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How Did We End Up With Obama?

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Victor Davis Hanson examines the chain of events that has led us 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.”

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Is Hillary Keeping It Real?

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

A fading Hillary Clinton is now exhorting voters to "get real" about this election. Dave Musgrove sees this as a "sign of desperation, not of leadership."

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Remembering an Officer Slain in the Line of Duty

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 - by Jack Dunphy

Last week's funeral for the first Los Angeles SWAT team member to be killed on a call-up made Jack Dunphy "fearful of being a cop but also immensely proud."

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Weird Food Cravings

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Do you ever have a href=”http://www.aldenteblog.com/2008/02/weird-food-crav.html”weird food cravings /aand think that it’s because you’re missing something in your diet? Apparently, that’s not the case:br /br /blockquotea href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23186776/”MSNBC.com /arecently posted some of the weird food cravings their readers have. Apparently craving peanut butter burgers or banana bacon sandwiches doesn’t mean you’re missing something from your diet. “Scientists haven’t been able to link cravings in humans to specific nutritional deficiencies, says Joy Bauer, TODAY’s nutrition expert and author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594864667?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594864667″emFood Cures: Treat Common Health Concerns, Look Younger Live Longer./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594864667″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” //blockquotebr /br /When I was pregnant, I ate the a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibimbap”Korean dish Bibimbap /aeveryday which is a dish of rice, vegetables and in my case, seaweed, which I loved. I thought I craved the dish because I needed postassium or some other mineral but maybe I was just weird.

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Professor Zapatero’s Required Reading

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 - by Robert Latona

Robert Latona explores the strange affinities -- and disunities -- between Jorge Luis Borges and Spain's Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

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The Great Divide, Politically Speaking

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

What can explain the gulf that separates liberals and conservatives? Burt Prelutsky throws up his hands and suggests DNA.

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Obama Shooting Himself in the Foot with Anti-Gun Stance

Friday, February 22nd, 2008 - by Bob Owens

Barack Obama will have a big problem attracting the blue-collar white voters he needs to win the presidency, writes Bob Owens: they like guns and he wants to take their guns away.

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In Focus: Has the Surge Failed?

Friday, February 22nd, 2008 - by Michael Weiss

Michael Kinsley thinks the surge is a failure because it hasn't led to one of its implicit promises: troop withdrawal. A few bloggers -- and a fellow Washington Post pundit -- beg to differ. Michael Weiss has a reaction round-up.

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Naomi Campbell–Political Candidate?

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

David Harsanyi a href=”http://www.denverpost.com/harsanyi/ci_8328843″states in his emDenver Post /emcolumn /aentitled, “The Truth About Castro”:br /br /blockquoteSupermodel Naomi Campbell claims that Fidel Castro is “a source of inspiration to the world.” Actually, in South Beach, dingbat stick-figures can pocket millions strutting down runways, but in Cuba, young women are destined to toil in a socialist economy with little hope. They aren’t inspired by Castro. Suicide rates are estimated to have tripled since El Caballo began running things./blockquote br /br /Maybe Campbell should stick with modeling, sounds like she has a better career there than in politics; on the other hand, the way that some of our politicians appease and admire dictators, maybe not.

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Friday, February 22nd, 2008

a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2008/02/obama_shooting_himself_in_the.php”Obama and guns:/a “In 1999, Obama proposed to make it a felony for the gun owner if a firearm stolen from his residence and used in a crime was not “securely stored” — effectively negating the homeowner’s right to self-defense.”br /br /Scary stuff.

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The Perils of Socialized Healthcare

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

The British and Massachusetts healthcare systems are failing, argues Tom Blumer. "If we ever see a nationwide state-run healthcare system in the U.S., the mainstream media will have played a large role in its arrival by ignoring its myriad failures, both overseas and at home."

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Got Ethics, McCain?

Friday, February 22nd, 2008 - by Brad Rourke

The New York Times' bombshell story on John McCain proves that sometimes in today's political climate "we seek examples of wrongdoing and find them where they do not quite exist," contends Brad Rourke.

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February is Lebanon’s Cruelest Month

Friday, February 22nd, 2008 - by Jeha

PJM Beirut: Lebanon's bubbling "sectarian brew" is once again creating stress that is too large for its small country to withstand and too volatile for her neighbours to handle. Jeha is worried.

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Clinton, Obama Face Off in Texas

Friday, February 22nd, 2008 - by Eric Scheie

Eric Scheie expected nothing less than gladiatorial combat at Thursday's debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton -- but the major event of the night turned out to be yet another display of emotion from Senator Clinton.

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PJM Political 2/21/08: The Kudlow Connection

Thursday, February 21st, 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:

February 21st PJM Political On XM Satellite Radio


<mark_stricherz.jpg Larry Kudlow Chris Peden


Larry Kudlow of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company explores the state of the economy today–and how it would fare under the three remaining presidential candidates. Plus:

  • Host Bill Bradley diagrams the primaries in Hawaii and Wisconsin and the dueling soundbites of Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain.
  • Mark Stricherz flashes back to the secret origins of the Superdelegates, and explains Why The Democrats Are Blue.
  • Pajamas CEO Roger L. Simon interviews Texas councilman Chris Peden, who hopes to deflate the Ron Paul blimp.
  • James Lileks on tautological Obamaisms
  • Produced by Ed Driscoll.


  • For extended versions of the interviews featured on the show, don’t miss this week’s PJM Political “Director’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 2/21/08: The Director’s Cuts

    Thursday, February 21st, 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 Obama and Hillary’s dueling for voters in Wisconsin and Hawaii, and Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama’s dueling soundbites. Click here to listen.
  • James Lileks hits the fainting couch. Click here to listen.
  • And click here and scroll down, to listen to Roger L. Simon’s complete interview with councilman Chris Peden, looking to unseat Texas Congressman and would-be GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul.
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    McCain and the Media: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

    Thursday, February 21st, 2008 - by Sheryl Longin

    Is Republican John McCain's unique relationship with the liberal media a liability or an asset for his presidential run? Sheryl Longin wonders.

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    Serbs Storm U.S. Embassy in Belgrade

    Thursday, February 21st, 2008 - by Stephen Schwartz

    Thursday's Serbian attack on the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade comes as a surprise only to the gullible, argues Stephen Schwartz.

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    Ask Dr. Helen: Is Male Bashing Curable?

    Thursday, February 21st, 2008

    a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2008/02/ask_dr_helen_the_unfair_sex.php”My PJM column is up:/abr /br /blockquote“We’re tired of the way the media portrays us as either abusive, career-driven, slovenly, or one of the myriad of other male stereotypes,” one married man complains to Dr. Helen Smith. She sympathizes. /blockquotebr /br /Okay, that is the PJM editor’s interpretation. I don’t sympathize, I say, mobilize and do something constructive. Others may disagree and just ignore negative male stereotypes. a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2008/02/ask_dr_helen_the_unfair_sex.php”Go read the column /aand tell me what you think.

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    Ask Dr. Helen: Is Male Bashing Curable?

    Thursday, February 21st, 2008

    "We're tired of the way the media portrays us as either abusive, career-driven, slovenly, or one of the myriad of other male stereotypes," one married man complains to Dr. Helen Smith. She sympathizes.

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    Obama Unbound: The Man Behind the Myth

    Thursday, February 21st, 2008 - by Bernard Chapin

    Obama's past is key to understanding the fervor surrounding his campaign, writes Bernard Chapin -- and the way to figure out what we can expect from him if elected.

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    How Bad Is the National Debt, Really?

    Thursday, February 21st, 2008 - by Charlie Martin

    We keep hearing depressing statistics as to the increasing burden of the '"national debt" when it is calculated "per person."' Charlie Martin decided to investigate the average American's share of the "national wealth."

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    Cuba Libre: Next Step for Island Should Be Democracy

    Thursday, February 21st, 2008 - by Bridget Johnson

    It's a gross insult to the Cuban people to suggest that the country should adopt the "Chinese model" now that Fidel Castro has resigned, says Bridget Johnson.

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    In Focus: Obama’s Foreign Policy Assessed

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 - by Michael Weiss

    From Cuba to Syria to Palestine, all signs point to Obama's rather hidebound thinking on foreign policy, argues Michael Weiss, who analyzes the candidate's personal about-faces as well as the intimations coming from his probable Cabinet.

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    Podcast: How to Raise a Future Millionaire

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

    a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0785221859?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlink_code=as3camp=211189creative=373489creativeASIN=0785221859″img alt=”troydunncov.jpg” src=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/images/troydunncov.jpg” align=right border=0 width=”105″ height=”160″ //aDo you ever wonder if you are teaching your kids the right lessons about money and how to use it wisely? Author Troy Dunn has seven kids and has taught them how to start businesses of their own. He talks with us today about his new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0785221859?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0785221859″emYoung Bucks: How to Raise a Future Millionaire/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0785221859″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /br /br /He explains what five word phrase parents should never say to their kids when it comes to money, why college is not that important in becoming a millionaire, what businesses are good for kids, and why you should not give your kid an allowance (uh- oh). br /br /You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2008/02/20/the_glenn_and_helen_show_troy.php”going right here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file and listen at your leisure a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20080220-Dunn.mp3″by clicking right here./a A lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. is a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2008/02/20/the_glenn_and_helen_show_troy.php”here./a And you can always a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″subscribe via iTunes/a — and why wouldn’t you, since it’s free?br /br /Music is by a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=110478926s=143441″Mobius Dick./a Show archives are at a href=”http://glennandhelenshow.com”GlennandHelenShow.com./a

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