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Political Correctness Gone Ape

Thursday, February 26th, 2009 - by Mike McNally

Attention, media! Primates are off limits for four years, lest they be interpreted as racist attacks on the president.

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Could Hollywood Slump Provide Opening for Conservatives?

Thursday, February 26th, 2009 - by Pam Meister

The Depression inspired a wave of patriotic films. History might just repeat itself.

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Is the Kindle 2 a "cultural shift?"

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I recently a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00154JDAI?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B00154JDAI”ordered a Kindle 2/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B00154JDAI” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / for Glenn and have been reading up on the device. I found an a href=”http://finance.yahoo.com/techticker/article/194010/Kindle-2.0:-Finally-an-iPod-for-Books”interesting video and article /aon Yahoo finance about the Kindle that focuses on the wider implications of the Kindle on sales and reading in America. br /br /The interviewer on the video wonders if there will be a cultural shift in how reading is experienced with Kindle readers–but the expert who is on states that the goal of the Kindle is to replicate rather than change the reading experience. It sounds like it is simply a faster and more efficient way to read rather than going out and purchasing books. Kindle 2 has the potential to have an impact on book sales, according to the expert. I also heard on the video that there are only about 500,000 Kindles in existence which can have an impact on book sales as the Kindle purchasers are voracious readers who might trade downloads for actual books. Kindle accounts for only 10% of books in existence but 5% of the public buys 95% of the books. And of those 5%, many are Kindle owners. br /br /I wish the Kindle 2 would show up from Amazon–I am dying to try it out. Did I mention I ordered it for Glenn?

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

John Hawkins a href=”http://rightwingnews.com/mt331/2009/02/rwns_bernard_goldberg_intervie.php”at RWN interviews /aBernard Goldberg about his new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596980907?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1596980907″emA Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1596980907″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /

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Google Piles On Against Microsoft

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 - by Michael S. Malone

Google's decision to join the European Commission's investigation of Microsoft may well backfire.

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Obama Removes the Mask

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

The president's speech to Congress eliminated any doubt about the agenda he is promoting.

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Rendezvous With Scarcity

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Ed Driscoll shows how our economy screeched to a grinding halt in a new "Silicon Graffiti" episode, as PJM welcomes his blog to the PajamasXpress family.

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CBS Tries to Discredit Homegrown Jihad Documentary

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 - by Ryan Mauro

As a network of radical Muslim compounds is exposed in the U.S., CBS News attempts to lull us back to sleep.

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The Danger From Dubai

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 - by Laura Goldman

The United Arab Emirates poses a different threat to Israel than Iran — but can do nearly as much damage.

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Welcome to the Punk Presidency

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 - by Tom Blumer

Robert Gibbs’ attack on CNBC’s Rick Santelli is just the latest example of boorish behavior from Obama and his team.

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Second Amendment Under Fire: Gun Ownership in the Obama Era

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 - by Bob Owens

Legislation introduced in Illinois would require gun owners to buy $1 million in insurance — but no company offers that coverage.

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Bristol Palin Proves It: Abstinence Education Is Unrealistic

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 - by Katherine Berry

Expecting teens to accept that abstinence is the only acceptable choice denies reality.

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Drunkblogging Obama’s Address on the Economy

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - by Stephen Green

The president's speech was "sober" — but Vodkapundit's Stephen Green was loaded.

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"Dude-in-Chief: It just isn’t any of your business."

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Dennis Kneale at CNBC a href=”http://www.cnbc.com/id/29369506″comments on Obama’s speech tonight:/abr /br /br /blockquoteRemember the excited, butterflies-in-the-tummy feeling we had the first time we got to watch the newly elected President Obama address the nation?br /br /One month later a queasy sense of dread emerges whenever he takes the lectern. As our new president prepares to address both houses of Congress at 9 p.m. eastern, the markets and investors brace for his next damaging soundbite.br /br /”Every time the guy speaks, the Dow starts falling,” complains one venture capitalist, Ross Manel of ReStart Group in Addison, Texas.br /br /Bam was the Message Man during his incredible campaign for the presidency, besotting millions with his reassuring call for hope and change. Since taking office he has plied an entirely different—and wrongheaded—message, one of fear and fingerwagging, of crisis-mongering and retribution.br /br /This has been damaging to Citigroup, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and their ilk. We need these firms to help us find our way out of this financial abyss, yet the President decries a compensation system he doesn’t understand. He carps at Merrill Lynch’s now-ousted chief, John Thain, for spending the equivalent of ten minutes of revenue to redecorate his office.br /br /Dude-in-Chief: It just isn’t any of your business./blockquotebr /br /I’m not sure that this Kneale guy was listening carefully enough when “the Message Man” was running his campaign. I heard the fear and fingerwagging then too. It wasn’t like Obama was tryng to hide his message of retribution and crisis mongering then. It’s just that no one wanted to hear it; they were too busy trying to get the first African American President in office to “make history.” Nothing else mattered.

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Duking It Out on Air America

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - by Roger L Simon

The interview from my latest round of book promotion that I won't soon forget.

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Why the U.S. Must Leave and Condemn Durban II

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - by Ron Radosh

President Obama should be leading the fight against racism. He's not.

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Do social websites harm children’s brains?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Some experts think so. According a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1153583/Social-websites-harm-childrens-brains-Chilling-warning-parents-neuroscientist.html”to the emDaily Mail/em:/abr /br /blockquoteSocial networking websites are causing alarming changes in the brains of young users, an eminent scientist has warned.br /br /Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Bebo are said to shorten attention spans, encourage instant gratification and make young people more self-centred. br /br /The claims from neuroscientist Susan Greenfield will make disturbing reading for the millions whose social lives depend on logging on to their favourite websites each day…br /br /’My fear is that these technologies are infantilising the brain into the state of small children who are attracted by buzzing noises and bright lights, who have a small attention span and who live for the moment…’br /br /Sue Palmer, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0752880918?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0752880918″emToxic Childhood: How the Modern World is Damaging Our Children and What We Can Do About It,/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0752880918″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / said: ‘We are seeing children’s brain development damaged because they don’t engage in the activity they have engaged in for millennia. br /br /’I'm not against technology and computers. But before they start social networking, they need to learn to make real relationships with people.’ /blockquotebr /br /What do you think, is MySpace and Facebook harming kid’s brains?

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Geert Wilders Comes to America to Warn Us

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - by Phyllis Chesler

"While there might be moderate Muslims, there is no such thing as moderate Islam." The fighting words Britain couldn't handle.

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‘Fo Shizzle!’ GOP Goes Hip-Hop

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - by Jazz Shaw

Is tapping into the urban youth culture, as new GOP chairman Michael Steele suggests, one of the keys to a Republican revival?

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Jihadist Recruitment Techniques Are Changing

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - by Patrick Poole

New terrorism trends prompt a dramatic shift in British government policy.

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One Way or the Other, Uncle Sam Will Bail Out Mortgages

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

Everyone predicts imminent catastrophe if his plan for the mortgage crisis isn’t followed. Here's the sorry truth.

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The Way Ahead: Placing Health-Care Options in the Hands of Private Companies

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - by James Capretta

Companies like Wal-Mart and Toyota are loosening the rules for employee health-care enrollment and offering insurance options that workers find attractive.

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Eric Holder Should Be Careful of What He Wishes For

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

The attorney general said Americans were "cowards" for not talking about race. Perhaps he wouldn't like the kind of conversation that would ensue.

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The Disconnected Mind of Bill Moyers

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - by B. Daniel Blatt

The liberal PBS host ranted against Bush-era invasions of privacy but gives himself a pass for his own gay witch hunts under LBJ.

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Is Obama really America’s new shrink?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Shrinkedwrapped a href=”http://shrinkwrapped.blogs.com/blog/2009/02/therapy-paradigms-and-therapeutic-change.html”discusses some issues /a he has with a emNewsweek/em article about Obama entitled, a href=”http://www.newsweek.com/id/185800/output/print”"America’s New Shrink:”/abr /blockquoteTalk (thought) and action are decoupled. We need to trust him as he tells us how to behave without offering us any chance to look within the details of the package we are supposed to embrace. Many people who are in trouble are eager to surrender their autonomy and be bailed out. For them, Obama may well be an adequate therapist. However, for the most productive members of society, people who did not succeed in life by surrendering their autonomy to others, such “therapy” is more than a little insulting./blockquotebr /br /If Obama is America’s “new shrink,” you would think he would know that.br /br /Update: Neo-Neocon a href=”http://neoneocon.com/2009/02/23/jonathan-alter-on-obama-americans-shrink-fdr/”has more on the emNewsweek/em article./a

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