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Obama’s Hate Crime Double Standard

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 - by Eric Eversole

There is no place for exceptions based on friendship or politics when it comes to fighting hate.

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PJTV’S Weekend Update with Bill Whittle

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Watch Bill Whittle on the Michael Jackson effect here and PJTV’s coverage of the uprising in Iran here. Much more at PJTV.

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A Frenzy of Honor Killings

Saturday, June 27th, 2009 - by Phyllis Chesler

The blood of Muslim women continues to cry out.

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Saturday, June 27th, 2009

a href=”http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-12866-Domestic-Violence-Examiner~y2009m6d27-Farrah-Fawcetts-Burning-Bed-legacy”Trudy Schuett in the DC Examiner:/a Farrah Fawcett’s Burning Bed Legacy.

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PJM Political: I Can’t Believe I’m Sitting Next To A Republican!

Saturday, June 27th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Join Steve Green, the Vodkapundit, for a look at Iran, Mark Sanford's "adventures", an interview with Harry Stein (whose new book bears the above title), and more!

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All Michael Jackson, All the Time

Saturday, June 27th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

Why so many are fascinated and heartbroken by the death of a pop singer.

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Obama’s Failure of Moral Courage

Saturday, June 27th, 2009 - by Timothy Birdnow

Why does the president dither on Iran? Because he was schooled in mantras of weakness, rather than virtues of fortitude.

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PJM Political 6/27/09: I Can’t Believe I’m Sitting Next To A Republican!

Saturday, June 27th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

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A Crackdown on Free Speech at … Bucknell University?

Saturday, June 27th, 2009 - by Robert Shibley

University administrators clamp down on — who else — campus conservatives.

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No Meddling With Iran … But Oh, Those Settlements!

Saturday, June 27th, 2009 - by P. David Hornik

White House pressure on Israel shows none of the deference to sovereignty he shows Tehran.

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Republicans Should Kick Sanford to the Curb

Saturday, June 27th, 2009 - by Mary Grabar

The GOP must resist the urge to excuse or empathize with the philandering governor.

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Energy Tax Bill Is a Nightmare for Main Street (Updated)

Friday, June 26th, 2009 - by Roger Kimball

How much will Obama's cap-and-trade scheme cost you and your family? (Update: How America became a third-world country with first-world feelings of moral superiority)

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Depression 2.0

Friday, June 26th, 2009 - by Michael S. Malone

When the world seems crazy, it’s usually because it is.

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ObamaCare Stalls

Friday, June 26th, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

As details of the government-run plan become clear to all, the president's health care program is on the ropes.

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The Art of Statisticulation

Friday, June 26th, 2009

David Harsanyi has a column in the span style=”font-style:italic;”Denver Post/span entitled, a href=”http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_12691196″How to lie with statistics — again:/abr /blockquotebr /Did you know that around 300 million Americans went without food, water and shelter at some point last year?br /br /I am a survivor.br /br /If you were blessed with the prodigiously creative and cunning mind of a politician, that kind of statistic — meaningless, but technically true — could be put to good use.br /br /In the entertaining 1954 classic, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393310728?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0393310728″”How to Lie with Statistics, “/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0393310728″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /Darrell Huff writes that “misinforming people by the use of statistical material might be called statistical manipulation . . . or statisticulation.”br /br /One of the most persistent examples of modern-day statisticulation is the sufficiently true claim that 46 million (it becomes 50 million when senators really get keyed up) Americans are without health insurance.br /br /Set loose on the public’s compassion, this number is a powerful tool in the hands of eloquent orators like President Barack Obama when peddling government-run health care reform. And no matter how often the figure is debunked, no matter how many studies point to its inexact nature, it’s just too politically inviting not to embrace…..br /br /These facts does not undermine the argument for nationalized health care (history and common sense do that already). They do, however, point out that many statistics, to quote Huff again, get by “only because the magic of numbers brings about a suspension of common sense.” /blockquotebr /br /I think that when stats “confirm” people’s worldview, it is not the numbers themselves that are “magical”, but rather the magical thinking a person engages in that allows them to believe the numbers are true.

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The Stoning of Soraya M.: An Unflinching Look at the Unconscionable

Friday, June 26th, 2009 - by Christian Toto

A courageous film — based on a true story — unveils a brutal Islamic custom still practiced in Iran and elsewhere.

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Medicare: The Problem and the Solution?

Friday, June 26th, 2009 - by Jeffrey H. Anderson

The White House proposes to lower the unmanageable costs of Medicare by ... expanding it.

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Governor Sanford and the Adultery Problem

Friday, June 26th, 2009 - by Adam Graham

Our leaders need to take a look at how they connect with their families — and so do we.

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Gun Control: The Bureaucratic Method

Friday, June 26th, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Yet another unconstitutional tactic to keep the law-abiding poor from owning handguns.

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Fun with Numbers

Friday, June 26th, 2009 - by Tom Blumer

Basic math skills enhance understanding of current events. Too bad many of today's high school — and college — graduates don't have them.

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Michael Jackson Dead at Age 50

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

The pop icon passed away after suffering a massive heart attack.

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Is Sotomayor a Racist or Racialist? Joe Hicks Explains

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Watch it in its entirety here.

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Large Democratic Donors Help Shut Down July 4 Atlanta Tea Party

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 - by Bob Owens

Bloggers Andrea Shea King and Bob Owens find evidence that the group responsible for the rally's cancellation had been digging through their posts.

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Gov. Sanford’s Future in the Republican Party, RIP

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 - by John Hawkins

The right is coming down just as hard on Sanford as the left — if not more so. (Also read Roger L. Simon: What Mark Sanford Did (Wrecked Our Priorities))

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"…anxiety is much more likely to affect pitchers than position players "

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

A reader sends in a href=”http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090624content_id=5497488vkey=news_mlbfext=.jspc_id=mlb”an interesting article/a about athletes being treated by sports psychologists:br /br /blockquoteMel Didier is as old-school baseball as they come.br /br /The 83-year-old has been around the game for 58 years as a Minor League player, big league scout and executive and has seen and learned a lot.br /br /It was Didier, for example, who told Kirk Gibson that Dennis Eckersley would throw a back-door slider with a full count and first base open and then watched one of the most famous home runs in World Series history leave Dodger Stadium.br /br /In other words, not a lot surprises Didier, even though he has seen established Major Leaguers such as pitchers Zack Greinke and Steve Blass, catcher Mackey Sasser and infielders Chuck Knoblauch and Steve Sax suffer from diagnosed and undiagnosed psychological maladies that affected their play in strange and sometimes career-threatening ways…..br /br /More and more, clubs are turning to sports psychologists to make these situations less difficult, and according to a prominent doctor in the Pacific Northwest, it’s good to see anxiety disorders now being considered legitimately DL-worthy.br /br /”It’s a highly stressful situation with players these days,” says Dr. Donald Smith, the director of the clinical psychology program at the University of Washington and a former roving Minor League psychology instructor for the Houston Astros (1985-96) and team counselor for the Seattle Mariners (1990).br /br /”Anxiety is a mind and body phenomenon, and muscle tension interferes with the smooth, athletic movements we normally associate with Major League players. We tackle it by teaching stress management coping skills.”br /br /Smith says he has helped conduct studies that have shown that anxiety is much more likely to affect pitchers than position players and that even moderate muscle tension by a batter can “make an 85-mph fastball turn into 95 mph.”br /br /And for any team that has any doubts that psychological treatment can help players riddled with anxiety, Smith says clubs can go ahead and avoid it — at their own risk.br /br /”I met an old-school pitching coach who told me, ‘I’m not here to coddle mental weaklings. It’s a game of survival.’ br //blockquotebr /br /You can read the a href=”http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090624content_id=5497488vkey=news_mlbfext=.jspc_id=mlb”rest of the story here. /a

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