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Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Drink

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

We should empower young adults to make responsible choices, not choose for them.

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Joe Biden, the Kiss of Death

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 - by Bernard Chapin

John McCain must be brimming with joy at Obama's choice.

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Michelle Obama Channels June Cleaver, Not Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, August 25th, 2008 - by Phyllis Chesler

Presenting her credentials as a family-style team player was not enough. Women expected more from her.

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Live from DNC: Denver Is a Riot

Monday, August 25th, 2008 - by Stephen Green

Vodkapundit reports on the wildlife surrounding the DNC. Latest: How the PJM film crew caused a mini-riot.

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Gen. Petraeus, Remastered

Monday, August 25th, 2008 - by Ed Driscoll

At the risk of incurring the wrath of the boys at South Park, I’ve remastered Austin Bay’s recent interview with General Petraeus, after further cleaning the audio and using a different compression ratio. It still sounds like what it is–a long distance call from Baghdad–but the General’s side of the call should now be a bit more audible.

Tune in here to listen.

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Live from DNC: Obama Says Gays ‘Crucial’ to Democratic Victory

Monday, August 25th, 2008 - by Robert Stacy McCain

The senator congratulated gay activists at today's meeting of the LGBT Caucus at the DNC.

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Live from DNC: It’s Zombietime! (Day 1)

Monday, August 25th, 2008 - by Zombie

See what the "major" protest for "prisoners' rights" turned into on Monday afternoon. Latest: Prisoners' Rights "Recreate 68" Protest ...

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Live from DNC: Stoking the Clinton-Obama Drama

Monday, August 25th, 2008 - by Taylor Marsh

The story of dissent within the Democratic ranks being pushed by the media is utterly overblown.

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Biden and Obama: Bad for Dads

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Gordon Finley, PhD has a piece at Mens News Daily entitled: a href=”http://mensnewsdaily.com/2008/08/24/obamabiden-escalating-the-war-on-fathers-and-families/”Obama/Biden: Escalating the war on fathers and families: /abr /br /blockquoteTragically — but true to the radical feminist agenda — the Obama/Biden Democratic ticket portends an escalating war on boys, men, fathers, and families. On Father’s Day 2008, Sen. Obama could have spoken on any number of topics. His choice was to castigate African-American fathers and blame fathers, and fathers alone, for the ills of the African-American family.br /br /He called upon African-American fathers to be more involved in their children’s lives (certainly a worthwhile call) but he also castigated them for failing to endorse “responsible fatherhood” which essentially means signing up for 18 years of overly highly calculated child support. Economists understand, but Sen. Obama ideologically overlooks, the reality that child support currently is calculated at a level far above what the majority of fathers — including poor and unemployed fathers — actually are capable of paying or that children require (see W. S. Comanor, The law and economics of child support payments, 2004)./blockquotebr /br /Remember, Senator Biden is the guy willing to give ex-wives free attorneys to help in their divorce cases. As I a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2008/05/senator-biden-wants-to-give-your-ex.html”asked in a post here:/a br /br /blockquoteWhy should only women get “free” attorneys basically provided by the government? What about low income men who cannot get custody of their children or men who are falsely accused of domestic violence–where is their free attorney? Isn’t this unfair?/blockquotebr /br /It is obvious that Biden does not have men’s interests at heart. If he is willing to throw aside men’s constitutional rights and due process in order to look chivalrous and get votes from women, what else is he willing to do?

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Live from DNC: ‘Ask Charlie Anything’

Monday, August 25th, 2008 - by Charlie Martin

Colorado native Charlie Martin continues his Denver diary and takes questions from readers. Latest: Charlie serves as Michelle Malkin's impromptu bodyguard...

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Why Biden Is a Lousy Choice

Monday, August 25th, 2008 - by Seth Swirsky

A McCain Republican is relieved it wasn't Hillary.

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Why Biden Is a Good Choice

Monday, August 25th, 2008 - by Taylor Marsh

A Hillary Democrat thinks he's the right pitbull for the job.

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President Assad Wants a Cold War

Monday, August 25th, 2008 - by Meir Javedanfar

Unfortunately, the Syrian leader is likely to be disappointed.

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It’s Convention Time!

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Stay tuned as PJM covers the Democratic Convention with Stephen Green, Charles Martin, Taylor Marsh and guest contributors. And as a special bonus: PJ Media and Little Green Footballs have teamed up to post Zombie outside the DNCC, for the kind of exclusive, slightly bent coverage only an undead creature can provide.

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Remember Shoeless Joe? Now There’s Clueless Joe

Sunday, August 24th, 2008 - by Ron Rosenbaum

Obama's bloviating VP choice could easily ruin it all for him.

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Can Obama Survive the Annenberg Cover-up?

Sunday, August 24th, 2008 - by Clarice Feldman

If voters find out Obama was lying about his past, will it kill his chances in November?

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An Interview with Muslim Brotherhood’s #2, Mohammed Habib

Sunday, August 24th, 2008 - by "Sandmonkey"

The next leader of Egypt's banned extremist Islamic group talks about Barack Obama, CAIR, and why he feels misunderstood.

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Will the Real Senator Biden Please Stand Up?

Sunday, August 24th, 2008 - by Rick Moran

The working class hero Joe described in Obama's Springfield speech isn't the Washington insider we know.

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Chinese Gymnasts Investigated for Cheating? Blame the USA!

Sunday, August 24th, 2008 - by Pam Meister

Why must everything be America's fault?

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Biden: Hit or Miss?

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

PJM’s Xpress bloggers weigh in on Obama’s VP selection.

Victor Davis Hanson: “Biden is back — smile, laugh, or cry?”

Roger L. Simon: “Scenes from a Marriage — The Modern Sequel”

Ron Rosenbaum: “I have to admit I’m in a state of shock.” UPDATE: “Right out of the block, he’s weirding us out like Nixon.”

Roger Kimball: “Should I be nervous? … Obama is not stupid, neither are his handlers.”

Richard Fernandez: “Both Obama and Biden are senators, and neither has held an executive position of any magnitude.”

Richard Miniter: “What do his decades in the Senate tell us about him?”

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Are Teenage Boys Just Stupid?

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

A 15-year-old teen was a href=”http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/aug/22/another-haven-hit/”shot and killed/a at Central High School in Knoxville last Thursday:br /br /blockquoteThe bell rings again this morning at Central High School, a day after the shooting that killed a sophomore, panicked more than a thousand Knox County students and their parents, and left a freshman student charged with murder.br /br /Classes hadn’t begun Thursday morning when a single shot struck 15-year-old Ryan McDonald in the chest as students gathered in the cafeteria just after 8 a.m. Doctors pronounced him dead less than an hour later at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville Police Department Deputy Chief Bill Roehl said.br /Police said the bullet came from a gun in the hand of Jamar B. Siler, a 15-year-old with a troubled past. He faces a charge of first-degree murder./blockquotebr /br /Katie Allison Granju, a blogger at KnoxNews a href=”http://blogs.knoxnews.com/knx/granju/2008/08/teenage-boys-are-stupid-2.html”has a post on the shooting/a with the title, “Teenage boys are stupid” (Hat tip: a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/instapundit/archives2/023267.php”Instapundit/a). Here is what Ms. Granju had to say:br /br /blockquoteBy the time a male is about 16 years old, he has the body of an adult male, an adult male with a brain under assault by a dramatic rush of hormones the likes of which he’ll never again see during any other period of his lifetime. Teenage boys are more impulsive and aggressive than any other group. WItness their penchant for crashing cars, diving headfirst into rock quarries, experimenting with drugs, and deciding to “play chicken” by draping themselves across dark country roads in an attempt to prove something to their similarly stupid peers.They are driven by sexual curiosity to the point of insanity, and they hold a misguided sense of immortality.br /br /Yes, I’m generalizing. Many teenage boys are polite, respectful, accomplished individuals, but those of them who are are pulling this off are doing so by fighting the natural impulses to be idiots that threaten to overtake them every day./blockquotebr /br /Having dealt with numerous violent teens in my career and understanding the complexities that go into the making of a killer, I have to say that I find the sweeping generalization that teen boys are stupid about as helpful as a band-aid on a gunshot wound. What I find interesting is that this boy’s own sister is on the run fora href=”http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/aug/21/accused-shooters-sister-also-wanted-murder-month/” allegedly killing a woman/a and yet, where is the similar story with the headline, “Teenage girls are stupid” by Granju? We don’t know why this particular boy took another teen’s life at this point. But one thing I do know, saying that “boys are stupid” is not the answer to the very complex and emotional problem of teen murder. It is merely a sexist and ineffective response to a very troubling and complicated issue.br /br /You can read more about the complexities of teen murder in my book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615112234?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0615112234″span style=”font-style:italic;”The Scarred Heart : Understanding and Identifying Kids Who Kill/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0615112234″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / at Amazon.com or a href=”http://www.violentkids.com/scarred_heart.html”download it for free here. /a

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The EU’s Weak Response to Russian Aggression

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 - by Mr. Eugenides

The European reaction to events in Georgia has been predictably spineless.

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It’s Biden! The Fun Begins

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

The media and blogosphere is exploding with reaction to the Democratic VP pick: PJM rounds up the best.

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So Much for Change: Obama Picks Joe Biden

Friday, August 22nd, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin

Obama's play-it-safe vice presidential pick is as new and different as a worn-out shoe.

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Duke Accuser is Writing another Story

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Crystal Mangum, the woman who accused the Duke Lacrosse team of rape, will now be a href=”http://lashawnbarber.com/archives/2008/08/22/crystal-mangum-goes-for-grace/”writing her memoirs:/abr /br /blockquoteDisgraced Crystal Mangum, the former stripper and prostitute who accused three Duke University lacrosse players of strangling, beating, and brutally raping her (vaginally, anally, and orally) in a tiny bathroom at a house party back in March 2006, is writing her memoirs. Not an Internet rumor. It’s true!br /br /The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story, scheduled for release on October 1, is Mangum’s sob story of a story. It, like everything else about her, will generate ridicule…unless it contains a big, fat apology to Reade Seligman, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans./blockquotebr /br /The men who were falsely accused of rape had their reputations and lives ruined. Their accuser writes a book and graduates from college with a degree in Criminal Justice. Men deserve better than this.

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