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HBO’s Recount: Hanging Chads, Black Humor

Saturday, May 24th, 2008 - by Christian Toto

A new movie airing tonight offers a compelling — if not completely objective — portrayal of the pitched battle over Florida's 2000 presidential vote.

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The Glenn and Helen Show: Robert Kagan

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

In the 1990s, people talked about the "end of history," when international power politics wouldn't really matter. In his new book, The Return of History and the End of Dreams, Robert Kagan talks about democracy, autocracy, and the return of Great Power politics to international relations.

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Hillary Plays the Assassination Card

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 - by Rick Moran

Hillary Clinton's reference to Bobby Kennedy's assassination as justification for her staying in the race could be the final nail in her campaign coffin.

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Olmert and Assad’s Peace of the Lame

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 - by Lisa Goldman

While most Israelis would like to take the prospect of Israel-Syrian negotiations seriously, they find it impossible.

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Should Government be Held to as High a Standard as it Holds its Citizens?

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Do you ever cringe when you check the mail and see you got a letter from the IRS? I did yesterday when I got a notice in the mail that I owed the government another 1000 dollars for a small mistake made on my 2006 taxes. Why? A qualified dividend and ordinary income of around 430 bucks that did not get reported until later in the year and I was never sent a notice. For some reason, the IRS notice stated that I owed 984 dollars (717 in taxes) which included penalties on the money. “How in the world,” I wondered, “could I owe more money on the income than I made?” So I called the IRS today to find out.br /br /Naturally, it took me several tries and a lot of patience to get through but I finally did. A rather nice woman assisted me but seemed to have little compassion for my predicament initially. “Well, you get a penalty for not accurately reporting this money.” “I didn’t know about this money because my fund company did not issue me any information,” I added. Then I heard a laugh. “Whoever issued this notice for your penalty and tax made a bunch of mistakes. This is embarrassing for the IRS. You actually owe nothing and should never have gotten a notice.” br /br /”So can I issue a penalty to the IRS for making a mistake?” I asked. No response, but I was so relieved that I did not owe any more money that I just wrote down her name and the information to file away and considered myself lucky. But in the back of my mind, I couldn’t help but think, “Why is it that if a citizen makes a mistake, we are considered suspect and penalized but if the government does it, it’s always okay? I will leave you to ponder that question.

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Is Fandom a Mental Illness?

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 - by Roger L Simon

The author was biting his nails before Friday's big Spurs-Lakers game — but not anymore. Nail-biting begins again Sunday.

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Are Soldiers Really Being Assaulted on the DC Metro?

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 - by Bob Owens

It sounded serious. A memo being circulated saying military personnel are being targeted for abuse by anti-war protesters in the Washington DC metro. A little digging, however, reveals that the hype was all smoke and no fire.

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Pin the VP on the Elephant: McCain’s Short List

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 - by John Hawkins

John McCain has a tough choice ahead of him in selecting a running mate. Who is most likely to help vault him to victory in November?

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Communists for Obama

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 - by Oleg Atbashian

Barack Obama's massive pre-primary rally in Portland, OR, was aided in no small part by the appearance of an uber-hip band. Their gimmick? They start each performance with the Soviet national anthem.

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Has Public Voyeurism Gone Too Far?

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 - by Pam Meister

It's one thing when people allow themselves to be exploited on reality television. It's quite another when individuals, like the Fritzl family, find their personal tragedies being peddled by a greedy media.

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PJM Political 5/22/08: Raiders Of The Lost Superdelegates!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 - by Ed Driscoll

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:

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Like Karen Allen and Harrison Ford in search of the Ark of the Covenant (or maybe more like Hope & Crosby on the Road To Utopia), Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama go off in search of the equally elusive last of the superdelegates…


  • Fedora-clad host Bill Bradley’s follow-up interview with Steve Westly, co-founder of eBay, and national finance and California co-chairman for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. (Click here for video).






  • And Minneapolis Lileks on Obama’s Carter-esque “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK”, gaffe.



  • Produced, with plenty of industrial light and magic, by Ed Driscoll.


Bill Bradley’s weekly commentary segment is available separately here. And a lo-fi edition of this week’s show 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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Bill Bradley–Thursday Morning Quarterback 5/22/08

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 - by Ed Driscoll

From this week’s PJM Political, host Bill Bradley’s opening segment. And check out the above video for Bill’s follow-up interview with Steve Westly, co-founder of eBay, and national finance and California co-chairman for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

May 22nd Bill Bradley Interview

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Indiana Jones 4 Doesn’t Rival Predecessors

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the worst Steven Spielberg popcorn flick since 1941.

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UC Irvine Still Enforcing Sharia Law

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 - by Jonathan Constantine Movroydis and Reut Cohen

Administrators are either clueless about radical Islam's foothold on campus or determined to create an environment in which supporters of terrorism can thrive. Take your pick.

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The Power of the Self-fulfilling Prophecy

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

blockquoteemIf men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences./em–a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_theorem”W. I. Thomas/a/blockquotebr /br /I am often discouraged when I read various right-leaning bloggers and pundits and see them mention over and over that the Republicans are doomed to lose this presidential election. If the Democrats want to feel this way and talk about what losers Republicans are, let them, but why add fuel to the fire? I understand that many Republicans are disgusted and angry with how the party has progressed over the years but joining in the despair will only lead to a a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-fulfilling_prophecy”self-fulfilling prophecy /athat will insure a loss come this November. And the media is picking up on this defeatist attitude and using it to make the Republicans look not only like losers, but self-sabotaging ones at that. For example, emUS News World Report /ema href=”http://www.usnews.com/blogs/mashek/2008/5/19/republicans-liberal-attacks-on-democrats-losing-their-sting.html”states:/a br /br /blockquoteGuess what? The Republican brand may be the losing one in 2008. Even some Republicans are openly talking about it in the face of significant losses in recent special elections….br /br /Even a Republican veteran in Congress, Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, said his party was in its worst condition since the Watergate scandal. The GOP lost 47 seats in the House in the first post-Watergate election./blockquotebr /br /Bloggers are also joining in the doom and gloom predictions. For example, a href=”http://www.rightwingnews.com/mt331/2008/05/frank_ideas_to_reinvigorate_th.php\”Right Wing News /ahas a bit of satire up by Frank J. (yes, I know it’s satire, but the message is still a negative one):br /br /blockquoteIt’s pretty universally well known that the Republicans are in huge trouble as they’ve lost a number of special elections that I don’t know much about but all the smart people say are very important. At least I know I don’t care much more Republicans anymore; they lately just seem like a less mincing version of the Democrats. Frankly, things are so bad that for Republicans that if the Democrats don’t get the White House and huge gains in the House and Senate, they should really all jump off a bridge for sucking that much. The new face of the Republican Party?/blockquotebr /br /Believing that your party is a bunch of losers surely will not help it to improve it and may, in fact, hasten it’s self-destruction–something some Democrats would be happy to see–but why play along while marching in step to the tune of Saul Alinsky? I was watching a show the other night on PBS’s emFrontline/em about a wonderful young boy who was being cyber-bullied by peers stating: “YOU ARE SUCH A LOSER.” The boy believed it and went on to kill himself. He basically self-destructed by incorporating the negativity that others felt for him onto himself and felt that he was not worthy. Now, it seems that many right-leaning citizens feel the same. Instead of saying that there are still ideas and policies that the Republicans have that are worth saving– (national security, low taxes, small government) they have deemed the whole party losers. br /br /Perhaps some of the right-leaning bloggers and pundits who have such negative predictions for the future of the GOP should take a look at such books as a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743234804?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0743234804″emThe Power of Positive Thinking/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0743234804″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / or a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0425142965?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0425142965″emBe Your Own Best Friend. /em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0425142965″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / As of right now their negativity and predictions of a loss this November might just cause enough people to give up on the party and make their predictions come true. Constructive criticism is one thing, wishing for defeat is another–make sure you know the difference. The more we put toxic memes out there that the GOP sucks, the more likely people are to believe it and make it come true.

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Cyberbullying: Despicable, But Criminal?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Lori Drew's vicious online harassment clearly led to the suicide of a 13-year-old girl. But if she is convicted of the charges in her recent indictment for breaking cyberlaws, all of us will be punished.

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California Draggin’: Golden State’s Economy Hurts America

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 - by Tom Blumer

"As California goes, so goes the nation." Sadly, the aphorism is holding true as the Golden State's unemployment rate and bloated welfare rolls help slow the U.S. economy.

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Winners and Losers in the Lebanon Crisis

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 - by Charles Chuman

The ruling Lebanese regime may have ceded some ground to Hezbollah following the recent violence — but they also managed to take Lebanon another step in the direction of full independence.

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Obama and Wright: Who They Were Is Not Who They Are

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 - by Bernard Chapin

Beset by scandal, Barack Obama and his pastor are trying to deflect criticism by highlighting their more humble and patriotic youths. Irrelevant! People change — and it's who we are today that really counts.

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Karsenty Strikes Blow for Freedom in Al-Dura Case [VIDEO]

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 - by Richard Landes

Richard Landes of the Second Draft reviews the evidence that the "Al-Dura Affair" was, as ruled by a French appeals court today, a hoax — and exposes other works of "Pallywood."

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French Court Vindicates Al-Dura Hoax Critic

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 - by Philippe Karsenty

In a stunning reversal, a French appeals court today dismissed France 2's defamation charges against Philippe Karsenty in the controversial Mohammed al-Dura case.

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New Books on Men and Boys

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

A reader (thanks!) let me know about a new book by columnist Kathleen Parker that is coming out soon entitled a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400065798?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1400065798″emSave the Males: Why Men Matter Why Women Should Care./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1400065798″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / It is being published by Random House and here is the synopsis at Amazon:br /br /blockquoteTell a woman we need to save the males and she’ll give you the name of her shrink. But cultural provocateur Kathleen Parker, who was raised by her father and who mothered a pack of boys, makes a humorous case for rescuing the allegedly stronger sex from trends that portend man’s cultural demise. br /br /Save the Males is a shrewd, amusing, and sure-to-be-controversial look at how men, maleness, and fatherhood have been under siege in American culture for decades. Kathleen Parker argues that the feminist movement veered off course from it’s original aim of helping women achieve equality and ended up making enemies of men. With piercing wit, this nationally syndicated columnist shows us how the pendulum has swung from the reasonable middle to a place where men have been ridiculed in the public square and the importance of fatherhood has been diminished–all to the detriment of women, who ultimately suffer most./blockquotebr /br /Sounds interesting–but I must add that I find it somewhat disturbing that ultimately the premise of the book (I am inferring this from the title and the above summary) is about the effect of men’s cultural demise on….women. Yes, I know that focusing on women is the only way to sell books but if I had my way (or I was not so darn lazy), I would write a book that focused on the effect of the male bashing culture on—-surprise!….men. How do actual men feel about it, what do emthey/em think, how does it affect emthem/em personally and their sons?br /br /Which brings me to a good book I am in the process of reading that came in the mail (for a href=”http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/”Glenn/a but I took it) entitled a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596980575?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1596980575″emBoys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1596980575″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /br /br /Author Meg Meeker, a pediatrician, exposes a number of shocking statistics about the state of boyhood in America such as:br /br /blockquoteADHD is diagnosed seven times as often in boys as it is in girls:br /br /Only 65 percent of boys graduate from high school, much lower than the graduation rate for girls;br /br /29 percent of boys admit to drinking alcohol before the age of thirteen…/blockquotebr /br /I had no idea these were shocking stats, I thought they were common knowledge. Anyway, this particular book looks informative; there is a chapter on “The Difference a Dad Makes” that talks about the importance a father plays in a boy’s life. A section on “Self Control” makes an important point by forensic psychologist Shawn Johnston:br /br /blockquoteThe research is absolutely clear…the one human being most capable of curbing the anti-social aggression of a boy is his biological father./blockquotebr /br /Dads definitely teach boys how to channel aggression and deal with emotions of anger and frustration. But more importantly, Dads teach boys that they matter, and that they can grow up to be successful men.

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Obama on Cruise Control

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 - by Bill Bradley

When you are running against as formidable a character as John McCain, you've got to roll up your sleeves and step it up. Even with the nomination clinched, Obama still has a lot to prove, and he can't afford to relax.

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Are Political Spouses Fair Game?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin

A tip for presidential hopefuls: if you want your husband or wife exempt from scrutiny, sending them on the campaign trail as your surrogate or making them a key advisor isn't a good idea.

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Hugo and the Venezuelan Chocolate Factory

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 - by

Hugo Chavez may have lost the referendum that would have granted him absolute power in Venezuela. But that hasn't stopped him from nationalizing much of the country's economy.

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