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The Power of New Media on the Presidency

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

Old Media only looks alive and influential, argues Steve Boriss. In fact, New Media has played a decisive role in this presidential election.

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Final Face-Off: Clinton, Obama Spar in Ohio

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - by Stephen Green

Why is Vodkapundit's Stephen Green calling Tuesday's debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the "Chinese Food Debate"? "An hour later, I remember there being a lot of stuff on the table, but all I feel is empty inside."

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Is Obama Feminized?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

So I took a look at a book entitled a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594515689?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594515689″emThe New Feminized Majority/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594515689″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / this week that purports to show how the values of American voters are dramatically shifting. How? According to the literature accompanying the book, there is a new feminized majority made up of both women and men that is:br /br /blockquote…emerging as the pivotal force in American politics. Emerging trends show these values are broadly progressive and address not just the needs of women but the general interests of society. They are held by women substantially more than by men but have become the values held by a majority of all voters, including millions of men. br /br /Like earlier eras in American history, such as the New Deal, the rise of the feminized majority today presents an opportunity for the Democrats to become the governing party for decades to come. /blockquotebr /br /I love the presumption by the writers of the book description that certainly anyone reading it would be just thrilled to have progressive and socialist values shoved down their throats. There is no indication or question about whether these are good values to have, simply that they will “open up a window for major social justice movements to make progressive change.”br /br /Now, naturally, this “feminized” change may take the form of a male presidential candidate. The authors are not too keen on Clinton whom they describe as a “pathbreaking” but imperfect carrier of the feminized agenda. They seem to love Edwards but since he is out of the race, we will turn to their thoughts on feminized Obama:br / br /blockquoteHere is Obama’s feminized philosophy in a nutshell. He highlights the importance of values in his own life and in the nations politics. He emphasizes that there is a “common good” or universal set of values that can bring all Americans together. He stresses change and the movement from self-interested patisanship to a feminized politics of the common good….br /br /Obama is markedly feminized in his critique of the self-interested, greedy, “old politics” of partisanship. “It is such partisanship that has turned Americans off. What is needed is a broad majority who are reengaged and who see their own self-interest as inextricably linked to the interest of others.” Here, the feminized Obama challenges the historic, masculinized American dream of looking out for oneself. Obama seeks to move American from narrow “self interest” (the masculinized narrative of emAlone I Will/em) to a concept of shared interest with others (the feminized narrative of emTogether We Can/em, which Obama often cites as “Yes, We Can”)…br /br /Obama straddles the maculinized/feminized divide in foreign policy. As the 2008 campaign unfolds, he increasingly emphasizes soft power–diplomacy, international law, and cooperation–in the war on terrorism… /blockquotebr /br /Funny, I can’t help but think that the word feminized used by these authors is just another a href=”http://www.aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/socialism.html”metaphor for socialism:/abr /br /blockquoteSocialism is the doctrine that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that his life and his work do not belong to him, but belong to society, that the only justification of his existence is his service to society, and that society may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good./blockquotebr /br /I think the new feminized majority is just another name for the same old socialist agenda. If so, count me out.

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Will the Real Ralph Nader Please Stand Up?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - by Jeralyn Merritt

What a sad decline: from the consumer advocate in the 50's to the man who can't give up his decade-long vanity project -- running for president. Ralph Nader has become irrelevant, declares Jeralyn Merritt.

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NY Times Shakeup Explains McCain ‘Bombshell’ Story

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - by Craig Karpel

The New York Times published the shoddy McCain-Iseman story the very same day the Sulzberger family fought to stave off an attempt on behalf of investors to alter the board of directors at the NY Times Company. Coincidence? Craig Karpel doesn't think so.

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What the Islamic Scholars Forgot to Tell the Pope

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - by Patrick Poole

Islamic scholars recently sent a letter to Pope Benedict lauding the common bonds between Muslims and Christians. Patrick Poole warns that the institute sponsoring the letter also issues fatwas condemning apostates and religious freedom.

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Iranian Shoppers Riot Against Modesty Police

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - by Ardeshir Arian

It happens every day on the streets of Tehran: a police squad grabbed a young woman for dressing immodestly. But this time, the young woman fought back, and a crowd defended her and attacked the police. Thanks to cell phone video, the internet, and brave Iranian citizen reporters, Ardeshir Arian is able to tell the story.

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Why Have 67,000 TSA Employees Left Their Jobs?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - by Annie Jacobsen

Over the course of its six-year life, the Transportation Security Administration has hired 110,000 employees, and 67,000 of them have quit or been fired. Frightening odds for the first-line of defense against terrorists, writes Annie Jacobsen.

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Are Single Sex Schools Really the Answer?

Monday, February 25th, 2008

A Georgia school system a href=”http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8V1H2RG0show_article=1″is set to go single-sex:/abr /br /blockquoteNearly four decades after this rural Georgia county stopped segregating its schools by race, it wants to divide students again—this time by sex. Greene County is set to become the first school district in the nation to go entirely single-sex, with boys and girls in separate classrooms—a move born of desperation over years of poor test scores, soaring dropout rates and high numbers of teenage pregnancies. br /br /”At the rate we’re moving, we’re never going to catch up,” Superintendent Shawn McCollough told parents in an impassioned speech last week. “If we’re going to take some steps, let’s take some big steps.” br /br /This pine-shrouded county of about 14,400 people between Atlanta and Augusta has in recent years become a magnet for retirees moving into luxury developments along the shore of Lake Oconee. But the vast majority of longtime residents—and most of the 2,000 students in the county’s schools—are black and working class.br //blockquotebr /br /Will single sex classrooms lead to better outcomes in this Georgia school? It’s hard to say, given that there are so many other variables that might be at play leading to the poor test scores, drop out rates and pregnancies. The article mentions that single sex schools tend to be private institutions with updated technology and ample resources, not poor school systems like Greene County’s. It will be interesting to see if there is improvement or not.

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‘No Country for Old Men’ Has a Winning Message

Monday, February 25th, 2008 - by Bridget Johnson

One Oscar winner offers a much-needed lesson in reality, writes Bridget Johnson. No Country shows that evil exists and must be combated.

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Monday, February 25th, 2008

Filmmaker Stuart Browning discusses the perils of public healthcare on Canadian National TV (CBC). a href=”http://freemarketcure.com/blog/?p=257″You can watch it here./a

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McCain, Schwarzenegger, and the MSM

Monday, February 25th, 2008 - by Bill Bradley

Bill Bradley recalls how the New York Times story on John McCain was like Los Angeles Times's eleventh-hour assault on Arnold Schwarzenegger during the 2003 California recall. One editor was at the center of both exposés.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Are you looking for a fun book for your elementary age or early middle school boy on the perils of navigating middle school? If so, take a look at a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0810993139?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0810993139″ span style=”font-style:italic;”Diary of a Wimpy Kid/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0810993139″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /–a fun-filled book that is reviewed over at a href=”http://booksforkidsblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/making-it-in-middle-school-diary-of.html”BooksForKids blog:/abr /br /blockquoteGreg is a scrawny, socially untalented middle school newby who longs to be a popular and muscular ladies’ man, but totally lacks the motivation to make the effort to get there. Instead he spends a lot of his energy trying to avoid schoolwork, get his hands on a video game called “Twisted Wizard,” and hang out with his sidekick Rowley. Now, clueless as he is, Greg realizes that Rowley is still stuck in kidsville and admits that Rowley’s status as “friend” is no sure thing…/blockquotebr /br /Frankly, the book sounds a bit painful to me but perhaps the idea of making middle school trials fun instead of traumatic is a better why to go. Anyway, if you want to learn more about the book, a href=”http://booksforkidsblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/making-it-in-middle-school-diary-of.html”read the review here./a

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In Focus: How Low Can Hill Go?

Monday, February 25th, 2008 - by Michael Weiss

So Obama's decked out in Somali regalia and the Clinton campaign thinks it can profit by it? Not an Islamic or Christian prayer, Hillary. Michael Weiss rounds up blogger reaction to today's headlining Drudge photo.

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Kosovo Balkanizes Europe… Again

Monday, February 25th, 2008 - by Soeren Kern

Kosovo's declaration of independence exposes the weak side of the European Union, which is unable to forumulate a unified response to the newly self-proclaimed republic, writes Soeren Kern.

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Oscar Night Hangover – Is a New ‘Casablanca’ Possible?

Monday, February 25th, 2008 - by Roger L Simon

In the wake of an Academy Awards when few cared who won Best Picture, no-longer-striking screenwriter Roger L. Simon wonders if there is a way to make movies that would bring a divided America together again... whether there could be a new Casablanca.

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Week 58 in Progress

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Over 210,000 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 two candidates on the Democratic side and four 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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Quietly Crusading Against ‘Soft Jihad’

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Unlike its murderous, more traditional form, “soft jihad” quietly “uses and abuses the language and the principles of democratic liberalism… to undermine that freedom and pave the way for self-righteous, theocratic intolerance.” Roger Kimball has some ideas on how to fight it.

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The Fall of Musharraf

Monday, February 25th, 2008 - by Richard Fernandez

Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf's resignation could be days away, following his party's crushing election defeat. What will follow? Most likely an opposition coalition whose policies will firmly wrench Pakistan from the War on Terror coalition, writes Richard Fernandez.

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A New Twist to the Prenuptial Agreement

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

At least a href=”http://www.nypost.com/seven/02242008/news/nationalnews/rule__1___dont_get_fat_99085.htm”this one does not involve /athe groom (Hat tip: Dave)–but maybe it should get him thinking: br /br /blockquoteThere’s a new prenuptial agreement in town – and it’s beyond anything even Ron Perelman’s lawyers could cook up.br /br /Young brides are drawing up bridesmaids contracts that are sure to cause rifts between BFFs in bad floor-length dresses everywhere.br /br /The agreements include specific grooming and behavior clauses – specifying everything from the required length and style of bridesmaids’ fingernails to prohibitions on gaining weight before the big day – with the threat that those who don’t comply will be dumped. …br /br /More than 20 percent of brides-to-be said they would use a contract to control bridesmaids, and half of them said they would sack one if she refused to follow the script, according to a survey conducted by UK magazine You Your Wedding./blockquotebr /br /It seems to me that this type of pre-nup should serve as a warning sign to the groom. Think about it, if a bride is this controlling of her bridesmaids’ behavior, what is she going to do to you after the wedding?

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Thoughts on a Sunday Morning at Panera

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

It’s amazing how honest most people are; I was in line this morning at Panera when a man handed the cashier a large a href=”http://www.louisvuitton.com/web/flash/index.jsp;jsessionid=QODXWXV5C0NGUCRBXUFFAGIKEG4RAUPU?buy=1langue=en_US”Louis Vuitton purse/a and said, “There was a group of people who just took off and one of them left this purse.” The cashier took it, shrugged and told the man, “I’m sure they will come back. I’ll put it in a safe place.” I then watched her tell her co-workers to be aware that a woman had left her purse and would probably be back to get it soon. br /br /”Such quick organizational skills and honesty,” I thought. I imagine the woman who left her purse will be relieved to find that a group of honest people made sure that her property was safe. I wonder what would have happened a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2008/01/is-morality-important-in-partner.html”if this woman/a had found her purse? I think about how amazing it is that the default setting for most of us is honesty and doing what’s right. It comforts me when I think about all of the terrible things that we human beings do to each other that seems so prevalent when clustered together on the evening news, but seem so much an aberration in the day-to-day world.

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Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Victor Davis Hanson a href=”http://pjmedia.com/xpress/victordavishanson/2008/02/22/the_way_ahead.php”has an interesting piece up /a over at PJM on how we ended up with Obama:br /br /blockquoteOne wonders how the United States has come to the brink of nominating and probably electing someone with almost no experience as either an executive or national legislator, replete with ratings and rankings that suggest he will be about the most liberal Presidential candidate since George McGovern./blockquotebr /br /You can a href=”http://pjmedia.com/xpress/victordavishanson/2008/02/22/the_way_ahead.php”read more here./a

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Don’t Panic, Your Data Is Secure

Sunday, February 24th, 2008 - by Charlie Martin

Unless you're James Bond or Jack Bauer, the news that disk encryption is compromised shouldn't make you lose any sleep, says Charlie Martin. He explains why.

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Gaza’s Culture of Self-Destruction

Sunday, February 24th, 2008 - by Yael Kaynan

Palestinians in Gaza harm themselves more than they could ever hurt Israel, argues Yael Kaynan. What future is there when children are taught that there is no greater accomplishment than blowing themselves up?

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Roll Out the Red Carpet – It’s Oscar Night!

Sunday, February 24th, 2008 - by Elizabeth Hackett and Hilary Galanoy

It was a cliffhanger, but the writer's strike ended in time to save the Oscars. Self-confessed awards show junkies and formerly striking screenwriters Elizabeth Hackett and Hilary Galanoy celebrate -- and try to predict the winners.

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