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Monday, December 28th, 2009

a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/27/AR2009122702116_pf.html”span style=”font-style:italic;”The Washington Post:/span/a As college costs rise, loans become harder to get (via a href=”http://nalert.blogspot.com/2009/12/as-college-costs-rise-loans-become.html”Newsalert/a).

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2009: The Year in Squander

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Watch it in its entirety here. The biggest economic blunders of the decade here.

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Lessons (for Obama) from Flight 253

Monday, December 28th, 2009 - by AWR Hawkins

The passengers who subdued the terrorist understand what the president apparently does not.

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Monday, December 28th, 2009

John Hawkins shares his picks a href=”http://rightwingnews.com/2009/12/the-25-best-videos-of-2009/”for 25 Best Videos Of 2009./a

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Crossing Into North Korea

Monday, December 28th, 2009 - by Claudia Rosett

Robert Park’s Christmas crossing into North Korea can be parsed as rash, foolhardy, crazy ... or as an act of enormous courage.

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Boycott Israel and British Lives Will Be Lost

Monday, December 28th, 2009 - by Carol Gould

Why does the UK want to distance itself from the country best positioned to help protect British troops from IEDs?

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On the Horizon

Monday, December 28th, 2009 - by Victor Davis Hanson

Some modest predictions for the year ahead.

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Obama Surrenders U.S. Sovereignty: His INTERPOL Executive Order

Monday, December 28th, 2009 - by Bob Owens

Quietly, Obama just made it much easier for the International Criminal Court to go after American "war criminals."

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Time For Latinos to Stand Against Illegal Immigration

Monday, December 28th, 2009 - by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

And it's up to the rest of us to give them the benefit of the doubt and stop assuming that their loyalties lie elsewhere.

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Some Thoughts on the Latest Man-Caused Disaster Attempt

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 - by Rand Simberg

When someone from Nigeria named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is lighting his pants in the window seat, it's pretty hard to be politically correct and avoid reality.

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"The men eager to self-detonate on infidel airliners are not goatherds from the caves of Waziristan but educated middle-class Muslims"

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

a href=”http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YzQxZWJhNjhmZTVmNmU2MDMyNmYzNzdlYmE3ZDQ4OTY=”Great point by Mark Steyn: /abr /br /blockquoteSo once again we see the foolishness of complaceniks who drone the fatuous cliches about how “in this struggle, scholarships will be far more important than smart bombs”. The men eager to self-detonate on infidel airliners are not goatherds from the caves of Waziristan but educated middle-class Muslims who have had the most exposure to the western world and could be pulling down six-figure salaries almost anywhere on the planet. And don’t look to “assimilation” to work its magic, either. We’re witnessing a process of generational de-assimilation: In this family, yet again, the dad is an entirely assimilated member of the transnational elite. His son wants a global caliphate run on Wahhabist lines./blockquote

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Detroit Bomber Failure: His Dad Tried to Warn U.S. Authorities

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

The TSA has a lot of explaining to do, starting with why Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was not placed on the U.S. no-fly list. (Also read Roger L. Simon, Richard Fernandez, and Phyllis Chesler.)

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The EPA: They Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Climate Treaty

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 - by Dan Miller

So what if President Obama flopped in Copenhagen? The EPA already has wide-ranging power to enforce its will on the people.

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The Horns of Bibi’s Dilemma

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 - by Michael Weiss

Snubbed by the PA, in trouble on his right flank at home over his settlement policy, Prime Minister Netanyahu walks a tightrope between Washington's desires and Israel's security needs.

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NCIS Goes PC

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 - by David Solway

Recent episodes of the popular show have inverted reality with Christian terrorists and honor murders.

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Forty Years of Misdirected Aid to Africa

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 - by Kacie Marano and Jeremiah Norris

In the year Obama was born, Kenya had higher per capita income than South Korea. Why did one nation prosper from foreign aid and the other stagnate?

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PJM Political: Look Back In Bemusement

Saturday, December 26th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Tune into this special weekend edition of PJM Political, hosted by the Vodkapundit, Steve Green, for a look back at the long, strange year that was, and how we got here.

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PJM Political 12/26/09: Look Back In Bemusement

Saturday, December 26th, 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 look back this Christmas weekend, at long, strange year there was, and how we got we here:

  • Steve looks back at one of the biggest political stories of 2009, the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy, which has repercussions to this day.
  • As she explains to Dr. Helen, blogger and syndicated “advice goddess” Amy Alkon sees rude people — and does something about it.
  • PJM Political Producer Ed Driscoll looks back at the politicians, advisors, celebrities and dignitaries who’ve appeared on the show’s first two seasons, with soundbites from:
  • Senator John McCain.
  • Former Senator Fred Thompson.
  • Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee (plus James Lileks on 2007’s brief “Huckabee boomlet!”)
  • Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney.
  • Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
  • Steve Westly, eBay, co-founder, California Campaign Co-chair for Obama ’08.
  • Steve Maviglio, Democratic strategist for Hillary Clinton ‘08.
  • Michelle Malkin’s harrowing run-in with a “truther” during the 2008 Democratic Convention.
  • From the film’s premiere at the 2008 GOP convention, American Carol’s Jon Voight.
  • General David Petraeus.
  • John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia.
  • And from September of 2007, an offer from Ed they could refuse
  • And boiled down from PJTV’s nine hours of live coverage of the Tax Day Tea Party Protests, interviews with:
  • PJ Media/PJTV CEO Roger L. Simon.
  • PJTV co-hosts Allen Barton, Bill Whittle and Joe Hicks.
  • Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com.
  • Talk radio star Hugh Hewitt.
  • Finally, from the “Twitter-sphere”, Michael Patrick Leahy of Top Conservatives On Twitter, and beaming in from Planet Kruiser, a cameo from the man, the myth, the legend, comedian Stephen Kruiser.
  • Produced by Ed Driscoll.

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 for wall-to-wall coverage of ClimateGate, the Tea Parties, and the big stories of 2009 throughout, well, the rest of the year!

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American Exceptionalism and the Sin of Pride

Saturday, December 26th, 2009 - by Ron Rosenbaum

Isn’t humility supposed to be one of the cardinal virtues?

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Can eating carbs make you thin?

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

So, with people feeling fat after the holidays and New Year’s resolutions being considered, the typical glut of diet books seem to be circulating. We received one in the mail the other day so I picked it up as the title made the diet sound a little different from the normal fare. a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594869723?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594869723″span style=”font-style:italic;”The Serotonin Power Diet: Eat Carbs–Nature’s Own Appetite Suppressant–to Stop Emotional Overeating and Halt Antidepressant-Associated Weight Gain/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594869723″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / was written by two experts who founded a weight loss center. br /br /They start the book by explaining that carbs are not the enemy. From what I gathered from the first chapter, eating carbs helps the brain to produce serotonin (the brain’s natural “feel good” chemical and appetite suppressant) which in turn keeps a person happy, stabilizes his or her mood, and results in less stress eating. Eating protein alone, on the other hand, results in less serotonin getting to the brain and may produce a lack of energy and binge-eating of carbs. So, the way to quit binge eating carbs is to eat carbs in a more controlled manner with snacks and foods that feed the brain serotonin. br /br /It seems to me this is all rather intuitive, so who needs a whole book about it? If I don’t eat carbs for even one day, I am grumpy and in search of them the next. But the book is worth a read if you want some good examples and details of how to eat carbs in a controlled and sensible manner. It has a kitchen list for meals for those who don’t want to cook and basic meals that lay out what to eat and when. They are also a big fan of snacking and have you eat three carb snacks daily during the first phase of the diet. This phases out over time. But the snacks look decent and include low-fat biscotti, Fig Newtons, marshmallows, and pretzels.br /br /The book also contains good information on how to help yourself if you are on antidepressant drugs and are gaining weight. Overall, it seems to be pretty decent and based on some good research.

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Is cable worth it?

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Every six months I have to get into it with Comcast, my cable company who doubles or this month almost tripled my bill when a “promotion” ran out. I have been calling and getting the promotions for over 4 years now but this time pretty much ran into a brick wall when the customer service representative just kind of shrugged and gave me simply a ridiculous number instead of an over-the-top one. br /br /One thing I really hate about Comcast in Knoxville is that if you want to quit, they will not cut your bill off immediately. Instead, you have to pack up the equipment and drive it across town to some out of the way building in a far away location. I assume they do this on purpose– knowing full well that many people do not have the time to get the equipment back quickly and either forget it or take weeks to return it. What do you do if you are a single person who is disabled and wants to cut off service? Perhaps you have no way to get the equipment back.br /br /I hate to quit cable altogether as I use it for work, ideas for blogging, and I like HGTV. But I can’t stand the stress of wheeling and dealing with Comcast. br /br /Does anyone have any suggestions?br /br /span style=”font-weight:bold;”Update:/span Comcast Customer Service responds in the comments:br /br /Hello all!br /br /I just wanted to drop a line here for Dr. Helen and anyone else who may be interested in our team’s assistance. Feel free to email our team at the address below with your billing or service concerns. Our team is always happy to help.br /br /Kind Regards,br /Melissa Mendozabr /Comcast Customer Connectbr /National Customer Operationsbr /We_Can_Help@comcast.combr /@ComcastMelissabr /br /span style=”font-weight:bold;”Update II:/span I emailed Melissa Mendoza to tell her my complaints and she said she would have someone call me from the local Comcast office to see what can be done. My phone rang and a professional Comcast customer service person listened to my complaints but said that I would have to pay the extra charges, downgrade my service, or bundle all my services together to get a reduction in price. Nice gesture, but nothing was accomplished.

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The Latest Advice From the Eco-Zealots: Eat Your Pets

Saturday, December 26th, 2009 - by Julia Szabo

Eco-idiocy hits a new low in heartlessness with an attack on our beloved, defenseless friends.

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The Best Films of the Decade

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Watch it in its entirety here. Stand up Comedy in Afghanistan here.

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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Social Justice

Saturday, December 26th, 2009 - by Neo-Neocon

This week our government chose social justice over liberty. We will get neither.

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Obama’s Latest Appointment: A Reflection of His Radical Past

Saturday, December 26th, 2009 - by Ron Radosh

PJM's Ron Radosh vs. Andrew Sullivan on whether the president's old ideas are relevant to understanding his actions today.

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