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Iraqi Officials Blame Al-Qaeda/Ba’ath Alliance for Recent Attacks

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 - by Mark Eichenlaub

Details are still thin, but Prime Minister al-Maliki and others believe ex-Hussein loyalists are aligning with al-Qaeda.

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Boycott Israel: A Professor’s Op-Ed, A University’s Nightmare

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 - by Stephanie L. Freid

What should Israeli universities do when their tenured professors support boycotts that damage their own institutions?

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Town Halls Rock the U.S.: Obama, Are You Listening?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 - by Orit Sklar

Americans rally to stop Democrats from gutting the foundations on which this country was built.

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It’s the Personal Liberty, Stupid

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

Republicans must listen to the voters and finally give them what they demand: less government in their lives.

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Ted Kennedy Dead at Age 77

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

As Driscoll notes, ABC's hagiographic obit comes complete with pitch for socialized medicine.

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Morale at CIA Plummets as Panetta Makes a Bad Situation Worse

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 - by Nate Hale

The inexperienced CIA director is indeed the wrong man for the wrong job at the wrong time. (Also read Ron Radosh: Obama’s New War on the CIA.)

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Feminist Hawks Unite!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 - by Phyllis Chesler

It's a small club, but the members are proud.

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Palin Flummoxes the Elites with Common Sense

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 - by Scott Ott

Neither the administration nor the media is truly succeeding in refuting Palin's criticisms.

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J Street Exposed

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 - by P. David Hornik

The "alternative" Jewish lobbying group has Israel squarely in its cross hairs.

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The Age Of Reagan: An Interview with Steven F. Hayward

Monday, August 24th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

The latest edition of Ed Driscoll's "Silicon Graffiti" video-blog features an interview with Steven F. Hayward, author of the long-waited second volume of his opus "Age of Reagan" series, due out tomorrow.

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Obama vs. Obama

Monday, August 24th, 2009 - by Victor Davis Hanson

Per the language of his regrettable mentor, Obama's "chickens are coming home to roost."

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The Rorschach exposed

Monday, August 24th, 2009

The span style=”font-style:italic;”New York Times/span a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/24/business/24inkblot.html?_r=1″has an interesting article entitled,/a “Complaint Over Doctor Who Posted Inkblot Test” (thanks to the reader who emailed this): br /br /blockquoteThe doctor who helped Wikipedia publish the 10 inkblots of the Rorschach test is being investigated by his local doctors’ organization after it received complaints that his actions were unprofessional.br /br /In a letter Wednesday from the group, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, the doctor, James Heilman, who works in an emergency room in Moose Jaw, was notified that two psychologists had filed complaints. /blockquotebr /br /Psychologists are bound by ethics to protect test security. The doctor who put the Rorschach cards up on Wikipedia along with other information is apparently not a psychologist but I believe that he has damaged test security and made it harder for those of us who rely on the Rorschach to understand clients and others. He believes otherwise. But in the age of the Internet, it’s hard to keep secrets. That’s good and bad.br /br /What do you think?

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"Fascists everywhere will love this article, anyone in favour of democracy will shake their head and sigh."

Monday, August 24th, 2009

So says a commenter in response to this a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/aug/23/brain-society-politics”Guardian article:/a “In control? Think again. Our ideas of brain and human nature are myths:”br /br /blockquoteThe notion of individual autonomy underpins our society, yet new research suggests this guiding principle is an illusion.br /br /It was browsing in a bookshop that got me started. I was confronted by a bank of bestsellers on the brain: how it works and how we think. There were the books which have attracted huge attention, such as a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/014311526X?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=014311526X”Nudge/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=014311526X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316010669?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0316010669″Blink, /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0316010669″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / but there were others popularising the new insights of a range of academic disciplines – social sciences such as evolutionary psychology as well as neuroscience – which are radically challenging the most fundamental assumptions on which human beings operate.br //blockquotebr /br /The author of the article seems to imply that all self-autonomy is a myth–that we are social creatures who conform to group norms. Could it be that it is just the fad now to conduct research that shows people are “collectivists” to justify the government telling us what to do more? br /br /Perhaps some people are just lemmings but take a look at studies a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asch_conformity_experiments”like the Ashe experiment /athat showed some people could not be persuaded to conform like others to endorsing incorrect information no matter what (about 25% of them never gave an incorrect response). How do we figure out how to teach people to be more accurate in spite of so many lemmings endorsing incorrect information? Because these types of non-conformists are the people we need to keep freedom flowing.

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The GOP’s Hispanic Problem

Monday, August 24th, 2009 - by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

Republicans would do well to avoid feeding the narrative that they are anti-Hispanic.

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The Blindness of the Israeli Intellectual Left

Monday, August 24th, 2009 - by David Solway

Even brilliant writers like A.B. Yehoshua can be clueless about their country's predicament.

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What Happened to Candidate Obama?

Monday, August 24th, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

The candidate with the superior temperament has devolved into a peevish president exasperated that mere citizens would question his wisdom.

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Why Health Care Appears to Be Obama’s Waterloo

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 - by Roger Kimball

The reason is a four-letter word: fear.

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Accuse First, Ask Questions Never: Mainstreaming Anti-Semitism

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 - by Barry Rubin

Three European newspapers publish the latest incarnations of the vicious blood libel.

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To Hell with the Political Class

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 - by Melissa Clouthier

Simply put, the government needs to relearn its place.

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The 1929 Arab Terror Attack: When Hebron Became Occupied Territory

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 - by Sammy Benoit

Today is the anniversary of one of the most monstrous terror attacks in Jewish history.

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Finally, Conservatives Have Their Freedom Fighters

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 - by AWR Hawkins

Opposition to ObamaCare has birthed the protest movement the right never had.

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What We’ll Drive in 2016

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 - by Brian Douglas

Here’s a hint — it may have a power cord.

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You Can Achieve Whatever You Set Your Mind To — No, Really!

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 - by David Steinberg

Decades of study on expertise prove that virtually anyone can be great at anything — "bad genes" are an excuse, not a cause.

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No More Sderots!

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 - by Ryan Mauro

Everything you need to know about the current “peace process” can be found in this rocket-battered town.

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Germany’s Double Standard in War Crimes Trials

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 - by John Rosenthal

A trial recently completed in Munich has a bearing on the case of accused Nazi John Demjanjuk.

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