching you to be the nice guy that women say they want but really don’t. So how is this advice going to help? It’s more likely to backfire. br /br /My advice, show a little confidence and ignore the above advice.

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    Old Blue Eyes: TIME Sucks Up to Putin

    Thursday, December 20th, 2007 - by Michael Weiss

    Time got it wrong in its article proclaiming Vladimir Putin "Person of the Year," contends Michael Weiss. The article extolling his importance resorted to cliches about Russia's "stability" and ignored the fact that much of the nation's recent success has nothing to do with him.

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    Lethal Weapon: Could Romney’s Gun Position Kill His Campaign?

    Thursday, December 20th, 2007 - by Bob Owens

    Mitt Romney may have hurt his GOP primary chances when he reiterated his support for a ban on assault weapons during a recent Meet the Press appearance, writes PJM's Bob Owens.

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    LA City Council Thinks Poor People Are Too Dumb to Make Food Choices

    Thursday, December 20th, 2007 - by Bridget Johnson

    Hang on to your hamburgers. The LA City Council is moving ahead with a plan to ban fast-food restaurants: but only in the low-income parts of the city. Bridget Johnson doubts residents will appreciate the nanny state's attempt to hold the fries.

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    In Defense of Conrad Black

    Thursday, December 20th, 2007

    The US Justice Department’s attack on former media mogul Conrad Black is an object lesson in judicial arrogance and overreach, writes PajamasXpress blogger Roger Kimball. He calls the trial and recent sentencing of Black to 6 1/2 years in prison for obstruction of justice and fraud “not only a private tragedy but also a dangerous public judicial trend.”

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    How can the Internet be Dehumanizing if it’s Made up of People?

    Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

    Is the Internet dehumanizing? Tam at View From the Porch a href=”http://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/2007/12/internet-much-like-soylent-green-is.html”doesn’t think so:/abr /br /blockquoteAt this very moment, somewhere some pasty-faced academic is sweating out his dissertation on the dehumanizing impact of the ‘web. I think he’s barking up the wrong tree. How can it be dehumanizing when it’s made of people?br /br /It was late on a recent Saturday night, I was in a poopy mood, and I had just updated my blog and toddled off to bed. As my head hit the pillow, the phone rang. On the other end were traffic noises, the muted drone of a cop radio, and a Texas drawl: “Leonard Cohen, Tam? What’s wrong?”br /br /Don’t tell me it’s dehumanizing./blockquotebr /br /It certainly doesn’t have to be. I read many blogs where people seem to have a sense of community, despite all the blog fighting. If you lost your internet connection, would you suffer a sleepless night about the lack of ability to talk with others a href=”http://mal-fits.blogspot.com/2007/12/sleepless-night.html”like this guy?/abr /br /blockquoteHonestly, its a bit scary. Building a chunk of your life around something, and losing it suddenly. It’s ‘loss’, in its classic terms. I think it’s like a deep wound. Once you have lived through ‘loss’, the wound remains even if healed over. The scar is there and sensitive to pressure, even the smallest prod. Losing the internet and easy access to most of my friends was a strong prod to think about these issues.br /br /Loss has been to visit before, and left scars. Last night was lonely, and difficult.br /br /It may be time for me to back up and spend some time getting comfortable with ‘me’ again. Last night showed me that… at any time…. it may be all I have./blockquotebr /br /While I have never lost sleep over the internet, I have to say that before the internet, I could count on one hand the number of people I felt I had anything in common with. I no longer feel that way, thanks to this wonderful machine, and to so many of you.

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    Should Alimony Die a Quick Death?

    Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

    My a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2007/12/ask_dr_helen_should_alimony_di.php”PJM column is up:/abr /br /blockquoteThe time for alimony as we know it may have passed, writes Dr. Helen Smith. “No man or woman should be held to being a slave to an ex-spouse after a marriage ends.”/blockquotebr /br /Should we think about abolishing alimony except in extreme cases? a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2007/12/ask_dr_helen_should_alimony_di.php”Go read my column/a and tell me either there or here what you think.

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    Pass the Hairbrush

    Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

    Do even more difficult aesthetic standards apply to the male candidates? It looks like Ann Althouse’s son John agrees with me that men also get hit with the looks game. He goes into more detail about how and why. Smart guy. a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2007/12/do-even-more-difficult-aesthetic.html”Take a look./a

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    Ask Dr. Helen: Should Alimony Die a Quick Death?

    Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

    The time for alimony as we know it may have passed, writes Dr. Helen Smith. "No man or woman should be held to being a slave to an ex-spouse after a marriage ends."

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    Sued by French TV: A Conversation with Philippe Karsenty

    Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

    French media gadfly Philippe Karsenty discussed his ongoing lawsuit with France 2 in the Mohammed al Dura matter with Roger L. Simon during a visit to Los Angeles last week. Karsenty is urging French President Nicolas Sarkozy to require France 2 produce the entire disputed video, including missing outtakes, for full forensic investigation.

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    The Huckaboom Means a Conservabust

    Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 - by Rick Moran

    Does the ascension of socially conservative Baptist minister Mike Huckabee in the presidential race spell disaster for the GOP? In his surge, Rick Moran detects the signs of "the great conservative crack-up that has been predicted for years."

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    We Will Not Tolerate Honor Killings in the West

    Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

    PajamasXpress blogger Phyllis Chesler cries out on behalf of Aqsa Parvez, the Canadian teenager murdered by her father for refusing to wear a hijab, and proposes creating battered women’s shelters geared to the needs of Muslim women threatened by their families.

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    Steve Forbes in Support of Rudy Giuliani on the Economy

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

    In this op-ed exclusive to PJ Media, Steve Forbes - National Giuliani Campaign Co-Chair and President & CEO of Forbes Magazine - gives his economic reasons for backing Rudy Giuliani for President. NOTE: Unlike many mainstream media outlets, Pajamas Media will not endorse any candidate for President in either party. We assume our readers can make up their own minds and we open this site to supporters of all candidates to make similar statements to Mr. Forbes'.

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    Do Endorsements Work? Mitt Romney and National Review

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 - by Richard Miniter

    While the conservative publication's stamp of approval was obviously an achievement for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, did it do much for National Review itself? Probably not, says Richard Miniter.

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    We’re All in the Entertainment Industry Now. Journalists, Too

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 - by Steve Boriss

    There's no business like show business, writes Steve Boriss - which, unfortunately for many journalists, is no business they really know. It was true with newspapers and TV but the Internet has really sealed the deal - news is entertainment.

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    Shari’a Finance: Cordless Bungee Jumping

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 - by Alyssa A. Lappen

    Efforts to promote Islamic law and finance jihad are closer to your local bank branch than you might think, writes Alyssa Lappen.

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    Ageism: Not for Women Only

    Monday, December 17th, 2007

    Ann Althouse has a post about how a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2007/12/that-picture-of-hillary-on-drudge-right.html”a picture of Hillary /ashowing her wrinkles is a sign of sexism against women for aging:br /br /blockquoteBut here’s my second reaction, on reflection: We make high demands on women. A picture like this of a male candidate would barely register. Fred Thompson always looks this bad, and people seem to think he’s handsome. We need to get used to older women and get over the feeling that when women look old they are properly marginalized as “old ladies.” If women are to exercise great power, they will come into that power in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. We must — if we care about the advancement of women — accommodate our vision and see a face like this as mature, experienced, serious — the way we naturally and normally see men’s faces./blockquotebr /br /Some of a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2007/12/that-picture-of-hillary-on-drudge-right.html#4635433594010010589″Althouse’s commenters /amention that male candidates do not get held up to such scrutiny:br /br /blockquoteHowever, it is unfair and discriminatory to make a big deal out of her appearance as an older wrinkled saggy faced woman, when we don’t do the same over McCain, Guilliani or Thompson who are also old wrinkled and sagging. So, it’s ok to admire Hillary when she is botoxed, made up, hair perfectly coiffed, filmed through layers of gauze but when she accidentally appears as a normal woman she is held up for riducule./blockquotebr /br /Oh really, it’s only female candidates who get hit with sexism because they look old? Men get it too. As Dean Esmay at a href=”http://www.deanesmay.com/posts/1197918753.shtml”Dean’s World /anotes:br /br /blockquoteThe only other comment I’ll add is that I’m baffled by people who think no one ever comments on how old Senator McCain looks, when it seems like I’ve rarely read an article about him this year which didn’t bring that up./blockquotebr /br /Yeah, Dean, I’m baffled too. Whenever you read about McCain, he is often referred to as a “grumpy old man.” In this video, a young man a href=”http://my.break.com/content/view.aspx?ContentID=361662″asks McCain if he is too old /ato be President and thinks he might die of a disease in office. Would people dare to ask a woman that question? They might think it but I bet they wouldn’t ask it.br /br /In fact, there is even an article entitled ema href=”http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/226444/is_john_mccain_too_old_to_be_president.html”Is McCain too Old to be President?/a/em that illustrates that ageism is alive and well for men too:br /br /blockquoteOne-fifth of New Hampshire residents surveyed in a recent University of New Hampshire poll said McCain’s age would make them less likely to vote for them./blockquotebr /br /So spare me the “no ageism” when it comes to men. Ageism seems to be prevalent for both men and women in US society. Why do you think so many men over 40 are frightened of losing their jobs to someone younger? Maybe we should learn to cut both genders some slack and look at what people have to offer instead of focusing so much on their age. I am no fan of Hillary but I thought the picture showed her to have some authenticity, nothing wrong with that.br /br /Update: The Anchoress also a href=”http://theanchoressonline.com/2007/12/17/hillary-looking-weary/”takes exception /ato the notion that only women are held up to scrutiny–both genders seem to be fair game when it comes to unflattering photos.

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    Interview with John McCain

    Monday, December 17th, 2007

    img src=”http://www.johnmccain.com/images/issues-mccain.jpg” align=rightWe caught up with presidential candidate a href=”http://www.johnmccain.com/”John McCain/a to discuss the ups and downs of this long primary season. He talks about the polls, Iraq, religion and politics and has a few “I-told-you-sos” for those who did not listen to him on the surge and other issues. br /br /You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/12/17/the_glenn_and_helen_show_john_1.php”going here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen to it at your leisure by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20071217-mccain.mp3″clicking right here./a And you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/12/17/the_glenn_and_helen_show_john_1.php”here/a and selecting lo-fi. Plus, there’s a free subscription available a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″via iTunes/a — why iwouldn’t/i you want one?br /br /This podcast was brought to you by a href=”http://volvocars.us”Volvo Automobiles./a Music is by a href=”http://www.toddsteed.com/home.html”Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere./a

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    Monday, December 17th, 2007

    I a href=”http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1633342120071216″just read /athat one of my favorite musicians, Dan Fogelberg, died yesterday of advanced prostate cancer. Guys, get yourself checked as Mr. Fogelberg suggested. It’s important.

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    Week 48 in Progress

    Monday, December 17th, 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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    Fear and Loathing on the Hugh Hewitt Show

    Monday, December 17th, 2007 - by Roger L Simon

    Pundit and television writer Lawrence O'Donnell created quite a stir on the McLaughlin Group and on the Hugh Hewitt Show from bashing Mitt Romney and Mormonism. But Roger L. Simon thinks the West Wing producer revealed far more disturbing things about himself than he did about the candidate or his religion.

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    Death Threats at Princeton: Hate Crime or Hoax?

    Monday, December 17th, 2007

    PJM Princeton: Was a Princeton student attacked last week just because he's conservative? No, says Fausta Wertz, who reports on the latest fake hate crime perpetrated by a troubled student.

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