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AP Plays Fast and Loose with Jobless Numbers

Thursday, July 31st, 2008 - by Tom Blumer

The Associated Press is misleading its readers when reporting on job losses.

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Olmert Bows Out: It’s About Time

Thursday, July 31st, 2008 - by Lisa Goldman

It was fear, not shame, that sent the Israeli prime minister packing.

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The Game on Your Wii: Now Rated R

Thursday, July 31st, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Parents — not the nanny state — should protect kids from pixelated sex and violence.

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Forget Train Wreck: Obama Is a Jet Crash

Thursday, July 31st, 2008 - by Kyle-Anne Shiver

Some think a President Obama will help America by reinvigorating conservatism. They're playing with fire.

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Can Britain Survive Multiculturalism?

Thursday, July 31st, 2008 - by Roger Kimball

I'd say the answer is No.

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Nifong was "Intoxicated by the Media"

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

I attended a panel today at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools on the Duke Lacrosse Controversy. On the panel was KC Johnson, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312369123?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0312369123″Until span style=”font-style:italic;”Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0312369123″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / who wrote the popular a href=”http://durhamwonderland.blogspot.com/”Durham-in-Wonderland blog /athat played such an important role in reporting the real facts as they came up in the case. I asked Johnson after the panel how he got interested in the rape case and why he blogged about it. His reponse was that the a href=”http://z10.invisionfree.com/FODU_Open_Board/index.php?s=0ebdf4a0b04224405ba64fa7eb5a25d5showtopic=4st=0#entry2429674″ Duke group of 88,/a the professors who took out an ad that accused the lacrosse players of being guilty without evidence seemed so unfair and the facts of the case didn’t add up and he felt compelled to do something about it. And that he did.br /br /The panel as a whole was impressive as James Coleman from Duke, Angela Davis from American University, Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina and Lyrissa Lidsky from the University of Florida were all there to discuss the role of the media, the inappropriate use of power by prosecutor Mike Nifong, and the lessons we can learn from them. br /br /Professor Davis, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195177363?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0195177363″emArbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor,/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0195177363″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / pointed out that many poor people, particularly minorities are prosecuted unfairly without any justice, while Johnson pointed out that the Duke lacrosse students were prosecuted embecause/em they were seen as privileged and white. Lidsky discussed how the MSM pushed the case into a media frenzy and Professor Gerhardt stated that Nifong was “intoxicated by the media” and opined that the trial should not have been made public but would have been better off tried by a jury. Professor Coleman stated that “one of the most extraordinary things that happened in the case was KC’s blog. It was accurate and well-sourced.” Overall, the panel was terrific and reminded me that there are many fair-minded professionals out there who believe in justice even when it is not popular. Thank goodness.

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PJM Political 7/30/08: John Edwards And The Empire Of The Undernews!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 - by Ed Driscoll

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Bombs in Gaza, Parties in Ramallah

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 - by Rinat Malkes

As Hamas-Fatah tensions increase across the West Bank and Gaza, the city of Ramallah has become a bustling oasis from strife.

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Clueless UN Gets Swindled in Burma

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 - by Claudia Rosett

With Burma now skimming relief money, the UN needs a new department: Bribery, Rackets, Insider Boondoggles, and Extortion (BRIBE).

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Should Cops or Generals Spearhead the War on Terror?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 - by Richard Fernandez

Paging James Bond and Mr. District Attorney: please report for duty against terrorism.

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It’s the Liquidity, Stupid

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 - by Tim Draper

If we want the US to succeed, we must lose the watchdog economy and let the markets run free. Now.

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Why Is the Black Vote in the Democrats’ Pocket?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 - by

The belief that government must "do something for us" has deep roots in the community.

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Defending Taiwan Is Defending America

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 - by Gordon G. Chang

As it tries to get China to behave, the U.S. is shortchanging Taipei.

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Hawaii Braces as Obama Talks Apologies for Natives

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 - by Andrew Walden

Citing "our tragic history," Obama clears the way for even more corruption in the Aloha State.

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More Summer Reading

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

While in Florida this week, I decided to take an advance copy of clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib’s new book a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0425223310?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0425223310″emAsking For Murder/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0425223310″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / with me for some fun summer reading. You might remember a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/search?q=deadly+advice”that I posted about /aIsleib’s first book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0425214745?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0425214745″emDeadly Advice /em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0425214745″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /and found it to be well worth a read if you like psychological mysteries. br /br /This book –the third in the series –is the tale of clinical psychologist and advice columnist Dr. Rebecca Butterman, who is always getting into other people’s business and solving crimes. This time, one of her best friends gets beaten up and left for dead, and naturally, she sets about finding out the details of what happened. br /br /While I am not crazy about the main character–she is too PC for my taste (although likable at times), I was pleased to see that the author sort of poked fun at Butterman’s tendencies to use sexist stereotypes to look for clues to the mystery of who hurt her friend. For example, she assumes her friend’s boyfriend might have been the one that assaulted her because men are always belittling women’s self-esteem (typical therapist) and he is a carpenter, probably making her more suspicious as she does not seem happy that he does “blue collar” work. She invites the boyfriend over for dinner to feel him out and asks him about his educational background. The boyfriend, Russ, tries to answer her questions but finally feels belittled himself and the dialogue that follows between him and Butterman is rather amusing:br /br /blockquote”If you have a problem with me being too dumb for your friend, the fancy doctor, why don’t you have the balls to just come out and say it?”br /br /”She’s not a doctor, she’s a social worker,” I said through gritted teeth. “Do you even know what sandplay therapy is?”br /br /”I’ll tell you what we had in common, because that’s obviously what you’ve been wondering about all night. Why did your smart friend go for a big dumb dope like me? She was depressed,” he said, jabbing his right pointer finger right at me. It was missing the tip. “We laughed all the time. Which is more than she could say for the rest of her friends.” /blockquotebr /br /Author Isleib makes Butterman look small and petty and the guy, well, articulate and to the point. Anyway, I won’t ruin the plot for you in case you ever read it but I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Damsels of Death: Female Suicide Killers Devastate Iraq

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 - by Phyllis Chesler

Think women are more compassionate than men? Think again.

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Al-Qaeda’s ‘Mad Scientist’ Killed in U.S. Air Strike?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 - by Bob Owens

Pakistani intelligence has confirmed the death of the terrorist group's top chemical and biological weapons expert.

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Obama’s Audacity of Fake Centrism

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 - by Bernard Chapin

Some liberals are concerned by his pivots towards the middle. They needn't be.

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"In general, a restraining order is only enforceable against a law-abiding, non-violent man."

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks: a href=”http://glennsacks.com/blog/?page_id=2568″Restraining Orders Can Be Straitjackets On Justice/a:br /br /blockquoteWomen’s advocates and the state Attorney General’s office are criticizing a new court ruling which will make it harder for women to get restraining orders against their male partners. Star-Ledger columnist Fran Wood, in her recent op-ed “Don’t soften protection for women,” called New Jersey’s Domestic Violence Prevention Act “one of the best statutes in the country,” and said the new ruling could “diminish the ability of domestic violence victims to get the protection they need.”br /br /Certainly abused women need protection and support, but there are many troubling aspects of the DVPA’s restraining order provisions that merit judicial and/or legislative redress.br /br /Under the DVPA, it is very easy for a woman to allege domestic violence and get a restraining order (aka “protection order”). New Jersey issues 30,000 restraining orders annually, and men are targeted in 4/5ths of them. The standard is “preponderance of the evidence” (often conceptualized as 51%-49%), and judges almost always side with the accusing plaintiff. br /br /Under the DVPA, the accuser need not even claim actual abuse. Alleged verbal threats of violence are sufficient, even though it’s almost impossible for the accused to provide substantive contradictory evidence.br /br /The restraining order boots the man out of his own home and generally prohibits him from contacting his own children. Men are cut off from their possessions and property, and some end up in homeless shelters. br //blockquotebr /br /Update: Vox Day a href=”http://voxday.blogspot.com/2008/07/equalitarian-equality.html”has more on New Jersey’s lack of regard/a for the Constitution when it comes to men and domestic violence.

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Reuters Whitewashes Terrorism in Turkey

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 - by Claire Berlinski

Turks know that the group suspected in Sunday's bloody Istanbul bombing regularly targets civilians — Reuters doesn't.

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The New and Improved John McCain

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin

The arrival of ex-Bush campaign wiz Steve Schmidt has breathed new life into the candidate's moribund efforts.

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How Do You Teach Kids to Pay Attention?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 - by Maggie Jackson

Children can be taught how to cut through the culture of distraction.

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Why Do Europeans Love Obama?

Monday, July 28th, 2008 - by Victor Davis Hanson

Let us count the ways ...

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Sisters: The Path to Punditry Isn’t Paved With Baby Powder

Monday, July 28th, 2008 - by Katherine Berry

Why exactly is it a slap in the face to female bloggers to put them in the Style section?

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The View from My Window

Monday, July 28th, 2008

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