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The Peaceful Debate: Republicans Face Off in Florida

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

The stage was set for a Rumble in Raton Thursday night, but Boca Raton resident Rand Simberg writes that at the GOP debate "there seemed to have been a mutual non-aggression pact declared among all the candidates on the stage." Meanwhile, South Floridian Patrick Cox reports that "it was not just civil and generally respectful, it was a show of solidarity in which even Ron Paul enjoyed none of the personal challenges aimed at him the past."

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PJM Political 1/24/08: Special Canadian Content Edition!

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

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 below to listen:

January 24th PJM Political On XM Satellite Radio


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With XM having a number of fans in the Great White North, we felt obliged to comply with our neighbor’s stringent Canadian Content Laws–which is why our show this week features:

  • Ezra Levant of The Western Standard on his Brave New World encounter with the Alberta “Human Rights Commission”.
  • David Frum of National Review on his new book, Comeback:Conservatism That Can Win Again.
  • And from the good ol’ USA, James Lileks, Patrick Cox (Thompson’s first campaign hire) and Pajamas CEO Roger L. Simon explore what caused Fred Thompson to hit the ejector seat.
  • And host Bill Bradley explains Bill Clinton’s tag-team role in attacking Senator Obama.
  • Produced by Ed Driscoll.
  • For extended versions of the interviews featured on the show, don’t miss this week’s PJM PoliticalDirector’s Cut Interviews.”

    A lo-fi edition of this week’s show (mono, 15.5 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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    PJM Political 1/24/08–The Director’s Cut Interviews

    Thursday, January 24th, 2008

    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:

  • Bill Bradley, the host of PJM Political provides a full recap of Hillary and Obama’s kerfuffle during Monday’s debate in South Carolina, why Fred Thompson dropped out, and the upcoming South Carolina and Florida primaries. Click here to listen.
  • Ezra Levant, the publisher of Canada’s Western Standard magazine, on publishing those cartoons, and how they led to a run-in with Alberta’s “Human Rights Commission”. Click here to listen.

    (Visit Ezra’s blog for multiple YouTube clips from his interrogation.)

  • Click here for this week’s James Lileks appearance.
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    Midday: Everybody Hates Bill Clinton

    Thursday, January 24th, 2008 - by Michael Weiss

    How quickly the favorite ex-president became a mangy and uxorious attack animal, berating journalists, slandering Barack Obama, and patronizing blacks. In the first of a new daily Midday news roundup, Michael Weiss charts the pandemic disillusionment with Bill Clinton -- especially on the liberal-left.

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    Study on Bush’s Iraq Deception and Lies: Full of Deception and Lies

    Thursday, January 24th, 2008 - by Bob Owens

    The headline-grabbing report released by two non-profits, Iraq: The War Card-Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War, charged that the Bush administration issued "hundreds of false statements" on Iraq. Bob Owens contends that the pseudo-scientific research is filled with "spin, false pretenses, cherry-picked statements."

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    Holland: Likely to Be the Next Target of Islamist Rage

    Thursday, January 24th, 2008 - by Michael van der Galien

    PJM Groningen: Fear is in the air in Holland. The Dutch brace for massive rioting when a far-right member of parliament airs the film that he warns will include the Koran being "desecrated." Michael van der Galiën reports on the latest chapter of the conflict between freedom of speech and keeping the peace in Western Europe.

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    Wooing Fredheads

    Thursday, January 24th, 2008 - by Rick Moran

    As soon as Fred Thompson announced he was dropping out of the GOP race, friends, acquaintances and total strangers started trying to win Thompson supporter Rick Moran over to McCain, Huck, Romney or Rudy. Who will he and his fellow depressed Fredheads turn to for their second choice?

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    Ask Dr. Helen

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

    My a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2008/01/ask_dr_helen_the_47yearold_vir.php#comments”PJM column is up:/abr /br /blockquoteMiddle-aged virgins are not necessarily the stuff of comedy. Choosing to wait is just fine, writes Dr. Helen Smith — unless past sexual abuse or a debilitating lack of confidence is making the choice for you. /blockquotebr /br /a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2008/01/ask_dr_helen_the_47yearold_vir.php#comments”Go take a look /a and drop a line if you have something to add.

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    Is the Downbeat Business Press Right About the Economy?

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 - by Tom Blumer

    The swift positive reaction to the Fed's effort to halt the market plunge yesterday surprised economic journalists -- who have been predicting nothing doom and gloom for weeks. Will the interest rate cut end the worrying signs in the U.S. economy and silence the naysayers? It's too soon to tell, writes Tom Blumer.

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    Ask Dr. Helen: The 47-Year-Old Virgin

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 - by Helen Smith

    Middle-aged virgins are not necessarily the stuff of comedy. Choosing to wait is just fine, writes Dr. Helen Smith -- unless past sexual abuse or a debilitating lack of confidence is making the choice for you.

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    Combative Sound Bite Politics Are Fine With Me

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 - by Brad Rourke

    Brad Rourke used to get worked up about reforming the political scene. Now he's learned to stop worrying and love the hyperpartisan bomb.

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    The Irrational Atheist

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

    I spent part of the day reading Vox Day’s new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933771364?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1933771364″emThe Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1933771364″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / You might know Vox Day from his blog and a href=”http://voxday.blogspot.com/2008/01/stay-away-from-career-women.html”interesting take on feminist issues/a–he always has something provocative to add to that particular conversation and his book proves to be just as stimulating in regards to religion and faith. The emIrrational Atheist /emis described as follows (from the inside cover):br /br /blockquoteemThe Irrational Atheist /emis not a theological work nor is it a conventional religious defense of faith. It contains no arguments for the existence of God and the supernatural, nor is it concerned with evolution, creationism, the age of Earth, or intelligent design. This book contains no arguments from Scripture. In attacking the arguments, assertions, and conclusions of the New Atheists, Vox Day’s only weapons are the secular tools of reason, logic and historically documented, independently verifiable fact. emThe Irrational Atheist /emis not a book about God, but about those who seek to replace Him…./blockquotebr /br /Day takes on the likes of a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dawkins”Richard Dawkins,/a a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Harris_%28author%29″Sam Harris,/a and a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens”Christopher Hitchens /a and seeks to demonstrate that they and other “New Atheists” are no champions of reason. For example, Day discusses one argument made by Harris where Harris questions the correlation between Christian conservatism and social health: br /br /blockquoteIf there was a strong correlation between Christian conservatism and social health, we might expect to see some sign of it in red-state America. We don’t. Of the 25 cities with the lowest rates of violent crime, 62 percent are in “blue” [Democrat] states and 38% are in “red” [Republican] states. Of the twenty-five most dangerous cities, 76 percent are in red states, and 24 percent are in blue states. In fact, three of the five most dangerous cities in the US are in the pious state of Texas. /blockquote br /br /Interestingly, though, Day found that “red-state” crime is primarily committed by “blue counties” within those states and has a nice chart to show the stats on this. It seems that Harris was looking at states such as Texas that had more crime and called the states “red” but conveniently omitted the part where the emcounties/em where the crimes were committed tended to be “blue.”br /br /Other myth busters include the notion that religion causes the majority of war as some atheists profess, Day provides evidence to the contrary–he found that more than 93% of all the wars in human history had no relation to religion. In the twentieth century, in fact, he states that atheistic regimes killed three times more people in peacetime than those killed in all the wars and individual crimes combined. br /br /The book is definitely thought provoking and worth a read if you are interested in the topic!

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    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

    The a href=”http://alasandra2003.blogspot.com/2008/01/carnival-of-homeschooling-american.html”Carnival of Homeschooling is up!/a

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    Fred Thompson Quits Presidential Race

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 - by Patrick Cox

    Senator Fred Thompson -- who created at least a small sensation by beginning his campaign via blogs, including PJ Media where he was for a moment "The First Blogger" -- has withdrawn from the race for the presidency. Patrick Cox, who was Thompson's first campaign hire, has written an appreciation exclusively for PJM.

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    Dems Take Off Gloves in South Carolina Debate

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 - by Eric Scheie

    The Democratic Party Presidential debate held by CNN in Myrtle Beach, SC tonight was more heated - and far more nasty - than any previous encounters. Eric Scheie reports on the mudslinging, the sniping, and the booing from the audience.

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    The Navy’s Failing China Policy

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 - by Gordon G. Chang

    Admiral Timothy Keating, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific just completed a friendly four-day visit to China. Far too friendly, contends Gordon G. Chang, who believes the U.S. is not responding forcefully enough to Chinese provocations and expansionist ambitions.

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    A Gandhi’s Anti-Semitic Whine

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

    Mahatma Gandhi advised the Jews of Nazi Germany to die with dignity, but at least he didn’t blame the Jews for the attempt to exterminate them. That noxious accusation was made by his grandson Arun Gandhi on the Newsweek/Washington Post religion blog, writes Michael Ledeen. The publications have since apologized, but not quickly or strongly enough.

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    Media Blinders Impede a Colorblind Society

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

    Can't we all just get along? No, says Steve Boriss -- not until the media establishment stops dividing us by race and everything else.

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    "Some of us still believe that the worth of a CEO should be determined by stockholders rather than the President of the United States."

    Monday, January 21st, 2008

    David Harsanyi, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0767924320?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0767924320″span style=”font-style:italic;”The Nanny State,/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0767924320″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / is worried about the expanded role of government that a href=”http://www.davidharsanyi.com/blog/2008/01/21/it-depends-what-you-mean-by-wrong/”Hillary Clinton proposes:/abr /br /blockquoteAccording to a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/21/us/politics/21clinton.html?ei=5065en=07b1c660076fe5b9ex=1201582800adxnnl=1partner=MYWAYpagewanted=printadxnnlx=1200942272-eZwtogTycU9+Js9vT4UocA”the New York Times,/a Hillary Clinton says that if she becomes president the federal government will take a more active role in the economy “to address what she called the excesses of the market and of the Bush administration.” Scary stuff for anyone who still believes in the free market./blockquotebr /br /I agree–scary stuff. What’s next? Holding wages down on those people she deems make too much money, taxing the daylights out of those who are successful? What will become of a country that rewards doing poorly with tax rebates and penalizes those who are successful with higher taxes? You get more of what you reward. But then, isn’t that the idea? Remember the lyrics to the a href=”http://nogovernmentcheese.blogspot.com/2005/01/why-name-no-government-cheese.html”the old Rainmaker’s song,/a span style=”font-style:italic;”Government Cheese/span:br /br /blockquoteThey’ll turn us all into beggars ’cause they’re easier to pleasebr /They’re feeding our people that Government Cheese …. /blockquotebr /br /Perhaps that should be the new slogan for the Hillary campaign.

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    What Would MLK , Jr. have Thought?

    Monday, January 21st, 2008

    An interesting article at PJM: a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2008/01/mlk_and_identity_politics.php”Identity Politics: Not What Martin Luther King Was About:/a br /br /blockquoteWhat would Martin Luther King, Jr. have thought of today’s “sorry national burlesque in which ovaries and melanin are all but exit poll determinants?” Michael Weiss doesn’t think the great exemplar of universalism would be too impressed./blockquotebr /br /a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2008/01/mlk_and_identity_politics.php”Go take a look./a

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    Identity Politics: Not What Dr. King Was About

    Monday, January 21st, 2008 - by Michael Weiss

    On MLK Day 2008, Michael Weiss wonders what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have thought of today's "sorry national burlesque in which ovaries and melanin are all but exit poll determinants?"

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    The High Price of Crossing Hugo

    Monday, January 21st, 2008 - by Thor Halvorssen

    Judge Monica Fernandez, a Venezuelan human rights advocate, was shot on January 4 in what police ruled a botched car robbery. The night before, she was branded an enemy of the state on state television. Coincidence? Thor Halvorssen doesn't think so.

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    The Presidential Battleground Heads South

    Monday, January 21st, 2008 - by Bill Bradley

    South Carolina's Saturday primary is a must-win for Obama as Clinton campaign pulls out all stops, says PJM Monday Morning Quarterback Bill Bradley Meanwhile, the GOP gears up for next week's big Florida showdown, where Rudy hopes his campaign will (finally) get off the ground against resurgent McCain.

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    Week 53 in Progress

    Monday, January 21st, 2008

    Over 180,000 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 three 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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    Why is George Shilling for the UN?

    Sunday, January 20th, 2008

    Claudia Rosett says she’d be happy for George Clooney – named the UN’s newest Messenger for Peace – if the United Nations actually were a force for peace. But “the reality of today’s UN is more like a cross between “Animal House” (the movie, with John Belushi) and “Animal Farm” (the book, by George Orwell).”

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