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Republican Party Identity Politics: A Lesson from the Failed Scozzafava Campaign

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 - by Melissa Clouthier

The GOP should know by now that conservatives aren't interested in pandering.

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PJM Political: Lileks Returns; Lamar Ponders The New Enemies List

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

The triumphant return of the Bard of Minnesota; Sen. Lamar Alexander flashes back to the days of Nixon. Plus, are the Taliban using heroin as a weapon?

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PJM Political 10/31/09: Lileks Returns; Lamar Ponders The New Enemies List

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

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Saturday, October 31st, 2009

WSJ: a href=”http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703399204574505700448957522.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLETopStories”The New Art of Alimony:/abr /br /blockquoteLong viewed as payment for life, divorce settlements are facing strict new limits as some ex-spouses—primarily men—protest the endless support of a former partner. For richer, for poorer, forever?/blockquote

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Saturday, October 31st, 2009

a href=”http://www.advicegoddess.com/archives/2009/10/31/dr_helen_on_dom.html”Amy Alkon:/a on Mira Sorvino’s Stinky T-Shirt:br /br /blockquoteOn a superficial note, I am not a “gal pal,” nor do I have “gal pals,” and if I did, I’d be too busy throwing up to have much contact with them. Got this icky-toned e-mail last month, and I was a bit behind due to book-related stuff, so I’m only posting it now:br /br / Subject: Re: Mira Sorvino Wants You To Tell a Gal P.A.L.br /br / In a message dated 9/30/09 3:40:25 PM, Jamie.Dammrich@zenogroup.com writes:br /br / Hi Amy,br /br / As gal pals, we talk about everything. Yet there’s one subject that often goes unsaid – domestic violence. Did you know that one in four women reports being abused by a husband or partner in her lifetime?….br //blockquotebr /br /Amy lets the writer of the email in on a little secret (sure, one that everyone should know, but pretend not to)–her stats are false. a href=”http://www.advicegoddess.com/archives/2009/10/31/dr_helen_on_dom.html”See Amy’s response here./a

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And the CNN Slogan Contest Winners Are …

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 - by Andrew Klavan

Which readers came up with the best catchphrase for the network suffering from droopy ratings?

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Don’t Leave It to the BNP to Stand Up for Britain

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 - by Mary Jackson

The British National Party offers little more than Holocaust denial and far-left economic policies that would ruin the UK.

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More Conservatives, But No Republicans

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 - by B. Daniel Blatt

The Republican Party needs to redefine itself as conservative.

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Why This Liberal Democrat Wants Corzine to Lose in New Jersey

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 - by Ron Rosenbaum

I don't want people like the New Jersey governor buying the Democratic Party.

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Olympic Committee or Athletic Nanny State?

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 - by Josh Chetwynd

The Olympics should entertain and inspire athletic excellence — not preach morals or climate change.

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Blogging Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals: Prologue

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 - by Barbara Curtis

Alinsky begins with his nihilist, self-absorbed picture of society. (Read part one of this series here.)

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Zelaya Wins, Honduras Loses (Updated Nov. 4)

Friday, October 30th, 2009 - by Dan Miller

Due to tremendous pressure applied by the United States Department of State, Zelaya is on the road to reinstatement as president of Honduras.

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"…the only way to assert your human dignity is to walk away."

Friday, October 30th, 2009

a href=”http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2009/10/is-america-going-john-galt.html”Stuart Schneiderman:/a Is America Going John Galt?:br /br /blockquoteThey do not know and do not care that the productive human beings who make the economy run are about to walk away from it all. They are not seeing things in terms of human beings and in terms of policies that might or might not work. They are seeing a golden opportunity to right what they perceive as a decades-old wrong. They are not going to miss the chance.br /br /So,the new governing class is constantly attacking the productive class, vilifying them, disrespecting them, doing everything possible to lower their status. When someone is taking away the fruits of your labor and using you as their whipping boy the only way to assert your human dignity is to walk away./blockquote

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LAPD Turns North Hollywood Upside Down After Synagogue Shooting

Friday, October 30th, 2009 - by Jack Dunphy

If only every shooting in Los Angeles got this kind of response.

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Journalists Join White House Fox News-Bashing

Friday, October 30th, 2009 - by Ron Radosh

Because, after all, why bother defending freedom of speech if you disagree with the opinions expressed?

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Maybe men "should take back the night"

Friday, October 30th, 2009

I found it sort of (okay, really) ironic aftera href=”http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/67407767.html” reading a news article about University of Tennessee /awomen at a “Take back the night” rally to highlight violence against women that two of the stories linked to this story were about….women’s violence against men.br /br /a href=”http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/67347017.html”In the first story,/a a teacher is arrested with the statutory rape of a male student:br /br /blockquoteFENTRESS COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) — The Fentress County Grand Jury has indicted a high school teacher for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student.br /br /Lindsey Seymour, 27 of Allardt turned herself in to Fentress County authorities on Thursday afternoon. She was officially charged with eight counts of statutory rape.br /br /Seymour allegedly had the sexual encounters with the male student between June 2009 and September 2009. In late September, the teen’s parents complained to the district attorney about the contact. /blockquotebr /br /In the second news story, a woman is just now serving time (not much) for a href=”http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/67451042.html”shooting her boyfriend through the head in 2005:/abr /br /blockquoteKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – The Blount County woman who gunned down her live-in boyfriend in June 2005 will begin serving her sentence on Monday.br /br /April Jennifer Warren, 38 pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on April 8th, 2008. According to police, she killed Charles Russell, 32 with a single shotgun blast to his head following an argument in their home on June 13th, 2005. Court records indicated she was performing CPR on Russell when police arrived on the scene.br /br /Warren was sentenced to 10 years in prison on May 28th, 2008, but later appealed when it came out that Judge Mike Meares had contacted the family of the victim about the verdict. After sentencing Warren, Judge Meares apparently told Russell’s family that he gave her the maximum penalty with them in mind and asked that they support him in his upcoming election. /blockquotebr /br /This murderer will have to serve only 35 percent of the 10 year prison sentence. I understand this is due to a technicality but 10 years wasn’t much to begin with. And I wonder how this murder was counted? As a woman murdering a man? As some lesser crime due to it being voluntary manslaughter? Was it entered in the national data base at all as a woman killing a man?br /br /Maybe it’s time men who have been affected by female sexual and physical violence to”take back the night” but that will never happen. Men will rarely stand up for themselves and society sees their lives as expendable, especially when taken by a woman. Men will continue to be abused and will suffer or die in silence, or with the frequent sneer that “he deserved it.”br /br /Update: a href=”http://www.oakridger.com/localnews/x23528951/Woman-who-killed-boyfriend-arrested-again-and-again”Here is yet another story linked /afrom the same news site (WVLT) about a woman who killed her boyfriend (Good grief, how many are there?). Naturally, she again got only voluntary manslaughter and here is what she served:br /br /span style=”font-style:italic;”In May 2008, the defendant pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in that case and was sentenced to three years in prison as a standard offender. According to her sentencing report, she was to serve 120 days in the county jail in 20-day increments — with the remainder of her sentence as supervised probation./spanbr /br /Women just say the word, a href=”http://www.oakridger.com/localnews/x23528951/Woman-who-killed-boyfriend-arrested-again-and-again”"domestic violence”/a and they are given a pass for killing, as in this case. When women’s groups shout non-stop about domestic violence and violence against women, they plant the seeds in the culture that men are never victims. This is not true but people listen, despite evidence to the contrary.br /br /Update II: DADvocate points out a href=”http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iWC4ZA0Q5u8xj4jbnB8XvFhH1MagD9BKAGI80″another case where a woman/a stabbed her husband 193 times, gets 25 years and has the verdict overturned (via a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2009/10/woman-who-tied-up-her-husband-stabbed.html”Althouse blog)./a The case sounded familiar and I realized it was that of Susan Wright, one of the women profiled on the Oxygen show a href=”http://www.oxygen.com/tvshows/snapped/”"Snapped”/a that I was on as an expert in 2004. The show is coming to the Biography channel a href=”http://www.thebiographychannel.co.uk/biography_story/1599:1865/1/Snapped_-_Women_Who_Kill_Susan_Wright.htm”soon according to a promo. /aThat’s the thing about cable. The shows are recycled forever.

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The Straw Men of the Left

Friday, October 30th, 2009 - by Bernard Chapin

Obama and his allies would rather fence with imaginary partners than mix swords with actual conservatives and their ideas.

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Governor’s Race Neck and Neck in High Tax New Jersey

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Governor Corzine has caught up in the polls as a third-party candidate acts the part of spoiler for GOP challenger Chris Christie.

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Virginia GOP Poised for Big Comeback

Friday, October 30th, 2009 - by Doug Mataconis

Republicans in purple states like Virginia can win if they concentrate on the issues that matter to voters.

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A Self-Sacrificing Soldier, a Self-Interested President

Friday, October 30th, 2009 - by Barbara Curtis

A soldier gives his life in Afghanistan, while the commander in chief goes politicking.

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Levi Johnston Is Trash, Plain and Simple

Friday, October 30th, 2009 - by John Hawkins

Like a combination of Kato Kaelin and Joey Buttafuoco, only far more malicious and self-centered.

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Health Care Reform End Game Emerges

Friday, October 30th, 2009 - by Rich Baehr

Democrats are wrestling with the size and scope of the public option, trying to make it more palatable to moderates.

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Should I Read the New Health Care Bill or Remembrance of Things Past?

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 - by Roger L Simon

Proust’s epic probably contains more information about health than the 1,990-page measure.

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Open Season on Jews: Two Men Shot at L.A. Synagogue (Updated)

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 - by Phyllis Chesler

The place where Jews are at their most vulnerable is the very place which is under attack.

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Celebrating and Capitalizing on Our Misery

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 - by Tom Blumer

As the GDP shows some growth, Democrats are now admitting that they like their miserable POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) economy.

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