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Jeff Jarvis’ Cowardly Evasions

Sunday, November 30th, 2008 - by Ron Rosenbaum

Pompous, smug and self-congratulatory, he feasts on the dying body of the print profession.

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Will Bush-Bashing End After Obama’s Inauguration?

Sunday, November 30th, 2008 - by Ron Radosh

It's questionable whether history will judge George W. Bush as harshly as his critics today.

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How the GOP Can Take Back the Youth Vote

Sunday, November 30th, 2008 - by Justin Higgins

Conservatism needs to become sexy again.

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PJM Political 11/29/08: At The Intersection Of Hollywood And Politics

Saturday, November 29th, 2008 - by Ed Driscoll

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Join host Steve Green of VodkaPundit.com and three veteran Tinseltown writers, who offer their thoughts on Hollywood and politics in the latest edition of PJM Political:

  • From PJTV’s Friday evening “Poliwood” segment, PJ Media CEO Roger L. Simon debates the changing role of gender in Hollywood with fellow Oscar-nominated screenwriter/producer Lionel Chetwynd (Ike: Countdown To D-Day with Tom Selleck, The Hanoi Hilton).
  • From the National Review post-election Caribbean cruise, PJM Political’s Ed Driscoll interviews Rob Long, former writer and executive producer of the venerated NBC comedy series Cheers, who’s now a regular contributor to PJTV.
  • PJTV co-host Joe Hicks discusses President Elect Barack Obama’s impact on black America with John McWhorter, senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute.
  • And also from the National Review cruise, Ed interviews Jay Nordlinger, senior editor at NR about his recent book, and his thoughts on political correctness and its impact on language.
  • Produced by Ed Driscoll.

If you missed any previous episodes of PJM Political, click here and scroll through for hours of audio archives. And tune in to PJ Media’s PJTV channel for video coverage throughout the week.

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Boy babies die, women hardest hit

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

I was horrified to read at a href=”http://ace.mu.nu/archives/278913.php”Ace of Spades /aabout two villages of women in Papua New Guinea who have killed all male babies to keep them a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1090131/The-villages-mothers-killed-EVERY-baby-born-boy-years.html”from waging war:/abr /br /blockquoteThe Papua New Guinea jungle has given up one of its darkest secrets – the systematic slaughter of every male baby born in two villages to prevent future tribal clashes.br /br /By virtually wiping out the ‘male stock’, tribal women hope they can avoid deadly bow-and-arrow wars between the villages in the future.br /br /’Babies grow into men and men turn into warriors,’ said Rona Luke, a village wife who is attending a special ‘peace and reconciliation’ meeting in the mountain village of Goroka./blockquotebr /br /I agree with the point made ata href=”http://ace.mu.nu/archives/278913.php” Ace’s place:/abr /br /blockquoteThe report sympathetically portrays these women as desperate hut wives who, faced with tribal extinction, are forced to take extreme measures in order to survive. One wonders how sympathetic the writers of this story would be if the men of the tribe killed all of the female babies to prevent them from growing up and committing male infanticide./blockquotebr /br /I doubt they would be sympathetic at all. But the commenters to the emDaily Mail /emarticle that discussed the story certainly had sympathy for these female infant killers. One has to wonder about what kind of twisted morality commenters like the following must possess to a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1090131/The-villages-mothers-killed-EVERY-baby-born-boy-years.html”write the following:/a br /br /blockquoteStop judging these people with Western ethics. The commenters here have no idea how these people live and deal with life. I’ve lived with New Guineans and their minds do not work in the same way as Westerners. Overall they are gentle people and things must have got pretty bad for the womenfolk to kill their own children. In their minds it was the only way to save the village. Save your disgust for the baby killers in this country who should know better.br /br /In any conflict, it’s always the women and children who suffer through no doing of their own. And when everything has been ruined, and the men killed, they have to pick up the pieces and restore everything. They must have really had enough to kill their own children like that.br /br /How horrendous that these women so no other option but to kill there own babies to prevent heartache in the future,its a lose lose situation for them./blockquotebr /br /No sympathy at all for the male infants that died, just for the women who emhad/em to do the killing, how pathetic.

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A Symphony of Blood in Mumbai

Saturday, November 29th, 2008 - by Richard Fernandez

The attacks required a conductor, score sheet, and extensive coordination.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2008

img src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51UmATMcnGL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg” align=rightNow I’e seen everything. a href=”http://barcepundit-english.blogspot.com/2008/11/this-is-perfect-gift-for-himbos-helen.html”Jose at Bracepundit /a let me know about a new gift for men–mantyhose–a male version of pantyhose. This has to be the stupidist idea I have heard in a long time. I agree with the a href=”http://www.stylelist.com/blog/2008/07/28/mantyhose-were-serious/”stylist blog /awhich says:br /br /blockquoteUnless you’re playing Robin Hood or pretending to be Louis XIV (like you do), we think maybe you should pass this trend up in favor of, you know, looking hot. But to each his own, right? Whatever. We don’t care what you do on weekends, we’re just saying it’s not in fashion./blockquotebr /br /There’s even a book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1409238830?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1409238830″Fashion of the 21th Century – Pantyhose for Men /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1409238830″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / that has been put out by the manufacturer of mantyhose.br /br /I hate pantyhose and I’m a woman, how the hell would a man wear them with all that hair on his legs? Wouldn’t that be miserable? Are they trying to turn men into women because women buy more shit? What other reason could there be?

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Gravest Threat to Obamaland: Disillusionment

Saturday, November 29th, 2008 - by Kyle-Anne Shiver

Fur will fly when the messiah's followers suffer the inevitable let-down.

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Russia Tightens Europe’s Energy Noose

Saturday, November 29th, 2008 - by Soeren Kern

Moscow now has its sights set on Spain's largest oil company.

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Who Really Started the Russian-Georgian Conflict?

Friday, November 28th, 2008 - by

Leaks from a report by a group investigating Moscow's aggression add fuel to a controversy.

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Mumbai Massacre an Attack Against America Too

Friday, November 28th, 2008 - by Phyllis Chesler

The fact that the terrorists struck on the eve of Thanksgiving Day shouldn't be overlooked. (Read more from Roger L. Simon.)

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"They’re savages," said shopper Kimberly Cribbs, 27. "It’s sad. It’s terrible."

Friday, November 28th, 2008

If you need another reason not to go near the stores today, a href=”http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2008/11/28/2008-11-28_worker_dies_at_long_island_walmart_after.html”here’s one:/abr /br /blockquoteA worker died after being trampled and a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said.br /br /The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m…..br /br /Before police shut down the store, eager shoppers streamed past emergency crews as they worked furiously to save the store clerk’s life.br /br /”They were working on him, but you could see he was dead, said Halcyon Alexander, 29. “People were still coming through.”br /br /Only a few stopped.br /br /”They’re savages,” said shopper Kimberly Cribbs, 27. “It’s sad. It’s terrible.”br /br //blockquotebr /br /It seems that cities and congested areas breed the type of anonymity that would lead to such a tragedy.br /br /Update: There is a chapter on panic in the book I am reading, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307352897?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0307352897″ span style=”font-style:italic;”The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why./span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0307352897″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / The author says that panic in a crowd is a tragedy, but one of errors, not malice:br /br /blockquoteBut it is one of the more preventable human mistakes in the disaster portfolio. If mass gathering places are designed with physics in mind, than the prerequisites to panic should never develop. People will not feel potentially trapped, helpless, and alone. They will just feel crowded. /blockquotebr /br /The author goes on to point out that the problem lies in the design of the space and the management of the crowd. Communication between the organizers and the crowd is also important. Perhaps more forethought needs to be put in place when stores expect large crowds.

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Holiday boom or holiday bust for retailers?

Friday, November 28th, 2008

I went to my local mall at 5:00 AM this morning. No, I have never done this before but some younger family members insisted on going to the sales and I am the only one up at 4:30 AM and was drafted to drive them. It wasn’t incredibly busy but the people (mainly women) who were going into the stores in groups of two looked highly determined. I was reading this morning that holiday sales are starting early but retailers fear that consumers a href=”http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE4AQ1SK20081127?feedType=RSSfeedName=topNewssp=true”will not buy as much this year:/abr /br /blockquoteExperts predict this could be the worst sales season since the early 1990s as Americans hit by a housing slump and credit crunch make do with fewer holiday gifts.br /br /Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters data have forecast that retail sales at stores open at least a year could fall 2.2 percent for November compared with 4 percent growth last year.br /br /Excluding expectations for growth at discounter Wal-Mart, the expected decline is a more precipitous 6.6 percent./blockquotebr /br /Me, I plan on saving money and my sanity this year by shopping at a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fb%2F%3Fnode%3D384082011tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=ur2camp=1789creative=9325″Black Friday at Amazon. /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=ur2o=1″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / There is no way I am going near a store again this holiday season, I hope, unless I am drafted. I do plan on spending a bit less this year, but not much. How about you, are you buying fewer gifts this year?

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The U.S. Terror Support Network Exposed

Friday, November 28th, 2008 - by Patrick Poole

The Holy Land Foundation trial unveiled the extent of the financing of terrorism among leading American Islamic organizations.

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Mumbai Attacks Highlight the Threat That Is Pakistan

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 - by Bridget Johnson

India's neighbor has chosen to bed with the terrorists. (Also, Claudia Rosett on Today’s Terror in Bombay and Tomorrow’s Iranian Bomb)

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Christmas Shopping in a Time of Recession

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

How do we teach our kids "the real meaning of Christmas" in a world where Wal-Mart shoppers can trample a man to death?

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Happy Thanksgiving in Unhappy Times

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 - by Roger L Simon

Terror rears its ugly head just as we prepare to dig into our turkey dinner.

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PJTV: Ask Dr. Helen: From Himbos to Holiday Stress

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to all! br /br /If you are feeling a bit stressed about the holidays (or just need a laugh), take a bit of time to a href=”http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=videovideo-id=886video-title=Ask_Dr._Helen_-_Nov._26thseries-name=Ask_Dr._Helen”watch my segment on PJTV./a I answer your emails and questions from himbos to the holidays. The first question is from a male reader who wonders if it’s okay to be an “intentional himbo” (pictures included). Then the topic turns to holiday stress including how to deal with politics at the Thanksgiving table and how to cope with gift-giving for the kids post-divorce. a href=”http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=videovideo-id=886video-title=Ask_Dr._Helen_-_Nov._26thseries-name=Ask_Dr._Helen”You can watch the video here /a( free with no registration needed).

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Sanctions? What Sanctions? German-Iranian Trade Booms

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 - by Matthias Küntzel

Banks and businesses blacklisted by the U.S. are embraced by the Germans.

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Giving Thanks — and Homes — to Wounded Vets

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 - by Bob Owens

Volunteers build new houses for military heroes who have sacrificed so much.

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Ten Reasons for Conservatives to Be Thankful

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin

Republicans were the turkeys in 2008, but they still have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. (Also, Victor Davis Hanson on Politically Incorrect Reasons to Be Optimistic on Thanksgiving Day)

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Be an Angel to Those Who Have Bled for Our Freedoms

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 - by C. Blake Powers

This Thanksgiving, help those who have sacrificed so much for our country.

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What Makes Life Worth Living on the Most American of All Holidays

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 - by Rick Moran

Reflections for a day of joyful feasting and family.

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Women Bite Dogs in Iraq

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 - by Michael Ledeen

The remarkable story of 18 females associated with suicide bombings in Iraq ... turning themselves in.

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Deadly Terror Attacks Rock Mumbai

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 - by Phyllis Chesler

Islamic radicals target Westerners in India.

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