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President Bush Went to the Middle East and All He Got Was Some Glitzy Jewelry

Sunday, January 20th, 2008 - by Meir Javedanfar

If a central goal of President Bush's tour of the Middle East was to rally Gulf states to toughen their stand against Iran, it can't be considered a success, writes Meir Javendanfar.

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McCain Wins South Carolina: Hillary, Romney Take Nevada

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

PJM Roundup: Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney won the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, while John McCain emerged victorious in the Palmetto State. Open Left: Did Obama lose Nevada because of the Reagan remarks? Ross Douthat: Rudy is Toast. Reuters: Duncan Hunter Drops Out Protein Wisdom: "If Fred Thompson drops out of the race...I'm resigning myself to a Democratic presidency in 2008 and to the years of pain that will follow." Michelle Malkin: The End of Mike Huckabee. More at the jump...

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Romney, the Mormons, and the Holocaust

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Ron Rosenbaum has a question for Mitt Romney. “I wouldn’t have bothered to bring up this issue-disturbing as it is-when it looked like the Romney campaign was cratering. But now that it looks like he has as good a chance as any of the GOP candidates I think it’s worth knowing…Did he speak up at all against the shameful posthumous baptism of Holocaust victims? Of Hitler? How does he feel about it now?”

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Drunkblogging South Carolina and Nevada

Saturday, January 19th, 2008 - by Stephen Green

Vodkapundit's Stephen Green really wanted to provide coverage of today's results in South Carolina and Nevada from a Bloody Mary bar in Vegas. Fearing the bar bill, PJM had him cover the race and the punditocracy's reactions from his home -- martini in hand. UPDATE: 6:18 pm PST And then there were three. After tonight, Fred Thompson's campaign is over. (Reminder to self: Don't endorse candidates you like, you jinx.) And Mike Huckabee has peaked. As Bill Kristol said on Fox, if Huckabee can't get 50% of the South Carolina evangelical vote, then tonight is the highwater mark of his campaign. Which leaves the Republicans with McCain, Romney, and Giuliani. And if Giuliani doesn't win -- and win convincingly -- in Florida, then he's out, too. This is looking more and more like a two-man race. On the Democratic side, you ain't seen nothin' yet. If you think the Clinton Machine unloaded on Obama in Nevada, wait'll you see what they have in store for him in SC next week. More at the jump...

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Nevada, South Carolina – PJM Special Coverage

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Bolstered by a few extra cups of coffee, PJM's Bill Bradley stayed up late as the results rolled in, and provides analysis and reports from correspondents on the ground in Nevada and South Carolina, on a day that has changed the face of the 2008 race for president. Latest: What We Know, And Are About To Know

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Is Morality Important in a Partner?

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

a href=”http://www.slate.com/id/2182162″”Dear Prudence” at Slate says/a a one time moral blunder is okay, I say it’s stronga warning sign./strong “Mr. Goody Two Shoes” writes Prudence, concerned that his girlfriend is a thief:br /br /blockquoteThe other day my girlfriend of three years told me that she found a wallet with over $200 inside. When I asked her what she was going to do with it, she said she was going to keep the cash. When I asked her why, she responded that she “needed the money.” While I can understand finding that much money just laying on the ground doesn’t happen often, I am somewhat disappointed and shocked by the lack of ethics in her final decision (even though we are both pretty broke at the moment). I even had to plead with her to anonymously mail back the person’s driver’s license and other contents of the wallet because it was a generous thing to do. Part of me just wants to forget the whole thing ever happened, while another part of me tries to make her feel guilty for being so misanthropic. Are opposing moral views something I should just accept within our relationship, or is this a sign of a deeper issue? /blockquotebr /br /Prudie’s response?br /br /blockquote…… But your next move should not be to try to make her feel guilty, but to get her to understand why you were so disturbed by this incident. Tell her you don’t want to keep flogging this, and after this discussion you will not bring it up again, but what nags at you about the whole thing is how out of character it was for her, because she is a thoughtful, considerate person. You can add that you know that if she accidentally left her wallet somewhere, she’d hope the person who found it would return it intact. Obviously, you’re looking for her to say that you’re right, and that she realizes she made a mistake. She may feel so defensive that she can’t do that now, but maybe after mulling it, she will. Keep your promise that you will then let this drop. You’ve known her for three years, so unless other evidence presents itself, consider it a one-time lapse./blockquotebr /br /Hello? The girlfriend should feel guilty, she took emsomeone else’s /em money and then had no qualms about never returning the wallet. This is not a one-time lapse, it is a window into how the girlfriend ticks. Understanding how someone operates when under stress or when no one else is watching is important. It tells you how they will treat emyou/em under the same circumstances. The girlfriend said she took the money because emshe/em needed it, what if this couple gets married and this woman emneed/ems money or something else in the future, will she just take it out of your joint account when you’re not watching even if you don’t want her too? If she gets desperate enough, what else will she do? Perhaps this guy doesn’t know this woman as well as he should. br /br /I would tell him to take this behavior as a warning sign and to keep it forefront in his mind. Does he plan on marrying her at some point? If so, I would tell him to have a looooonnnng engagement because watching how she responds to that stress might tell him even more about what kind of person she is, or isn’t. It’s better that he find out about her lack of morals now before he is sitting in divorce court, or worse, in a loveless marriage wondering how he missed the warning signs when they were right in front of him all along.

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Say Hello to the Hispanic Primaries

Saturday, January 19th, 2008 - by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

There has been a lot of cozying up to Hispanic voters in the run-up to today's Nevada caucuses. Ruben Navarrette Jr. says the presidential candidates ought to be ashamed of themselves for sacrificing their principles in order to win over - or suppress - this crucial voting bloc.

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‘Sarkozy of Arabia’ Sending Troops to the Gulf

Saturday, January 19th, 2008 - by Mr. Eugenides

"The French military may be the butt of a thousand chortling American jokes," says Scotsman Mr. Eugenides, but France's new deal with the United Arab Emirates to build military bases in the Persian Gulf should be taken seriously.

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It’s Payback Time for that Damn Dustbuster!

Friday, January 18th, 2008

a href=”http://glennsacks.com/blog/?p=1692″Glenn Sacks /a wonders about a emUSA Today /emfinancial colunm that blames men for retiring early:br /br /blockquoteUSA Today financial columnist Sandra Block’s column below all but comes right out and says that men are selfish for retiring at retirement age. Instead, men should continue to work, work, work while–guess what?–women should retire earlier./blockquotebr /br /The a href=”http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/columnist/block/2008-01-14-social-security-early-benefits_N.htm”opening paragraph of the article /agives a clue as to the bias the writer feels towards men:br /br /blockquoteHere’s some advice for married men who will turn 62 this year: If you want to make up for all the times you came home with beer on your breath, left your socks on the bathroom floor or gave your wife a DustBuster for Valentine’s Day, hold off on filing for your Social Security benefits./blockquote br /br /Yes, those troublesome men. They die earlier than women and therefore should work longer to provide for their merry widow in retirement. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? It seems to me that if you are going to die sooner, you will have a shorter retirement to enjoy and therefore, you should retire sooner, not later. But, naturally, the writer looks at what is best for women, so guys, get back to work so your wife won’t have to. br /br /Or on the other hand, maybe someone should suggest to wives that since their husbands will be supporting them long after they’re gone, maybe the wives should try to make the few years their husbands have remaining a bit more pleasant. Think you’ll see ithat/i article any time soon?

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Friday, January 18th, 2008

John Hawkins a href=”http://www.rightwingnews.com/mt331/2008/01/interviewing_jonah_goldberg_ab.php”interviews Jonah Goldberg /a about his book a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385511841?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0385511841″ span style=”font-style:italic;”Liberal Fascism/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0385511841″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / which was at #1 on Amazon yesterday and now is sitting at #2.

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Hillary Clinton’s Democracy Problem

Friday, January 18th, 2008 - by Daniel Koffler

The junior senator from New York has resorted to Tammany Hall-style electoral manipulation in Nevada, argues Daniel Koffler. For someone claiming to be pro-labor, Hillary Clinton attempted to deny casino workers easy access to the caucus on Saturday -- and all because their biggest union has endorsed Barack Obama.

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Gang Violence in Black and White

Friday, January 18th, 2008 - by Jack Dunphy

From the moment he arrives at a crime scene, LA police officer Jack Dunphy knows whether or not the media will take interest. Any kind of murder or mayhem in wealthy white neighborhoods is certain to grab headlines; warring black and Latino gangs also make the news. But when LA gangs kill and maim within their own race and neighborhoods, no reporters bother to show.

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Treat Breast Cancer? Not in My Backyard

Friday, January 18th, 2008 - by Dr. Linda Halderman

Nuclear plants do more than provide energy and jobs, writes Linda Halderman. Their radioactive products are the linchpin in various medical treatments and techniques - not that it's any concern to anti-nuclear activists.

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The Suicide of Reason in Canada

Friday, January 18th, 2008 - by Heather Cook

Ezra Levant was one of the few publishers in Canada to reprint the notorious "Mohammed cartoons" in 2006. Two years later, he's been hauled before a "human rights officer" to explain why offending the delicate sensibilities of sharia-minded imams is legal, legitimate and necessary. Heather Cook reports on Levant's video-captured testimony.

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Early Voting in Knoxville

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/R5AA9BjCdEI/AAAAAAAAACY/JpcPOD8w5qg/s1600-h/helenvotes.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/R5AA9BjCdEI/AAAAAAAAACY/JpcPOD8w5qg/s320/helenvotes.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”"id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5156622621726635074″ //abr /Glenn and I went to early voting yesterday in Knoxville and heard that the turnout had been outstanding, partly because Fred Thompson is on the Presidential ticket. The local news stated that 1195 people voted yesterday when we did–just 400 voted on the first day in the last Presidential primary and 70,000 are expected in total. There was also mention that many of the voters were first time voters or people who are not regular voters. br /br /I happened to catch the local news at WATE this afternoon and noticed that they caught pictures of both Glenn and me voting. a href=”http://www.wate.com/Global/category.asp?C=369nav=menu7_1″Watch the video/a and see if you can catch us (it’s very brief). You will have to scroll down and click on the camera icon next to “early voting” under “6 News video” in the middle of the page. Hint–I have on the brown jacket that you see to the left and you can hopefully recognize Glenn. br /br /Has anyone else done early voting in their town? How is the turnout?

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PJM Political 1/17/08: To Michigan, And Beyond!

Thursday, January 17th, 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 here to listen.

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Glenn Reynolds and Dr. Helen Smith interview Mayor Rudy Giuliani on the Second Amendment (he says he’s for it), socialized medicine (against it) and much more. Plus:

  • Glenn & Helen also interview Clinton economic advisor Gene Sperling on Senator Hillary Clinton’s economic proposals.
  • Burt Prelutsky on what he calls “Obama’s Creepy, Race-Obsessed Church“, and his new book, The Secret Of Their Success.
  • James Lileks on the “everyone’s a winner!” primaries.
  • And host Bill Bradley provides a full recap of both parties in Michigan, the Democrats’ debate in Las Vegas, and offers a sneak preview of South Carolina.
  • 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, 15.4 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 1/17/08–The Director’s Cut Interviews

    Thursday, January 17th, 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 both parties in Michigan, the Democrats’ debate in Las Vegas, and offers a sneak preview of South Carolina, which you can listen to, here.

  • Burt Prelutsky on Senator Barack Obama, and Burt’s new book, The Secret Of Their Success.
  • Click here for this week’s James Lileks appearance. (And here for last week’s Lileks on PJM Political.)
  • Finally, tune into The Glenn & Helen Show to hear the full length version of their interviews with Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senator Hillary Clinton’s economic advisor, Gene Sperling.
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    The New York Times Hits Veterans Yet Again

    Thursday, January 17th, 2008 - by Bob Owens

    Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are particularly prone to violence - at least according to the Gray Lady. Bob Owens takes a closer look at the statistics and finds that they tell a very different story - and accuses the Times of smearing Americans in uniform.

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    Apocalypse Now: Will New Media Destroy Hollywood?

    Thursday, January 17th, 2008 - by Roger L Simon

    The real issue at stake in the two month-old Writers' Strike may very well be the future of the entertainment industry itself, writes Pajamas CEO Roger L. Simon. He predicts that the power of the Internet as a distributor of content may spell nothing less than the end of Hollywood as we know it.

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    Keep the ‘Change’ – I’ll Take a Washington Insider, Thanks

    Thursday, January 17th, 2008 - by Bridget Johnson

    Would you want a culinary "outsider" running your restaurant? Then why in the world, asks Bridget Johnson, would you want a Washington "outsider" in the White House?

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    Is Taiwan Warming Up to Mainland China?

    Thursday, January 17th, 2008 - by China Hand

    PJM Taipei: The pro-China opposition gained enormously in Taiwan's legislative elections last week. China Hand explains the ramifications for the prospect of island independence and the role that Bush administration policies have played in Taiwan's political evolution.

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    Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

    I was very a href=”http://www.accesshollywood.com/article/8047/Actor-Brad-Renfro-Dead-At-25/”saddened to read/a that actor Brad Renfro died; he was a Knoxville native:br /br /blockquoteActor Brad Renfro is dead, the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed to Access Hollywood. br /br /Renfro’s body was discovered at his home in the Wilshire area of Los Angeles, by his girlfriend, authorities told the LA Times.br /br /He was declared dead at 9 AM, a coroner’s spokesperson told the paper….br /br /The talented actor found himself in frequent trouble with the law beginning in the late ‘90s in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. br /br /In 1998 he was charged with cocaine and marijuana possession but managed to skip out on jail time by making a plea deal. br /br /Three years later, Renfro made headlines again, this time in Florida, when he was charged with trying to steal a yacht in Fort Lauderdale./blockquote br /br /I believe his family still has a business here in Knoxville –Renfro Interiors. I can’t imagine the grief they must feel.br /br /Update: a href=”http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/jan/16/knoxville-actors-death-marked-round-world/”Here is a round-up /aof blog posts and news stories on the Knoxville born actor.

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    What’s Homeschooling got to do with it?

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

    The span style=”font-style:italic;”NYT’/spans had an article out yesterday entitled a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/12/us/12bodies.html?_r=1oref=slogin”"Lack of Supervision Noted in Deaths of Home-Schooled”/a (Hat Tip: a href=”http://lunablog.net/2008/01/14/homeschooling-and-child-abuse-should-we-increase-requirements/”Lunablog.net/a). The article looks at the Washington D.C. case where four girls were killed allegedly by their mother, and concludes that homeschooling “kills” or at least is dangerous.br /br /Why? Because abusive parents can stay home and abuse their kids instead of keeping them under the watchful eye of the state. Sorry, I don’t buy this, kids fall through the cracks at school everyday (they a href=”http://library.adoption.com/laws-and-legal-issues/class-action-lawsuit-on-behalf-of-tennessees-most-vulnerable-children-seeks-reform-of-failing-child-welfare-system/article/5826/1.html”even get abused in DCS custody!/a) and the D.C. case had little to do with homeschooling and more to do with a href=”http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0111bodiesfound11-on.html”finding an excuse/a to keep the police out of the house:br /br /blockquoteThe oldest girl, Brittany Jacks, stopped attending classes in early March. A social worker from the Booker T. Washington Public Charter School went to the home April 30 and called police after she was denied entry, Fenty said.br /br /The social worker reported that after speaking to Jacks she appeared to have mental health issues and “that she was possibly holding Brittany hostage by refusing to allow her to attend school,” Fenty said. A police officer who responded also was denied entry, but Jacks told him she was home-schooling the children./blockquotebr /br /If someone is possibly being held hostage, do the police always give up so easily if they hear a good excuse? I sure hope not. br /br /I think that a href=”http://abriefhistory.org/?p=194″A Brief History blog/a has the right take on the span style=”font-style:italic;”Time’s/span article:br /br /blockquoteRead the story and see if there is any sign that these kids were home schooled. The animosity of the left wing to home schooling is just amazing. Here is the real beef the Times has:br /br /blockquoteOnce against the law in all but five states, home schooling is now legal throughout the country and highly regulated in just six states, New York among them. About 1.1 million of the 50 million school age children were home schooled in 2003, the National Center for Education Statistics says./blockquotebr /br /What do you think the murder rate among home schoolers is ? Just think, 1.1 million kids escaping the clutches of the teacher’s unions./blockquotebr /br /br /Perhaps the real story here is the animosity of the span style=”font-style:italic;”Times/span to homeschoolers and the need for more supervision of state agencies like DCS.br /br /span style=”font-weight:bold;”Update/span: a href=”http://ace.mu.nu/archives/252198.php”Ace:/a “The NYT has a lot of problems with the most basic sort of comparative statistics, doesn’t it? At least when it comes to the military and home-schoolers and other Undesirables.”

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    Carnival of Homeschooling

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

    The a href=”http://yedies.blogspot.com/2008/01/carnival-of-homeschooling-martin-luther.html”Carnival of Homeschooling is up./a Be sure to a href=”http://lunablog.net/2008/01/14/homeschooling-and-child-abuse-should-we-increase-requirements/”check out this post/a on homeschooling and child abuse that asks the question: “Should we increase requirements?”

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    Defining Fascism, Refining Jonah

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

    Michael Ledeen – historian and author of the recent %%AMAZON=0312376553 The Iranian Time Bomb%% – reviews Jonah Goldberg’s even more recent %%AMAZON=0385511841 Liberal Fascism%%.

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