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Join a Freedom Brigade Near You

Monday, May 25th, 2009 - by Roger Kimball

What we need now are additional recruits to the cause of prosperity of the United States and the freedoms of its citizens.

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Older workers ‘going Galt’ by retiring early?

Monday, May 25th, 2009

It seems that a href=”http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-retirement24-2009may24,0,885521.story”many older workers are retiring early/a rather than staying on the job (thanks br549):br /br /blockquoteReporting from Washington– Instead of seeing older workers staying on the job longer as the economy has worsened, the Social Security system is reporting a major surge in early retirement claims that could have implications for the financial security of millions of baby boomers.br /br /Since the current federal fiscal year began Oct. 1, claims have been running 25% ahead of last year, compared with the 15% increase that had been projected as the post-World War II generation reaches eligibility for early retirement, according to Stephen C. Goss, chief actuary for the Social Security Administration….br /br /The ramifications of the trend are profound for the new retirees, their families, the government and other social institutions that may be called upon to help support them./blockquotebr /br /Though the article points out that early retirement has its drawbacks (naturally, the concern is for women–who may have to learn to live on less if hubby gets lower benefits) my guess is that anyone close to early retirement figures it’s now or never, given the possibility that Social Security benefits will be cut down or dry up in the near future. br /br /Also, instead of paying income tax from their job, these older workers will now be sucking off the government tit (though to be fair, many put in more money than they will ever get back). It’s even better than a href=”http://www.drhelen.blogspot.com/2008/10/going-john-galt.html”going Galt/a, it’s becoming a moocher instead of a producer. Now that producers are punished and moochers rewarded, I can see the appeal.

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Small-Town Heroes from the Heartland

Monday, May 25th, 2009 - by Rick Moran

It's no accident that so many of our Medal of Honor winners hail from small towns with place names that no one can recognize.

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If the Terrorists Misinterpret Islam …

Monday, May 25th, 2009 - by David Steinberg

You'd be hard-pressed to find a left-leaning group of voters who know much about the contents of the Koran.

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Lost Heroes of the War on Terror: Gallant Deeds and Untold Tales

Monday, May 25th, 2009 - by Jeff Emanuel

Our culture immortalizes show-biz celebrities — shouldn't we know the names and hear the stories of our nation's true heroes?

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Let America Be America Again

Monday, May 25th, 2009 - by David Solway

President Obama wants to remake the country in his image; we cannot allow him to succeed.

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Thank You, Thank You, Cowardly Commenters!

Sunday, May 24th, 2009 - by Ron Rosenbaum

Thanks for validating my thesis that anonymity is what turns web commenting from free expression into a digital lynch mob.

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And the Purpose of Gun Buybacks Is … What?

Sunday, May 24th, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Los Angeles becomes the latest to disarm its law-abiding citizens and gloat about it.

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Obama’s Praiseworthy Notre Dame Address

Sunday, May 24th, 2009 - by Jim Kearney

The president taught us a valuable lesson about civil discourse at his commencement address in South Bend.

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Pelosi’s Lies Roil Dem Establishment

Sunday, May 24th, 2009 - by James Lewis

They're at each other's throats as the narrative used for the last eight years falls apart.

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Obama vs. Cheney: And the Winner Is …

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 - by Ron Radosh

Is the president actually waging an effective war on terror?

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Do test-prep courses improve SAT scores?

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Barely–a href=”http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124278685697537839.html”according to this WSJ article:/abr /br /blockquoteFamilies can spend thousands of dollars on coaching to help college-bound students boost their SAT scores. But a new report finds that these test-preparation courses aren’t as beneficial as consumers are led to believe.br /br /The report, to be released Wednesday by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, criticizes common test-prep-industry marketing practices, including promises of big score gains with no hard data to back up such claims. The report also finds fault with the frequent use of mock SAT tests because they can be devised to inflate score gains when students take the actual SAT. The association represents 11,000 college admissions officers, high-school guidance counselors and private advisors./blockquotebr /br /I remember taking one of these courses prior to taking the ACT and it really seemed to improve my score. The class really taught me how to take a multiple choice test and understand how to give answers that the test makers wanted, rather than what I thought the right answer should be. It went against my intuition, but seemed to work. However, when I took the GRE prior to my PhD, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%2F%3Fie%3DUTF8%26keywords%3Dgre%2Bbook%26tag%3Dgooghydr-20%26index%3Daps%26hvadid%3D3027521901%26ref%3Dpd%5Fsl%5F1cgfo8vw0z%5Fetag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=ur2camp=1789creative=9325″I used a GRE prep book/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;” / and skipped the class. I think that was a mistake. So, for some people, the classes may really work and for others, not so much. br /br /Anyone else out there take one of these classes or have kids or grand kids who did and find them useful or not?

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PJM Political: From the Rise of Progressivism to the Fall of the Governator

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

This week's show is a 55-minute time machine that traverses from H.G. Wells' early 20th century role as liberalism's godfather, to Gov. Schwarzenegger's budget debacle this past Tuesday — and more!

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PJM Political 05/23/09: From The Rise Of Progressivism To The Fall Of The Governator

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Tune in each Saturday to Sirus-XM’s POTUS channel (#110 on Sirius, #130 on XM) at (all times eastern) 6:00 am, 12:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and Sunday at midnight (also eastern time zone) for the weekly edition of PJ Media’s PJM Political!

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Join host Steve Green of VodkaPundit.com for a snapshot of Washington — and beyond:

Ed Driscoll’s interview with Jim Geraghty was edited for time; the complete version can be heard here. If you missed any recent edition of PJM Political, click here and scroll through for hours of audio archives. And tune in to PJ Media’s PJTV.com channel for video coverage throughout the week.

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Jim Geraghty On The Governator’s Last Stand

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

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An extended version of Ed Driscoll’s interview with Jim Geraghty of National Review.com’s The Campaign Spot on California’s special election. Topics discussed include:

If you missed any recent edition of PJM Political, click here and scroll through for hours of audio archives. And tune in to PJ Media’s PJTV.com channel for video coverage throughout the week, including Allen Barton’s interview with Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute for his take on the CA special election.

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Roosting Chickens Plague Obama

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

Bad news on unemployment and a squishy national security speech reveal an administration totally on the defensive.

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The Future Arrived Yesterday

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 - by Michael S. Malone

The rise of the protean corporation and what it means for you.

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Following the Pork Trail of British Politicos

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 - by Andrew Ian Dodge

Americans aren't the only ones concerned with how their government is spending their hard-earned tax dollars.

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Euroamericans? Is That What We Aspire To?

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 - by Victor Davis Hanson

I hope that smart cars and motorbikes are not the envisioned future of the United States.

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Keep Guantanamo Open, Mr. President

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 - by Rep. Louie Gohmert

How does the closure of Gitmo make Americans safer? It doesn't.

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"…is it always wrong to make decisions based on fear?"

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

David Harsanyi: a href=”http://www.denverpost.com/harsanyi/ci_12424236″Fear: Our national pastime: /abr /br /blockquoteIn a speech defending his detainee plan this week, President Barack Obama brandished his now-famous Spock-like wisdom by claiming that “Our government made decisions based upon fear rather than foresight” after 9/11.br /br /Whether you agree with the president’s account of the nation’s post- 9/11 policy, you might still ask yourself two questions:br /br /First off, is it always wrong to make decisions based on fear?br /br /Having been in New York on 9/11, I would contend that fear was not only a logical reaction to what was happening but also an unavoidable one. As John Podhoretz of Commentary magazine recently noted, “Fear was an entirely responsible response to September 11. Indeed, it was, in some ways, the only responsible response.” br /br /….Fear, as philosopher Hannah Arendt observed, “is an emotion indispensable for survival.” /blockquotebr /br /a href=”http://www.denverpost.com/harsanyi/ci_12424236″Read the rest./a

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Cheney and Obama: the Great Evasion

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 - by Michael Ledeen

The refusal of both men to acknowledge the Iranian evil prevents us from evaluating their current spat over "torture." (Also see PJTV: The Obama-Cheney Smackdown: Interpreting the results)

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Orwell Cometh: A Look Inside the Surveillance Society

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 - by Bernard Chapin

From security cameras to DNA databases, Big Brother is watching you.

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Court Says Bureaucrats, Not Doctors, Decide What Is ‘Medically Necessary’

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 - by Jeff Emanuel

A ruling by the 11th Circuit could be a sign of things to come in Obama's America.

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Minneapolis Imam Decries ‘the Hell of Living in America’

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 - by Patrick Poole

Hassan Mahmoud was already under fire for defense of suicide bombings and the airport alcohol fatwa.

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