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Clinging to My Guns, Salt, and Light Bulbs

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 - by Pam Meister

Nanny staters are on the march, seeking even more control over our lives.

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PJM Political 11/22/08: Don’t Hassle The Huck!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 - by Ed Driscoll

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Being harassed about sexual harassment training

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Professor Alexander McPherson a href=”http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-mcpherson21-2008nov21,0,4090949.story”speaks up on the/a sham of sexual harassment training (via a href=”http://www.reason.com/blog/show/130224.html”Reason/a):br /br /blockquoteFour years ago, the governor signed Assembly Bill 1825 into law, requiring all California employers with more than 50 people to provide sexual harassment training for each of their employees. The University of California raised no objection and submitted to its authority.br /br /But I didn’t. I am a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at UC Irvine, and I have consistently refused, on principle, to participate in the sexual harassment training that the state and my employers seem to think is so important….br /br /I am not normally confrontational, so I sought to find a means to resolve the conflict. I proposed the following: I would take the training if the university would provide me with a brief, written statement absolving me of any suspicion, guilt or complicity regarding sexual harassment. I wanted any possible stigma removed. “Fulfilling this requirement,” said the statement I asked them to approve, “in no way implies, suggests or indicates that the university currently has any reason to believe that Professor McPherson has ever sexually harassed any student or any person under his supervision during his 30-year career with the University of California”….br /br /What’s more, the state, acting through the university, is trying to coerce and bully me into doing something I find repugnant and offensive. I find it offensive not only because of the insinuations it carries and the potential stigma it implies, but also because I am being required to do it for political reasons. The fact is that there is a vocal political/cultural interest group promoting this silliness as part of a politically correct agenda that I don’t particularly agree with./blockquotebr /br /Some of the hard-core commenters at emReason/em say the professor should comply–he signed up to work for the state and is a parasite, says one:br /br /blockquoteHe is the one who chose to work for The State and make a living as a parasite. Work for the state- do what the state tells you./blockquotebr /br /This is ridiculous. The professor did not sign up for this crap 30 years ago when he took the job. Now due to political reasons and feminist dogma, he is supposed to attend training implying that all male professors are guilty of sexual harassment. Sure, women may have to attend the workshop too, but we all know who they’re really talking to. I think the state has more obligation, not less, than private enterprise emnot/em to force workers to participate in politically charged training that they find offensive. Those who push this politically correct agenda should remember that what goes around comes around and they may one day find themselves being forced to do something they do not agree with or risk losing their job. Then, they will have no one to blame but themselves.

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"Men are nothing but props in Hollywood…"

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

So says Oscar nominated filmmaker Lionel Chetwynd in a fascinating conversation with Roger L. Simon on the wimpiness of men in Hollywood on PJTV. “To be a man is to be seen as damaged,” says Chetwynd. I have to agree that Hollywood has done everything it can to feminize men and treat traditional male traits as evil and worthy of humiliation. a href=”http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=videomedia-id=2592video-id=847video-title=Poliwood_with_Lionel_Chetwynd_%26_Roger_L._Simon_Nov._21stseries-name=Poliwood”Watch the show and see what you think. /a

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Must Conservatives Rally Round the Messiah?

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 - by Bernard Chapin

No — because the left's vision of "unity" means surrender in the war of ideas.

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Why Companies Should Be Allowed to Die

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 - by Michael S. Malone

Propping up failing businesses won't help restore the economy.

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Parents of Obese Children Charged with Abuse in Britain

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 - by Frank Furedi

In England, it's not a question of whether the government should intrude in family life, but how and when.

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U.N. Chokes in the Face of Congo Atrocities

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 - by Bridget Johnson

Why are "peacekeepers" doing nothing as Rwanda II threatens to unfold?

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The Winners of PJM’s Election Contest

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Announcing the victor in our very first slam-bang election sweepstakes.

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Al-Qaeda’s Idea of Hope and Change

Friday, November 21st, 2008 - by Mike McNally

Don't expect terrorists to lay down their weapons at the president-elect's feet.

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The underground economy

Friday, November 21st, 2008

I read with interest a href=”http://www.newgeography.com/content/00428-in-ethnic-enclaves-the-us-economy-thrives”an article entitled,/a emIn Ethnic Enclaves, The U.S. Economy Thrives /em(Hat tip: a href=”http://nalert.blogspot.com/2008/11/in-ethnic-enclaves-us-economy-thrives.html”Newsalert/a):br /br /blockquoteDr. Alethea Hsu has a strange-seeming prescription for terrible times: She is opening a new shopping center on Saturday. In addition, more amazingly, the 114,000 square foot Irvine, Calif., retail complex, the third for the Taiwan native’s Diamond Development Group, is just about fully leased.br /br /How can this be in the midst of a consumer crack-up, with credit card defaults and big players like General Growth struggling for their existence? The answer is simple: Hsu’s mostly Asian customers – Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese – still have cash. “These are people who have savings and money to spend,” she explains. “Asians in Orange County are mostly professionals and don’t have the subprime business….”br /br /The center, reconstructed from a failing old mainstream mall purchased in 2005, is now roughly 90% occupied. “We are doing so well that we are expanding the mercado,” Legaspi says, referring to the thriving centers dominated by very small businesses run from attached stalls that are a popular feature of many Latino-themed centers. “It’s all cash economy. They pay their bills with cash. The banks and credit card companies are not involved. It’s true capitalism, and it works.”br /br /Latino shoppers, he suggests, also have been less impacted by the stock market collapse than other consumers. After all, relatively few, particularly immigrants, have large investments on Wall Street. In addition, even if they have lost their jobs, particularly in construction, Legaspi adds, strongthey tend to pick up other employment, even at lower wages, often in the underground economy. “They get paid in cash, and they pay in cash” /strong [my emphasis]. /blockquote br /br /My initial thought about the article was that I like that the “ethnic enclaves” are said to be “true capitalism” that works but when I got to the part about Latino immigrants going into an all cash economy as a result of the “underground economy,” I must say, I was a bit puzzled. Afterall, this would imply that they are paying no taxes–not even payroll taxes–and not filling out income tax forms like the rest of us. Isn’t this illegal, hence the name “underground economy?” They play by one set of rules, the rest of us another? br /br /Mike Huckabee, in a href=”http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=videovideo-id=824video-title=C2.0_What_does_Huckabee_really_think_about_Libertarians_%3F_series-name=1_Pajamas_TV”our interview with him for PJTV /adiscussed how a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060875496?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0060875496″the fair tax/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0060875496″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / would be more fair since those in the underground economy would pay taxes on what they bought. This seems like a good idea to me. I wonder how big the underground economy is? I thought about this the other day after overhearing a conversation at the hair salon. br /br /One of the customers having her hair done was talking about how flush in cash she was because of her new job. “I’m making a lot,” she stated to the hair sylist, “it’s all under the table, of course.” “That’s the best way,” replied the sylist. Is this really fair to the other Americans who pay their fair share of taxes? I don’t think so, do you?

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Hard Left’s Honeymoon with Obama Is Already Over

Friday, November 21st, 2008 - by Daniel Halper

The harshest criticism of the president-elect is no longer coming from Republicans.

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Myth: Government Spending ‘Stimulates’ the Economy

Friday, November 21st, 2008 - by Daniel J. Mitchell

It's just an excuse for politicians to dole out other people's money.

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German Publishing’s Man in the White House

Friday, November 21st, 2008 - by John Rosenthal

Obama's ties to Bertelsmann are a massive conflict of interest yet to be fully disclosed.

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U.N. Secretary-General Marie Antoinette

Friday, November 21st, 2008 - by Claudia Rosett

The financial crisis deepens, children go hungry worldwide — and a single U.N. room gets a $23 million makeover.

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Kathleen Parker and the Oogedy Boogedy Blues

Friday, November 21st, 2008 - by Rick Moran

The only thing scarier than the Christian Right are pundits who believe that they cost the GOP the election.

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Obama’s Rumored Picks Cheer Up GOP

Thursday, November 20th, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin

Leaks regarding Obama's likely choices for top Cabinet spots have Republicans smiling.

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That Giant SUCKUP Sound in Washington

Thursday, November 20th, 2008 - by Tom Blumer

The Seemingly Unlimited Cash Kitty Under Paulson (SUCKUP) is essentially deposing free market capitalism. Where is the outrage? (Also, Roger L. Simon: What Do Al Gore and the Big Auto CEOs Have in Common?)

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A Letter from London to Post-Election America

Thursday, November 20th, 2008 - by Carol Gould

Distance from my homeland has only heightened my awe of the unique American experiment.

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Christians and Gays Behaving Badly

Thursday, November 20th, 2008 - by Elizabeth Scalia

In the wake of Proposition 8, gays need to stop the thuggery and Christians need to cut the condescension.

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Social Security Fraud in the Classroom

Thursday, November 20th, 2008 - by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

A Dallas scandal takes corruption, incompetence, and mismanagement to a new level.

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Obama’s Justice Department: Filling in the Blanks

Thursday, November 20th, 2008 - by Clarice Feldman

The staffing of key positions at Justice will (finally) signal where the president-elect stands.

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PJTV: Interview with Mike Huckabee

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

The Glenn and Helen show a href=”http://www.pjtv.com/;jsessionid=abccV89QDmJWY4GhpR32r?cmd=videovideo-id=824video-title=PJTV_Nov._19th_-_Huckabee%2C_Dr._Helen_%26_Instapunditseries-name=1_Pajamas_TV”comes to PJTV!/a We interviewed governor Mike Huckabee about his new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595230548?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1595230548″emDo the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1595230548″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Huckabee describes those of us who are right-leaning libertarians as “faux-cons” in his book–what does that mean and are we still welcome in the Republican party? I ask him on the show and he answers. Also, Instapundit readers send us their questions for Mr. Huckabee–making our job easy. Huckabee was an excellent guest (he has a lot of practice with his own a href=”http://www.foxnews.com/huckabee/index.html”tv show /a on Fox) and is definitely worth watching. If you haven’t a href=”http://www.pjtv.com/;jsessionid=abccV89QDmJWY4GhpR32r?cmd=videovideo-id=824video-title=PJTV_Nov._19th_-_Huckabee%2C_Dr._Helen_%26_Instapunditseries-name=1_Pajamas_TV”checked out PJTV,/a do so.

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Why Al-Zawahri Would Fail as a Talk Show Host

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 - by Steve Gill

Al-Qaeda's No. 2 may be a heck of a terrorist — but he wouldn't succeed on radio.

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Obama’s One-Stop Shop for Foreign Policy Advisers

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 - by Ed Lasky

Will the president-elect select a group of experts who blame America for the world's problems?

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