» 2008 » January

The Unethical "Ethicist"

Monday, January 28th, 2008

I don’t know about you, but I rarely read and rarely agree with emThe New York Times’ /emRandy Cohen, aka “The Ethicist.” He is so a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/magazine/27wwln-ethicist-t.html?_r=1ref=magazineoref=slogin”stuck in being PC /athat his responses are often dripping with condescension, immorality, and reverse discrimination. Amy Alkon, the Advice Goddess pickes up on his questionable ethics a href=”http://www.advicegoddess.com/archives/2008/01/the_ethicists_q_1.html”in a recent post: /abr /br /blockquoteThe New York Times’ Randy Cohen, aka “The Ethicist,” argues for affirmative discrimination (and made me feel like I needed a shower after reading his reply). br /br /Personally, I don’t believe you resolve discrimination by discriminating. Furthermore, “minority candidates” who are qualified must find it pretty insulting to be assumed to be “affirmative action” hires. Here’s the question:/blockquotebr /br /Go over and read the question and answer a href=”http://www.advicegoddess.com/archives/2008/01/the_ethicists_q_1.html”at the Advice Goddess’s place /awhile I go take a shower.

Read bullet | Comments »

A Media Blackout on the Truth in Gaza

Monday, January 28th, 2008 - by Bob Owens

The recent blackout in Gaza was reported dutifully around the globe with Israel's responsibility for the lights-out nearly always leading the story. The fact that it was Hamas that cut off electricity to Gaza City and then staged the candlelight protests against it was no secret -- yet the U.S. media stuck to the Hamas-driven narrative, writes Bob Owens.

Read bullet | Comments »

Good News From Iraq? More than in the Past

Monday, January 28th, 2008 - by Arthur Chrenkoff

Blogger Arthur Chrenkoff scrutinized the mainstream media's Iraq coverage back in 2005, documenting how disproportionately negative reporting overwhelmed stories of anything positive: 27 bad news stories for each story of progress. He recently revisited the media's Iraq coverage and found some "stunning" changes.

Read bullet | Comments »

McCain and Romney Fight for Florida as Super Tuesday Looms

Monday, January 28th, 2008 - by Bill Bradley

This week brings us the Romney-McCain showdown in the Florida GOP primary and key California debates for both parties leading up to next week's incredibly important Super Tuesday. As PJM political analyst Bill Bradley sees it, this year it's going to be a Super Duper Tuesday.

Read bullet | Comments »

Driven a Ford Lately? Not if You’re Boycotting

Monday, January 28th, 2008 - by Tom Blumer

Not much attention has been paid to the fact that the American Family Association's boycott of Ford for taking a pro-gay rights position has contributed to the automaker's mounting financial woes, contends Tom Blumer of BizzyBlog. With the company on the brink, some shareholders are asking whether political correctness is worth the price. [Read a reponse to this piece by B. Daniel Blatt of GayPatriot here]

Read bullet | Comments »

Week 54 in Progress

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Over 190,000 votes have been cast in the weekly PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL.

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 three candidates on the Democratic side and five 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.

Read bullet | Comments »

Bill Clinton’s Real Problem

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

“The problem isn’t that Bill Clinton occasionally lies — he does. But instead, almost serially he exaggerates and fudges — and in ways beyond not inhaling or redefining ‘is’ or insisting oral sex is not sex. The result is a Forrest Gump-like effect, that we are to believe he and Hillary were the font of almost every liberal gift of the last quarter-century — Yale, then Arkansas being the Mecca of social change.” Victor Davis Hanson has more Clintonia at Works and Days.

Read bullet | Comments »

Finding Missing Items: A Relationship RorschachTest?

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

After reading the a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2008/01/is-morality-important-in-partner.html”Dear Prudence letter and response here,/a did you wonder if the saying “Honesty is the best policy” was becoming a thing of the past? Well, apparently, it’s not as evidenced by a href=”http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=108pid=0sid=1333181page=1″this charming story/a out of New York (Thanks JG): br /br / blockquoteAt dusk on New Year’s Eve, Erika Gunderson got into a taxi in New York City and entered a digital-age mystery. Sitting on the back seat was a nice Canon digital camera. Gunderson asked the driver which previous passenger might have left it, but the cabbie didn’t seem to care. So Gunderson brought it home and showed it to her fiance, Brian Ascher. They decided that the only right thing to do was to find the owner./blockquotebr /br /Compare this woman’s actions to the a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2008/01/is-morality-important-in-partner.html”sneaky thief/a in the Dr. Prudence column and how she dealt with her boyfriend. I think the camera-finding couple have a better future, don’t you?

Read bullet | Comments »

Katie Couric’s Big Mistake

Sunday, January 27th, 2008 - by Laura McKenna

What was Katie Couric thinking when she left the Today Show to anchor the CBS Evening News? Laura McKenna contends that Couric made a fatal career miscalculation. To the college students McKenna teaches, the once-vaunted Prestigious Evening Network Anchor belongs in a museum.

Read bullet | Comments »

Obama Wins South Carolina

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

PJM Roundup: After a hard-fought -- and, at times, ugly -- battle for South Carolina, Barack Obama emerged victorious over Hillary Clinton. Will his strong showing reshape the race for the Democratic nomination? The media and blogosphere weigh in. Kathryn Jean Lopez: Obama's inspiring victory speech shows how tough he will be to beat if he gets the nomination. NY Times: Obamalot? Caroline Kennedy endorses Barack Obama because he is "like my father." More at the jump...

Read bullet | Comments »

The Kite Runner Won’t Fly in Afghanistan

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

By banning the film The Kite Runner in Afghanistan, writes Josh Strawn, the government is tragically foreclosing on the possibility of allowing its citizens to confront their demons.

Read bullet | Comments »

Is the Huckabee “Fair Tax” Proposal Really Fair?

Sunday, January 27th, 2008 - by Tim Worstall

Mike Huckabee's radical plan for sales tax revenue system only looks seductive, argues Tim Worstall, who demonstrates how the Fair Tax can be easily gamed and how the end of the I.R.S. is really the beginning of an even greater bureaucracy of retail auditors.

Read bullet | Comments »

Drunkblogging South Carolina

Saturday, January 26th, 2008 - by Stephen Green

He may be loaded, but he's not too loaded to blog. Vodkapundit's Stephen Green is back to provide his unique take on the Democratic primary in South Carolina. No designated driver required. 4:51 pm PST: So. Hillary came in second, handily beating Edwards. Now, did she lose badly enough to still win? Or is her second place finish strong enough to be a loss? More at the jump...

Read bullet | Comments »

South Carolina Primary – Special PJM Coverage

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Ready for the next round in the Democratic nomination contest? PJ Media's Bill Bradley is. With his correspondents on the ground and his pundit's cap on his head, he will share late-breaking news and analysis from the Palmetto State as this crucial primary day unfolds. Latest: Game Day Close-Out...

Read bullet | Comments »

China’s Dirty Pre-Olympic Housecleaning

Saturday, January 26th, 2008 - by Bridget Johnson

China dumps truckloads of garbage on own its citizens, and when one of them records the event on his cell phone, he's beaten to death by municipal officers. Then his cell phone footage is deleted by the regime intent on airbrushing its repression in advance of the Olympics. Bridget Johnson argues that China's preparation for the Summer Games demonstrates exactly why it doesn't deserve to host them in the first place.

Read bullet | Comments »

Lawyers – The Second-Oldest Profession Strikes Again

Saturday, January 26th, 2008 - by

Sometimes PJM's Burt Prelutsky feels bad about making fun of lawyers. But after a spate of recent news stories, this isn't one of those times.

Read bullet | Comments »

Ahmadinejad Takes on the Parliament, and Loses

Saturday, January 26th, 2008 - by Meir Javedanfar

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is alienating Ayatollah Khamenei by arrogating powers to himself that belong to other government bodies in the Islamic Republic. As Meir Javedanfar reports, Ahmadinejad "has until the next presidential elections on June 2009 to repair the damage. If he fails, it will most probably cost him the elections."

Read bullet | Comments »

Will Progressive Voters Turn Out in the Palmetto State?

Saturday, January 26th, 2008 - by Syd Fynch

PJM York County: Is South Carolina pure Bush Country? Not anymore, says Syd Fynch, who contends that Saturday's Democratic primary "could challenge traditional notions about this state and signal nationwide that white evangelicals and NASCAR dads are seeming less and less relevant."

Read bullet | Comments »

Hamas Propaganda from Time Magazine?

Friday, January 25th, 2008 - by Roger L Simon

The mainstream media are at it again, misrepresenting photographs to paint Israel in the worst possible light. Time Magazine is the latest culprit. Their peddling of a photo depicting the staged Gaza blackout goes too far -- and PJM's Roger L. Simon and Michael Weiss want answers.

Read bullet | Comments »

Midday: The Grey Lady’s Kiss of Death

Friday, January 25th, 2008 - by Michael Weiss

Readers come to expect self-importance in campaign endorsements from the New York Times. Now that the paper has backed Clinton and McCain, Michael Weiss asks if this will help or hurt two candidates who are still tough sells in the red states?

Read bullet | Comments »

"A man is a sperm bank, a meal ticket, a handyman and an early retirement plan,…"

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Reaons heterosexual men are staying single and “fabulous” a href=”http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/living/2004138751_singleguys23.html”according to this emSeattle Times/em article/a by The Associated Press (a href=”http://proteinwisdom.com/index.php?/weblog/entry/23113/”Thanks Dan/a). However, when you read the article, you will wonder why these guys feel so fabulous. It seems that discrimination against single men is prevalent:br /br /blockquoteExperts say society still favors married men over their single counterparts, though. The most common complaints come from the workplace, where many say they are discriminated against.br /br /”Especially as you approach your mid-30s and 40s and all your colleagues around you are married, there’s a lot of unsaid words that go on and feelings of inadequacy at work,” says Sherri Langburt, founder of the new Web site SingleEdition.com, an online community for happy singles.br /br /Those include speculation about a single man’s sexual preferences and, concomitantly, a difficulty in making friends with heterosexual co-workers because colleagues might question his motives.br /br /Single men often say they are asked to work on holidays, put in longer hours or travel more for business. Employers often assume that without a spouse, unwed workers have extra time to spare, says Nicky Grist, executive director of the Alternatives to Marriage Project. That organization is for people who choose not to marry or cannot legally marry.br /br /Particularly in the powerful worlds of business and politics, it’s often all about appearances and presenting oneself as a stable man with a solid foundation, Grist says./blockquotebr /br /Perhaps as more men stay single, these stereotypes will change.

Read bullet | Comments »

EXCLUSIVE: Bhutto’s Husband’s Letter to Condi Rice

Friday, January 25th, 2008 - by Richard Miniter

Benazir Bhutto's widower Asif Ali Zadari recently sent a letter to Condoleezza Rice, expressing his concerns about the fate of Pakistan and offering advice to the Secretary of State on how to better strengthen his country's alliance with the U.S. PJ Media's Washington correspondent Richard Miniter obtained an exclusive copy of the letter, analyzed below.

Read bullet | Comments »

Fred Thompson, Ronald Reagan, and the Goldilocks Republicans

Friday, January 25th, 2008 - by Elizabeth Scalia

Still upset that Fred Thompson will not be resurrecting the Reagan era? Get over it, writes The Anchoress. There is no such thing as the perfect candidate, and placing purity ahead of pragmatism can only invite electoral disaster.

Read bullet | Comments »

Planned Parenthood in Bucharest

Friday, January 25th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Winter blues got you down? Then how about a subtitled abortion film set in Ceauşescu's Romania? Kyle Smith can't help but feel that 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, which opens Jan. 25, is a two-hour viewing experience on par with Eastern European Communism itself. Still, he gives this "skillfully realized emotional thriller" 3.5 stars out of 4.

Read bullet | Comments »

What South Carolina Means to Barack Obama

Friday, January 25th, 2008 - by Anthony Palmer

Saturday's Democratic primary in the Palmetto State is a political minefield for Barack Obama, argues Anthony Palmer. Sure, Obama is likely to win -- but a win that relies too heavily on the black vote will be used against him by Hillary.

Read bullet | Comments »