» 2008 » September

Who Is Wiser, Barack Obama or Sarah Palin?

Saturday, September 20th, 2008 - by Victor Davis Hanson

That all depends, of course, on your definition of wisdom.

Read bullet | Comments »

A Modest Proposal for Training Future Presidents

Saturday, September 20th, 2008 - by Frank J. Fleming

Let's think outside the box when it comes to choosing a leader, shall we?

Read bullet | Comments »

Obama and Desperation: A Wall Street Analogy

Saturday, September 20th, 2008 - by Roger Kimball

What happened to Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers might now be happening to the Obama campaign.

Read bullet | Comments »

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Presidential Race

Saturday, September 20th, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin

We've seen it all and the race is essentially tied. What's next?

Read bullet | Comments »

Surviving Hurricane Ike

Saturday, September 20th, 2008 - by Melissa Clouthier

When disaster strikes — even in modern America — the refugee experience gets primal pretty quickly.

Read bullet | Comments »

Film Critics Shut Their Eyes to Terrorism

Saturday, September 20th, 2008 - by Christian Toto

As their response to Traitor demonstrates, they want your eyes to be shut as well.

Read bullet | Comments »

Solidarity on Standing Up To Iran? Not in the Obama Camp

Friday, September 19th, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin

A bi-partisan rally against Ahmedinejad's arrival in NY falls victim to politics.

Read bullet | Comments »

Justice Department vs. Republicans

Friday, September 19th, 2008 - by Anonymous

Partisan career lawyers twist civil rights statutes to suppress perfectly legal political activity.

Read bullet | Comments »

Palin Email Hacker Suspect: A Democratic Legislator’s Kid

Friday, September 19th, 2008 - by Richard Miniter

Now who thinks politicians should be able to control their offspring's behavior?

Read bullet | Comments »

Obama’s Trickle-Up Economics

Friday, September 19th, 2008 - by Patrick Poole

Democrats promise to make their tax increases rain only on the rich. Can they?

Read bullet | Comments »

The Aussie View of Sarah Palin

Friday, September 19th, 2008 - by Arthur Chrenkoff

To those who live Down Under, Palin is Middle America incarnate — for better and for worse.

Read bullet | Comments »

Palin ‘Disinvited’ from Iran Rally

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 - by Phyllis Chesler

Organizers bar all politicians after Hillary Clinton refuses to share stage with McCain's running mate.

Read bullet | Comments »

Does McCain Really Think Spain Is in Latin America?

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 - by Soeren Kern

Left-wing blogs would like you to think so.

Read bullet | Comments »

Palin E-Mail Hacking Brings Campaign to a New Low

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 - by Rick Moran

Politics continues its race to the bottom.

Read bullet | Comments »

The Creative Personality

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

I recently saw a link to this a href=”http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/index.php?term=pto-19960701-000033print=1″ span style=”font-style:italic;”Psychology Today/span article/a on the creative personality at a href=”http://www.conservativegrapevine.com/”Conservative Grapevine/a and thought I would share it with you (it is several years old but still worth a read). Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of such books as a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060928204?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0060928204″ span style=”font-style:italic;”Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention,/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0060928204″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / summarizes the ten points of the creative personality. You can read the article to see all ten but here are a few of the highlights that caught my eye:br /br /blockquoteCreative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest. They work long hours, with great concentration, while projecting an aura of freshness and enthusiasm. This suggests a superior physical endowment, a genetic advantage. Yet it is surprising how often individuals who in their seventies and eighties exude energy and health remember childhoods plagued by illness. It seems that their energy is internally generated, due more to their focused minds than to the superiority of their genes….br /br /The earliest longitudinal study of superior mental abilities, initiated at Stanford University by the psychologist Lewis Terman in 1921, shows rather conclusively that children with very high IQs do well in life, but after a certain point IQ does not seem to be correlated any longer with superior performance in real life. Later studies suggest that the cutoff point is around 120; it might be difficult to do creative work with a lower IQ, but an IQ beyond 120 does not necessarily imply higher creativity….br /br /Creative people are humble and proud at the same time. It is remarkable to meet a famous person who you expect to be arrogant or supercilious, only to encounter self-deprecation and shyness instead….br /br /Creative people are both rebellious and conservative. It is impossible to be creative without having first internalized an area of culture. So it’s difficult to see how a person can be creative without being both traditional and conservative and at the same time rebellious and iconoclastic./blockquotebr /br /I have conducted thousands of IQ tests in my career and I must say that IQ is overrated. I have seen lawyers with 105 IQs who are performing well at their jobs and seem to be creative and others who scored over 140 who are unemployed and talking about what geniuses they are. It seems like the more a person talks about how smart and bright they are, the less creative and really productive they really are. Have you noticed that?

Read bullet | Comments »

PJM Political 9/17/08: Sex, Lies, and Mucinex

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 - by Ed Driscoll

Tune in each Wednesday to XM Channel #130, POTUS ’08 at 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific for PJ Media’s weekly PJM Political show! (And at 12:00 AM Eastern Friday/9:00 PM Pacific Thursday for a rebroadcast.) If you missed this week’s show, click below to listen:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

(Want to download instead of streaming? Click here to download this week’s show. Or click here to download the lo-fi edition.)

Fighting a cold and armed with plenty of Mucinex and DayQuil, host Steve Green explores the state of the presidential race. Join his guests:

  • Jennifer Rubin, PJ Media’s DC Editor, on Charlie Gibson’s interview with Sarah Palin; and her thoughts on Jill Greenberg, the freelance photographer who shot the cover for the Atlantic’s John McCain interview, then risked a lawsuit from the Atlantic after her comments on the Internet exposed herself as Patient Zero for the burgeoning new condition, McCain Derangement Syndrome.
  • Pajamas CEO Roger L. Simon’s interview with John Ziegler, the producer of the new documentary, Blocking “The Path to 9/11”, and Bill and Hillary Clinton’s role in this ABC ratings smash not being released on DVD.
  • James Lileks on Palinphobic Hollywood.
  • Glenn Reynolds and Dr. Helen Smith of InstaPundit.com, and their interview with Massachusetts tax reduction activist Carla Howell.
  • Steve himself explores the candidates and Wall Street’s financial woes before the show heads for the Delta Quadrant and concludes with a conversational Jeri Ryan cameo!
  • Produced by Ed Driscoll; sponsorship requested from Bristol-Meyers.

Roger’s interview John Ziegler can also be seen on Pajamas’ new PJTV channel.  If you missed any previous episodes of PJM Political, click here and scroll through for hours of audio archives.

Read bullet | Comments »

Very Different Economic Times in Red vs. Blue States

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 - by Tom Blumer

If there is to be a recession, it will be blue-state thinking that brought it on.

Read bullet | Comments »

Hey Obama, How’s That ‘Judgment to Lead’ Meme Going?

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 - by Pam Meister

Another of his claims to the presidency evaporates before our eyes.

Read bullet | Comments »

Palin and Pelosi: Worlds Apart in House-Cleaning Methodology

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 - by Kyle-Anne Shiver

Each attained power by promising to clean up government. One actually did it.

Read bullet | Comments »

Britain’s Jihad Industry Exposed

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 - by Mike McNally

Saudi Arabia trains extremist clerics to preach hate and violence in British mosques.

Read bullet | Comments »

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

a href=”http://neoneocon.com/2008/09/17/first-interview-with-the-unflappable-first-dude/”Neo-Neocon has a crush./a

Read bullet | Comments »

Pontius Palin and Messiah Obama

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 - by Timothy Furnish

"Jesus was a community organizer; Pilate was a governor" is ahistorical and just plain dumb.

Read bullet | Comments »

Are Obama’s positions those of most Americans?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

I was flipping through a new book on Obama entitled a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1935071025?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1935071025″span style=”font-style:italic;”The Audacity of Deceit: Barack Obama’s War on American Values,/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1935071025″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and read an interesting chapter entitled, “The Barack Obama Test.” br /br /The author used questions gathered from The Associated Television News/Zogby America poll of 1005 voters to find out if people agreed or disagreed with the positions of Obama. Some questions were posed to all Americans and other questions were posed to the 70% of Americans who paid taxes and then to the 30% who do not pay taxes (isn’t it amazing that almost 30% of Americans do not pay federal taxes! Personally, I think that if we have a federal tax, then all Americans should be required to pay taxes of some sort–but that’s a whole other topic). br /br /Here are a few examples of questions that were asked: “Should a doctor give medical care to a fetus that survives an abortion, or should medical care not be given?” Obama’s position (according to the book) is that care emshould not /embe given; only 17.7%of Americans agreed. A full 67.8% believed that medical care emshould /embe given and 14.5 % are not sure. br /br /On a Second Amendment question, “Would you favor or oppose a law that banned the sale of handguns?” 36% of Americans agree with Obama and would favor such a law but 59% of Americans opposed it and 5% aren’t sure.br /br /Let’s turn to taxes. “How much should Americans who earn $1 million per year pay in federal income taxes?” 50.1 % of those who span style=”font-style:italic;”paid /spantaxes said that Americans who earn that much should pay 35% or less and 52.3% of those who span style=”font-style:italic;”do not pay taxes/span thought that 35% or less was fair. Not bad–almost even–but Obama’s position (again, according to the book, his positions seem to be changing) is that the taxpayer should pay 35% or more and only 33.2% of all Americans agree with him, 33.1% of taxpayers and 33.4% of those who do not pay. br /br /Healthcare is another area where most Americans have a different take than Obama, unless they pay no federal taxes. The question posed was, “Do you agree or disagree with Barack Obama’s $65 billion dollar plan to institute taxpayer-funded universal health coverage, which would provide health insurance for those currently uninsured, including illegal immigrants?” 31% of those who paid taxes agreed with the plan and 65.1% disagreed, with 3.9% unsure. Those who did not pay taxes were split with 46.5% agreeing with such a plan and 45.5% disagreeing; 8% were unsure. br /br /The author correctly points out that many Americans who say they are for the change that Obama has in mind have different positions than those taken by Obama but don’t seem to realize it. Maybe after reading this book, they will.

Read bullet | Comments »

Wall Street Blues Hit the Presidential Race

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 - by Stephen Green

Who is to blame and what will our next leader do? (Also, Roger L. Simon: CEO or President?)

Read bullet | Comments »

Many Gays Have No Problem with Palin

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 - by B. Daniel Blatt

Despite their questions, gays and lesbians from both parties find much to like in the Alaska governor.

Read bullet | Comments »