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Post-Copenhagen: Is Man-Made Global Warming a Dead Issue?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 - by Roger L Simon

Oops. A new study shows CFCs and cosmic rays are the major culprits for global warming. What does this mean?

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In Between Sermons, Avatar a Stunning Experience

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 - by Christian Toto

The 3-D elements help establish a sense of time and place that otherwise might not be possible.

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Arbitrary Power, Dictatorship, and Health Care

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 - by John David Lewis

Is the essence of dictatorship — and its institutional foundations — now being built into federal law?

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Christmas, Satire, and Reality

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 - by Dan Miller

When satire becomes politically correct reality, it's time to speak up.

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CPAC: Consciously Providing Ammo to Critics

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 - by Ryan Mauro

The 2010 conservative shindig will be sponsored by the conspiracy theorists of the John Birch Society.

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Libertarians Need to Rethink Support for Drug Legalization

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 - by Mary Grabar

Does a man's death from swallowing a bag of pot during an arrest illustrate the evil of outlawing drugs? No, just the opposite.

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Learned helplessness or learned optimism? You decide.

Monday, December 21st, 2009

A reader emailed me today to ask if the American people were experiencing a kind of a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_helplessness”learned helplessness/a in response to our current government, much like the dogs in psychologist Martin Seligman’s studies. For those of you unfamiliar with learned helplessness–it is a technical term that “means a condition of a human being or an animal in which it has learned to behave helplessly, even when the opportunity is restored for it to help itself by avoiding an unpleasant or harmful circumstance to which it has been subjected.” br /br /Are people fed up and ready to give up in the face of overwhelming obstacles such as the health care bill debacle? Perhaps some, but I pointed out to this reader that one third of the dogs in the learned helplessness studies a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_helplessness”never gave up or became helpless:br //abr /blockquoteHowever, not all of the dogs in Seligman’s experiments became helpless. Of the roughly 150 dogs in experiments in the latter half of the 1960s, about one-third did not become helpless, but instead managed to find a way out of the unpleasant situation despite their past experience with it. The corresponding characteristic in humans has been found to correlate highly with optimism; however, not a naïve Polyannaish optimism, but an explanatory style that views the situation as other than personal, pervasive, or permanent. This distinction between people who adapt and those who break down under long-term psychological pressure was also studied in the 1950s in the context of brainwashing./blockquotebr /br /Like the more resilient dogs, those of us who love freedom, believe in making our own health care choices and know to our very core that the government does not own us must never become helpless but must continue to find ways out of an unpleasant situation, and look forward with optimism, knowing that no condition is permanent.br /br /Update: Stuart Schneiderman a href=”http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-to-produce-depression.html”has some additional thoughts./a

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Massive Protests at Grand Ayatollah Montazeri’s Funeral

Monday, December 21st, 2009 - by Michael Ledeen

The power of the dissident cleric has only grown since his death on Sunday.

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Monday, December 21st, 2009

I was saddened to hear that Brittany Murphy a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fredirect.html%3Fie%3DUTF8%26location%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.armchaircommentary.com%252F2009%252F12%252Fremembering-brittany-murphy-dies-obit.html%26token%3D0B2F044E0D97FF0A121B1574190E1207E3DC3C94tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=ur2camp=1789creative=9325wwwviolentkicom”died of an apparent heart attack at 32. /a RIP.

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Thoughts on the Democrats’ Health Care Victory

Monday, December 21st, 2009 - by Ron Radosh

The way it is being rammed through Congress is not how the world’s greatest democracy should get its business accomplished.

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Violence Policy Center Makes It Up as They Go Along — Again

Monday, December 21st, 2009 - by Bob Owens

The gun-control group that sprang from the Joyce Foundation is using false information and bad research to demonize concealed carry permit holders.

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Climategate: The Perils of Global Warming Models

Monday, December 21st, 2009 - by John Droz, Jr.

If a model has not been proven to fully reflect reality, then it has very limited use and should be treated like a horoscope.

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The Franken vs. Lieberman Smackdown: A New Trend?

Monday, December 21st, 2009 - by Jazz Shaw

Comity is being replaced by comedy in the Senate, and sonorous debate may yet give way to hurled epithets and folding chairs.

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Stopping Nuclear Terrorism

Monday, December 21st, 2009 - by Gordon G. Chang

Time, as they say, is not on our side, and the Obama administration is apparently giving up trying to disarm North Korea.

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The Socialist Revolution Has Come to America

Monday, December 21st, 2009 - by Matt Patterson

Remember those heady days of 2008 when Barack Obama successfully painted himself as a moderate?

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Copenhagen Wrap-Up: ‘I Have Seen the Future and It Stinks!’

Sunday, December 20th, 2009 - by Roger L Simon

I saw it with my own eyes: COP15 was only peripherally about “climate change” and almost entirely about UN hegemony.

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The Historic Health Care Capitulation

Sunday, December 20th, 2009 - by Roger Kimball

Mitch McConnell got it right: “The history that’s being made here is the ignoring of the will of the American people.”

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Year End Thoughts

Sunday, December 20th, 2009 - by Richard Fernandez

Others have given us the Christmases past and present. But Christmases future are up to us.

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Sarah Palin: Dumb Like Reagan?

Sunday, December 20th, 2009 - by AWR Hawkins

One can only hope so.

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History or Travesty, Health Care Reform Becoming a Reality

Sunday, December 20th, 2009 - by Rick Moran

Whenever politicians start bandying about the word "historic" to describe something they've just done, grab your wallet and lock up the silver.

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David Solway’s Hear, O Israel!: A Feast for the Conservative Mind

Sunday, December 20th, 2009 - by Barbara Kay

The new book by PJM's Solway asks why Jews are so prone to turn on themselves and make common cause with their enemies.

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Mr. President, You Can’t Save the Economy and Save the Planet

Sunday, December 20th, 2009 - by Leon de Winter

Obama must choose between increasing economic activity which will increase emissions, or decreasing CO2 by keeping the economy stagnant.

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PJM Political: Mazursky, Teachout, Geraghty, and Greenhut

Saturday, December 19th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Terry Teachout discusses his biographies of Louis Armstrong and H.L. Mencken, legendary film director Paul Mazursky, Jim Geraghty on trouble ahead for Newsweek, and journalist Steven Greenhut on his new book on public employee unions, Plunder. Hosted by the Vodkapundit, Steve Green!

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PJM Political 12/19/09: Mazursky, Teachout, Geraghty, And Greenhut

Saturday, December 19th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

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Sneak Peek: Motor City Madness

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

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