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Fear and Self-Loathing at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 - by Abraham H. Miller

The festival screens a laudatory film on Rachel Corrie and invites Rachel's Hamas-supporting mother to speak. (Also read Ron Radosh: Rachel Corrie: Endless Martyr for Anti-Israel Hatred)

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What Would the Founders Think of ObamaCare?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 - by Matt Patterson

The "liberty-mad" rebels would have a tough time understanding how anyone could support the president's health care vision.

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War on Want, a.k.a. War on Israel

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 - by Carol Gould

A UK charity holds an anti-Israel event and bans a Jewish activist from attending.

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Obama Is Tanking: Is It Unemployment … or Is It Him?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

Unemployment may be nearing 10 percent, but there seems to be more behind Obama's plunge in the polls. (Also read Roger L. Simon: Obama Shouldn’t Bash Bush; He Should Fire Rahm Emanuel)

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The ACLU vs. The Gideons

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 - by John Stephenson

The American Civil Liberties Union protests when Bibles are distributed at public schools — but Muslim prayer and footbaths in schools doesn't seem to bother them.

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In Praise of Racial Profiling

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 - by Andrew Klavan

Is it racism, or is it real-world reality and a sign of solid police work? (Also read Roger Kimball: Smile When You Take That Chip Off Your Shoulder)

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Legacy: Walter Cronkite and the Apex of Mass Media

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

In his latest "Silicon Graffiti" video, Ed Driscoll interviews Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters, and Austin Bay of PJTV on the three phases of Cronkite's career.

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‘Chairman Max Baucus told reporters he had heard some "interesting," "creative," and "kind of fun" ideas.’

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

I saw a href=”http://www.nationaljournal.com/congressdaily/hcp_20090727_8213.php”this article on Drudge this morning/a that one of these “creative ideas” is to tax plastic surgery. Thinking of all the ways to give away other people’s money is “fun and creative” to Baucus? It reminds me of a study I read that showed how there are some people who enjoy giving away other people’s money for the “fun” of doing it. It strikes me that the people in the current administration are no different.

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The Franking Sign Monster

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 - by Jazz Shaw

Democrats are a little touchy about how GOP congressmen are describing ObamaCare to their constituents.

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Vicious Jew-Hatred Wins Center Stage at UC Irvine

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 - by Aaron Elias

The Muslim Student Union's "Palestine Awareness Week" is, once again, a cesspool of Islam-fueled madness.

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A ‘Third Way’ On Health Care That Works From the Netherlands

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 - by Leon Eijsman and Leon de Winter

The Dutch have recently instituted a mandatory private health insurance program that appears to be working well.

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Why All the Smart People Say Obama Is a Great President

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 - by Frank J. Fleming

If Obama is as dumb and inexperienced as you think he is, then how did he get elected president, huh?

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Is North Korea Testing Biological Weapons on Children?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 - by Gordon G. Chang

Many defectors tell startlingly similar stories about the regime using human guinea pigs to test poison gas.

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The Next Round in Iraq

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 - by Ryan Mauro

With U.S. forces having left Iraqi cities, the battle for the nation's future enters a new and challenging phase.

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Why men shouldn’t volunteer with children

Monday, July 27th, 2009

a href=”http://www.advicegoddess.com/archives/2009/07/24/why_men_shouldn.html”Amy Alkon:/a “You’re a guy and you want to “give back”? Keep away from the kiddies or you could lose everything you have.” Amy says this because of a href=”http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.2610″a post by Wendy McElroy:/abr /br /blockquoteI haven’t been able to get Anthony J. Tripoli out of my mind. He is the 69-year-old man I wrote about in a July 19th blog post. He was a volunteer who tutored children one-on-one in reading skills at a public school in Florida. Based on the testimony of an 8-year-old girl and without any supporting evidence whatever, he was given a life sentence for allegedly touching her in an inappropriate — that is, a sexual — manner. In reading the news story, I thought the man was probably innocent and a victim of the public/legal hysteria that surrounds the issues of children and sex./blockquote br /br /I must say it makes me both sad and angry that this is the case. Having worked with numerous kids and teens over the course of my career, many could have used some male influence. But this is the sad new reality.

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Lose-Lose When You Talk About Race

Monday, July 27th, 2009 - by Victor Davis Hanson

The Gates affair was ultimately made worse by uninformed presidential grandstanding.

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Asma al-Assad: Syria’s Imelda Marcos

Monday, July 27th, 2009 - by Claudia Rosett

A Middle Eastern Marie Antoinette posts high-fashion photos of herself on Facebook.

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Five Reasons Why ‘Gates-Gate’ Matters

Monday, July 27th, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

This incident was, to put it mildly, exactly what Obama didn’t need.

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Obama’s NAACP Talk vs. the Department of Education’s Walk

Monday, July 27th, 2009 - by Greg Forster

The president denounces racial “excuses” while his DOE makes excuses for a new racial quota.

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Knowing the Endgame — in Chess and the Economy

Monday, July 27th, 2009 - by David Solway

In the economic chess game now being played, everyone will be checkmated.

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A Young Woman’s Education in Politics

Monday, July 27th, 2009 - by Mary Grabar

How a leftist university helped forge a conservative leader.

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Raising a Dangerously Obese Child Is a Shame — But Is It a Crime?

Monday, July 27th, 2009 - by Michele Catalano

Putting 555-pound Alexander Draper's mother in prison won't help anyone.

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Another reason to be worried about ObamaCare

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

I found a telling story about a woman a href=”http://www.prideofbritain.com/contentpages/winners/1999/helen-smith.aspx”who got a medal in Britain for standing up/a to the local health authorities (and her name is also Helen Smith!):br /br /blockquoteHelen Smith was a gifted student with a bright future when she was struck by a cruel and devastating blow.br /br /She was 24 and had just started studying for a doctorate at London’s Imperial College after graduating in biology from Bath University when she was struck down with virulent meningococcal septicaemia.br /br /As she lay in a coma for three weeks, surgeons amputated both her legs.br /br /Most of one arm had to be removed and her other hand amputated….br /br /More than anything, she wanted to lead a “normal” life again.br /br /But her pleas for realistic-looking prosthetics that would make that possible were turned down because they are available only from a private clinic.br /br /Instead, she was given a hook for one arm and false legs which didn’t fit.br /br /Helen took on her local health authority and even offered to pay most of the cost after raising £65,000.br /br /But the answer was No.br /br /Thousands of Mirror readers moved and angered by her plight donated more than £20,000 – and next month she is due to get the full set of limbs she has worked so hard for./blockquotebr /br /br /Is this the path ObamaCare will lead us down?

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How do you define excessive sexual activity?

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Maggie’s Farm describes a href=”http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/12044-Shrinks-gone-nuts.html” how psychiatrists and others/a have “gone nuts” due to their desire to include sex addiction, shopping addiction and other behaviors as clinical disorders in the forthcoming DSM-V which is a revision of current a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0890420254?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0890420254″Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV:/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0890420254″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /br /br /blockquoteI knew they went over the edge when they began talking about Sex Addiction. Who gets to define that? These are the sorts of thing that makes people think shrinks are nuts, and damage their reputations as serious Docs. You cannot pathologize every human idiosyncrasy, desire, hobby, or preoccupation, because these are the things that make people interesting, unique, and colorful./blockquotebr /br /Slate has a a href=”http://www.slate.com/id/2223479/”good article about the DSM /a subtitled, “The Diagnostic madness of DSM-V” which seems fitting:br /br /blockquote….The fifth edition of the association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is expected in 2012. The APA isn’t just deciding the fate of shopaholics; it’s also debating whether overuse of the Internet, “excessive” sexual activity, apathy, and even prolonged bitterness should be viewed, quite seriously, as brain “disorders.” If you spend hours online, have sex more frequently than aging psychiatrists, and moan incessantly that the federal government can’t account for all its TARP funds, take heed: You may soon be classed among the 48 million Americans the APA already considers mentally ill./blockquotebr /br /So, how would you decide what constitutes excessive sexual activity?

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History and Race: The Gates Affair

Sunday, July 26th, 2009 - by Rick Moran

So much for the "post-racial" Obama administration.

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