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Mr. President: Turn Back While There’s Still Time

Friday, February 20th, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

Barack Obama's government-centric economic policies are causing rampant fear on Wall Street and Main Street.

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Misconstruing Miss Coulter

Friday, February 20th, 2009 - by Andrew Klavan

There's more good, honest material in a paragraph of Ann Coulter's work than in any entire edition of the New York Times. (Also, read Andrew Klavan's first post at his new PajamasXpress blog, Klavan on the Culture.)

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"The more irresponsibly you behave, the more government works for you."

Friday, February 20th, 2009

I have to agree with David Harsanyi who said this a href=”http://www.denverpost.com/harsanyi/ci_11743921″in his column today /ain the emDenver Post/em. He also makes some other good points:br /br /blockquoteWho knew that playing by the rules comes with a government warranty? After all, I may play by the rules and engage in bizarrely self-destructive behavior. You may not. You may have played by the rules — invested in the stock market, a home, a business, a career — and found yourself stuck with a financial dud. br /br /As every 2-year-old knows, consequences are the incentive to avoid risky behavior. So why are we rewarding failure and abolishing consequences? Many of the homeowners who government is bailing out took unnecessarily chancy loans that helped fuel the financial jam we’re in. /blockquotebr /br /My question is, what do we tell our kids about how to get ahead in this new economy? I don’t think telling our kids to scrimp, save and work hard only to turn their earnings over to others is prudent at this point. We have to teach our kids how to make it in the new system of rewards for failure and penalties for success. Or maybe just explain that success is failure now, that up is down, that wrong is right. That seems to be the prevailing “wisdom” with our new government overlords.

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Skype Users Beware: Big Brother May Be Listening

Friday, February 20th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Has the National Security Agency already cracked the program that terrorists consider safe?

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An Open Letter to President Obama on Appeasing Iran

Friday, February 20th, 2009 - by 'Reza Kahlili'

A nuclear-armed Iran under the mullahs is near. Failure to comprehend their intentions will have grave consequences.

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Travelers from Muslim Countries Still Jumping U.S. Borders

Friday, February 20th, 2009 - by Todd Bensman

Obama should consider them when he finally turns to the question of immigration.

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And Now … A Newspaper Bailout !?

Friday, February 20th, 2009 - by Laura Goldman

The Philadelphia Inquirer is asking the governor for $10 million. And they're not the only ones with their hands out.

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Will Roland Burris Resign?

Friday, February 20th, 2009 - by Rick Moran

With his support crumbling, Burris grimly hangs on to the Senate seat he so desperately wanted.

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We Are All Cowards Now

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - by Michael Ledeen

Why I'm so offended by Attorney General Eric Holder's recent remarks on race.

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Thursday, February 19th, 2009

a href=”http://www.cnbc.com/id/29283701″Would you join CNBC’s Rick Santelli’s “Chicago Tea Party?”/a Hell, yes! Would you?

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The Dismissal of Joel Kovel: Sanity in Academia

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - by Ron Radosh

At last Bard’s students will not have to suffer the shibboleths Kovel offered as part of a supposedly solid academic curriculum.

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Economic Chaos Update: Will There Be a ‘Chicago Tea Party’?

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - by Roger L Simon

A lot of people are already fed up with Obama's astoundingly ad hoc economic plans.

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"The spending bill he just passed is just progressing the Democratic agenda rather than addressing the economic issues in the country."

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Just when I was starting to think the youth of this country were pretty much brainwashed by the media, I a href=”http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/135656″read this article /a(via Drudge) on the Dobson high school advanced placement students who listened to Obama speak at their school and realized that there is hope:br /br /blockquoteThe students in the class were hopeful things will work out but questioned whether Obama’s plan would actually work to dig the country out of its economic woes. They also expected a longer speech.br /br /Senior Syna Daudfar took some notes during the speech and was among the most vocally opposed to Obama’s words.br /br /At one point, when he talked about the costs of his stimulus plan, senior Maaike Albach and Daudfar looked at each other and said, “uh-oh.”br /br /”Overall I think it’s a good idea, but he’s not addressing the issues of the economic crisis,” said Daudfar, a John McCain supporter who added he leans more toward being a moderate conservative. “The spending bill he just passed is just progressing the Democratic agenda rather than addressing the economic issues in the country.”br /br /Daudfar thinks Obama’s plan is backward and deals with the “less important stuff” first. “Bailing out businesses” and “providing better regulatory systems for giving out money to businesses” should have been first, he said.br /br /”If businesses can’t afford to hire people, then people won’t be able to work and pay off their mortgages,” he said. “It’s kind of like putting money into a funnel.”br /br /Albach, who is also a Republican, said Obama’s plan sounds good but questioned how Obama can want to rely on “people’s responsibility” when that is “what got us in this economic crisis in the first place.”br /br /”This puts us more into debt,” said Albach, 18. “It’s a horrible situation we’re in.”br /br /Senior Brandon Miller wore a shirt with the words, “Hitler gave great speeches, too” above a picture of Obama./blockquotebr /br /The advanced placement students may be smarter than average but it does show that many young people in this country can see through Obama’s rhetoric.

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‘Sharia Creep’ Gets Up and Starts Walking

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - by Roger Kimball

Dow Jones celebrates ten years of its Islamic Market Indexes, but I'm feeling less than festive.

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Climbing the ladder and then pulling it up

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

John Hawkins a href=”http://rightwingnews.com/mt331/2009/02/rwns_walter_williams_interview.php”interviews/a economics Professor Walter Williams on his new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0817949127?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0817949127″emLiberty versus the Tyranny of Socialism: Controversial Essays/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0817949127″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / One point of Williams I found poignant:br /br /blockquote…There is so much demagoguery against the rich and in that column I was asking the reader: Bill Gates, the richest person on the face of the earth — what can Bill Gates make you do? That is, during the 70s and 80s, the era of busing, could he have made you send your kid to a school that you did not want him to go to? Can Bill Gates deny you the right to dig holes on your property or put up a little shed on your property? He cannot do any of those things, but a lowly town clerk can…destroy your life just by denying you a permit to add an addition to your house. Bill Gates can’t stop you from doing that. I think that politicians and those that want to control our lives get us to focus away from the power that government has over our lives and cast our attention to rich people. /blockquotebr /br /It seems to me that Bill Gates has played right into the hand of the politicians dissing rich people. He has a href=”http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YzMyNDA1MWQyMWMwOTQ3YTk4NDM1ZDNlZWU0MTlkMWU=#more”publicly criticized /athe very capitalism that helped him get where he is now so that others may not benefit, like he did. He climbed the ladder and now wants to pull it up behind him. Have you noticed how many people who become billionaires do that?

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Obama Is (Supreme) Courting Disaster

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - by Ezra Greenberg

An ideologically liberal Supreme Court would wrest all social issues from the voting public and hand them to the elite.

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The ‘Liberaltarianist’ Folly

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - by Stephen Green

Like it or not, libertarian interests are still best served by the Republican Party.

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Racism and Hate Rear Ugly Heads in Britain

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - by Carol Gould

From Thatcher's daughter using racial slurs to a Foreign Office bigwig cursing Jews, it's been another bad month.

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Obama’s Auto Industry Repair Dream Team

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - by Brian Douglas

What if the president hired people like Jay Leno to oversee reforming Detroit instead of beltway bureaucrats?

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Waltz with Bashir : Euro-Funding Backs Israeli ‘Anti-War’ Film

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - by John Rosenthal

By accusing Jews of complicity in “Nazi-like” crimes, Ari Folman’s film releases Germans from the heavy burden of their past.

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Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

What lies behind the furor surrounding Facebook's ever-changing terms of service.

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The Chimp Cartoon: When Race Becomes Monkey Business

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 - by Bob Owens

Did the New York Post really link President Obama to a chimpanzee?

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PJTV: Your Reader Emails

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Amy Alkon and I answer your reader emails in our segment today for PJTV. Questions include: what do you do if a woman tries to “scam” you for money?, advice on overreacting if an ex-husband hangs around your girlfriend, and how can men express themselves without sounding like a wimp? br /br /a href=”http://www.pjtv.com/;jsessionid=abcY9LWi-aVG_a-CV7k_r?cmd=videovideo-id=1386video-title=Dr_Helen_%26_Amy_Alkon%2C_The_Advice_Goddess%2C_Answer_Viewers%27_Questionsseries-name=Ask_Dr_Helen”You can watch here (free with no registration). /a

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"Conversation is second only to sex, a lot less hassle, and it really matters."

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

So says author Catherine Blyth in her new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1592404197?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1592404197″emThe Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1592404197″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / I spent the morning reading this cute little book and came away with some interesting information about why modern life is bad for conversation. Despite saying she doesn’t hate technology, the author doesn’t seem happy with it, stating:br /br /blockquoteCompared to face-to-face, Internet communication is two dimensional….As distractions multiply, fewer receive our full attention, and nuances are neglected. We don’t look at the man selling us coffee, never mind shoot the breeze; we’re too busy fiddling with our iPod. I’ve witnessed wedding guests with more qualifications than they have chromosomes text-messaging during the vows. br /br /Developments, yes, but progress? …The nuances are no less valuable to us than they were to our forefathers, nor are the joys. Abandon them, and we miss out. /blockquotebr /br /In some ways, I agree–that to miss out on intimate conversations with actual people is not a good thing and can lead to feelings of isolation and despair for some. But small talk is not for everyone and sometimes it can lead an introvert to feel uneasy, bored or just alienated. However, Blyth says it’s important to overcome shyness and gives tips such “the more engaged we are, the less nervous we feel” to those of us with little aptitude for small talk. br /br /Overall, the book is quite good at teaching how to engage in good conversation–from a romantic talk with a partner (in a chapter on pillow talk) to how to wage a word war with those who insult you. It’s a good read.

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And the Greatest President of All Time Is …

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 - by Jazz Shaw

C-Span's latest ranking of American presidents featured some surprises as well as some travesties.

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