The SEIU has been associated with voter registration fraud and violence against Tea Partiers, but is it also involved in terrorism?
The environmental movement is not just a well funded special interest, it is a big bully gaining increased control over the U.S. economy.
Today's entire testimony from former Department of Justice Voting Section Chief Coates regarding the New Black Panther case and DOJ hostility to race-neutral law enforcement.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA, pictured) has warned AG Eric Holder not to interfere with the decision of Christopher Coates to testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights today. Check PJM throughout the day for the latest on Coates' testimony.
Introducing PJM's weekly roundup of the latest election news from battleground states. We've got correspondents covering 12 of the most important races, plus more in the weeks ahead. UPDATE: Texas report added.
Wanted: Good writers with a passion for politics who want to participate in PJM's special election coverage.
Are we just lucky or is the federal government doing its job?
Lawrence Kane, author of the new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1453662855?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1453662855″span style=”font-style:italic;”Blinded by the Night,/span /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1453662855″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / has let me know it is available now on Amazon. I wrote a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2010/07/fiction-for-those-who-like-non-fiction.html”about the book here./a
A number of you have emailed me or commented about blogger eating comments. No one here has done anything to “offend me” and I almost never delete comments unless I have warned the person several times or the comment is so hurtful or harmful to another commenter that I decide to delete it which is very, very rare. Sorry about the blogger problem. If you are trying to leave a comment, keep trying! Or at least rest assured that I am not moderating them. Hopefully, the blogger problem will be resolved soon.
a href=”http://neoneocon.com/2010/07/27/the-does-it-make-me-look-fat-question/”Neo-Neocon has an interesting post/a on the “does it make me look fat?” question. She later mentions aa href=”http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2010/06/16/obesity_tied_to_sex_problems” French study/a that says obese French women get less sex than their male counterparts:br /br /blockquoteObese women were 30 percent less likely than “normal” women to have had sex in the last year, but obese men were just as likely to have had one sexual partner in the last 12 months as average guys. Professor Kaye Wellings, one of the authors of the study, summed it up pretty effectively by saying, “Maybe women are more tolerant of tubby husbands than men are of tubby wives.” /blockquotebr /br /I don’t know about people who are married but it seems to me in the 20′s and younger set, the overweight (maybe not obese) women and girls in the US seem to do pretty well. Guys seem to hang all over the girl spilling out of her jeans with a few extra pounds. I have often wondered if the extra pounds and puffy look signal that the woman is on Depo-Provera or another form of birth control a href=”http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/on-women/2009/03/04/is-your-depo-provera-causing-weight-gain”that packs on the pounds./a Maybe younger guys sense this and go for girls who look like they put out? This is just a theory. br /br /If male, do you care if a woman is overweight?
I usually avoid stuff like this because it’s usually so obvious but I took a look at a href=”http://health.yahoo.net/rodale/PVN/9-harmless-habits-that-age-you”9 “harmless” habits that age you /a (via a href=”http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/103604/”Instapundit/a). However, “harmless habit #9 looked important enough to mention to my readers–especially the female ones:br /br /blockquote9. You can’t recall when you last had sexbr /Yep, sex feels good and does wonders for your mood, but it’s also fantastically great for your health. Research shows that people with active sex lives have stronger immune systems, less pain, a lower cancer risk, healthier hearts, and less stress. The best news: It can even make you look younger—up to 12 years, a study shows.br /br /Act your age: Rekindle the romance between you and your partner. To shake things up, try making the first move next time. “Some women are not active participants in their sex lives,” says Pat Covalt, PhD, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0814409210?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0814409210″span style=”font-style:italic;”What Smart Couples Know: The Secret to a Happy Relationship/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0814409210″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /. “A lot of men would like to be touched more, seduced more. Everyone wants to feel wanted.” /blockquote
a href=”http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2010/07/why-do-women-cheat.html”Stuart Schneiderman:/a Why do women cheat?
The congressman asks that the special counsel also look into "whether the Department has adopted a policy of enforcing voting rights laws in a racially discriminatory manner."
One of the great things (among others) about being a blogger is receiving advanced copies of books in the mail. Yesterday, Lawrence Kane, the author of such non-fiction books as a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594391297?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594391297″span style=”font-style:italic;”The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594391297″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594390711?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594390711″span style=”font-style:italic;”Surviving Armed Assaults/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594390711″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / sent me his new work of fiction, “Blinded by the Night,” that comes out soon.br /br /I must admit that I am not much of a fiction reader. As a psychologist, I find truth to be stranger and more interesting than fiction, but I decided to give Kane’s book a try. I am still not finished and plan on taking it with me on vacation, but I must say, so far that it reads like non-fiction and held my interest with the intriguing characters. I like the fact that Kane himself is a martial artist, and works in the security field as this insight gives real life to his characters, mainly in the form of officer Richard Hayes who is a Seattle cop. br /br /The book opens with the reader learning about Hayes’s life and what is going through the mind of a cop as he works with various predators. This is the stuff I’m interested in. At some point, Hayes goes hunting for a serial killer, and then the book runs more into metaphysical fantasy when he finds out that “the vampire he destroyed was the ruler of an eldritch realm…By some archaic rule, having defeated the monster’s sovereign in battle, Richard becomes their king. Now he is responsible for a host of horrors who stalk the night, howl at the moon, and shamble through the darkness.”br /br /Now, normally, here is where I would drop out of the book, figuring that the fiction aspects would bore me, but Kane’s use of psychological insight and his knowledge of the inner world of cops and martial arts has kept me reading. It’s quite insightful and full of information about how this particular cop span style=”font-style:italic;”thinks/span about violence, which has piqued my interest.br /br /Anyway, I’ll stop here and read some more but I do have one question to ask of readers: Why are these darn vampires, like those in a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Furl%3Dsearch-alias%253Dstripbooks%26field-keywords%3Dtwilight%2Bseries%26sprefix%3DTwili%26ih%3D23_6%5F4%5F0%5F2%5F0%5F0%5F0%5F0%5F1.10%5F157%26fsc%3D-1tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=ur2camp=1789creative=9325″the span style=”font-style:italic;”Twilight/span series/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=ur2o=1″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / so interesting to consumers of fiction?
span style=”font-style:italic;”New York Times:/span a href=”http://www.cnbc.com/id/38303349″After Job Training, Many Still Scrambling for Employment:/abr /br /blockquoteHundreds of thousands of Americans have enrolled in federally financed training programs in recent years, only to remain out of work. That has intensified skepticism about training as a cure for unemployment.br /br /Even before the recession created the bleakest job market in more than a quarter-century, job training was already producing disappointing results. A study conducted for the Labor Department tracking the experience of 160,000 laid-off workers in 12 states from mid-2003 to mid-2005 — a time of economic expansion — found that those who went through training wound up earning little more than those who did not, even three and four years later. “Over all, it appears possible that ultimate gains from participation are small or nonexistent,” the study concluded. /blockquote
In 2006, Michael was named Blogger of the Year by The Week magazine for his dispatches from the Middle East. A year later, he won a Weblog Award for the Best Middle East/Africa Blog. Michael captured that award again in 2008. And today, we're pleased to announce he's our newest in-house "Xpress" blogger. (Click here to read Totten's debut post for PJM.)
a href=”http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-end-of-men/8135/1/”The Atlantic:/a span style=”font-style:italic;”The End of Men/span (via a href=”http://nalert.blogspot.com/2010/07/women-are-new-men-postindustrial.html”Newsalert/a):br /br /blockquotePolling data on American sex preference is sparse, and does not show a clear preference for girls. But the picture from the doctor’s office unambiguously does. A newer method for sperm selection, called MicroSort, is currently completing Food and Drug Administration clinical trials. The girl requests for that method run at about 75 percent.br /br /Even more unsettling for Ericsson, it has become clear that in choosing the sex of the next generation, he is no longer the boss. “It’s the women who are driving all the decisions,” he says—a change the MicroSort spokespeople I met with also mentioned. At first, Ericsson says, women who called his clinics would apologize and shyly explain that they already had two boys. “Now they just call and [say] outright, ‘I want a girl.’ These mothers look at their lives and think their daughters will have a bright future their mother and grandmother didn’t have, brighter than their sons, even, so why wouldn’t you choose a girl?” /blockquote
I started following some posts on Pick Up Artists (PUA) at a href=”http://www.theatlantic.com/personal/archive/2010/07/pickup-artists-the-girliest-of-men/59578/”Megan McArdle’s place/a and saw a href=”http://voxday.blogspot.com/2010/07/lest-you-wonder.html”that Vox Day/a and a href=”http://roissy.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/aging-urban-broads-the-manliest-of-women/”Roissy had joined in/a to argue about whether or not PUA’s are “girlie men” (Megan McArdle seems to think they are). I don’t think PUAs are “girlie men,” but if they are, so what? They are just using sexual power like women always have and now the women are upset that their turf is being invaded. br /br /Great topic but instead of spending time reading their posts, I got sucked into a quiz at Roissy’s place. For those of you not familiar with his work, Roissy is a blogger who discusses the techniques of PUAs. If you are not familiar with this dating approach, check out books such as Neil Strauss’s a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060554738?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0060554738″span style=”font-style:italic;”The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0060554738″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / or Mystery’s a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312360118?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0312360118″span style=”font-style:italic;”The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful Women Into Bed./span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0312360118″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /br /br /a href=”http://roissy.wordpress.com/dating-market-value-test-for-women/”So I took the quiz at his place/a on the “Dating Value of Women.” I know, I’m married, but it sounded like fun, so why not? With my low score, it turns out, I’m a “classic beta female:”br /br /blockquote-4 to 14: Classic beta. Your hot friends always gets hit on first, but if you really tramp it up you can snag a slightly better than average guy to take you home for a single night of commitment./blockquotebr /Apparently, I would be a real loser on the dating scene. Funny, that’s not how my dating life was when I was younger, but then, I was probably too much of a beta to see it. Seriously, I think this quiz is pretty invalid for some people. It doesn’t take into account outliers who do not fit the criteria. Apparently, alpha females don’t curse, have an average to just above average (but no higher IQ), and wear heels over three inches.br /br /None of those traits describe me. I never thought of myself as a beta female but I guess I’ll just have to get used to it. It seems to have brought me happiness so far,and having to stop cursing and wear high-heeled shoes would make me miserable. br /br /Truthfully, the test is chauvinistic towards women and gives high scores to men without manners, but then, maybe men who are picking up women want sterotypically feminine women and women want jerky guys. Go take the test if you would like to know if you are alpha or beta on the dating scene. a href=”http://roissy.wordpress.com/dating-market-value-test-for-women/”If female, go here/a or a href=”http://roissy.wordpress.com/dating-market-value-test-for-men/”if male, go here,/a and if you are brave enough, share the results with us.br /br /Update: Ann Althouse: a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2010/07/dating-market-value-test-for-women.html”"Fuck that test.” /aNeither one of us is going to make it as an alpha.
I always try to work on a few personal goals during the summer months when I have a bit more time. This month, I took a driving lesson to improve my already superb skills and ordered the book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0471157058?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0471157058″How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable: Getting Your Point Across with the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0471157058″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / to help me with my conversational skills. br /br /I tend to get pretty angry and heated during political discussions and thought this book might help to channel that anger into something more constructive. I realize I am not going to change people’s minds in a one-on-one discussion, but thought I would look into what else I could do besides just get mad, like become a better debater. The book I mentioned is written by Suzette Haden Elgin, PhD who is a linguist and the author of a series of books a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Furl%3Dsearch-alias%253Dus-stripbooks-tree%26field-keywords%3Dthe%2Bgentle%2Bart%2Bof%2Bself%2Bdefense%26x%3D0%26y%3D0%26ih%3D7_13%5F6%5F2%5F1%5F1%5F0%5F0%5F0%5F1.42%5F71%26fsc%3D-1tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=ur2camp=1789creative=9325″ on the gentle art of self defense./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=ur2o=1″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;”/br /br /Instead of straight talk about how to make my points more accurately in speaking, I found the book confusing. Elgin initially speaks in the book about hostile language and if and how it can lead to violence. She seems to think that it does and should be abolished. Later in the book, she seems to say that verbal violence should be a last resort, not a first one. I found the book confusing. br /br /As an aside, I must add that I disagree that hostile language should be abolished. Once you start putting limits on what people can say, you limit their freedom in ways that can actually lead to more violence, it just dwells underground–or like in Communist countries, leads to restrictions on citizens. And it leads to a society where span style=”font-style:italic;”everyone/span is scared to speak, which to me, is worse than random violence once in a while. br /br /She gives tips and examples of how to look at different verbal disagreements and to use techniques, which again seem confusing to diffuse various situations. Initially, she says that men and women span style=”font-style:italic;”are not/span different when it comes to language, but later says that the majority of American males operate on the metaphor “LIFE IS A FOOTBALL” while the majority of American women use the metaphor “LIFE IS A TRADITIONAL SCHOOLROOM.” Apparently, men say stuff that might seem like a lie but is fine if used on the football field, like pretending you have the ball when you don’t etc. And women see telling lies or other exaggerations as a lie that warrants punishment.br /br /I’m now more confused than ever about how to handle hostile verbal interactions after reading this book. br /br /Any suggestions for a good book on how to handle political or hot topic arguments?
Sworn affidavits from Hans A. von Spakovsky and Karl Bowers, who worked with J. Christian Adams in the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, offer broad confirmation of the whistleblower's accusations of bias in enforcing voting rights.
A group of more than 90 Israelis wounded by Hezbollah rockets during the 2006 war is suing Al-Jazeera for $1.2 billion. See the full report on PJTV.
span style=”font-style:italic;”New York Times/span: a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/health/13mind.html?_r=3scp=1sq=richard%20Friedman%20mdst=cse”"When good parents plant bad seeds”/a (hat tip: a href=”http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2010/07/when-good-parents-have-bad-children.html”Had enough therapy? blog/a):br /br /blockquoteFor years, mental health professionals were trained to see children as mere products of their environment who were intrinsically good until influenced otherwise; where there is chronic bad behavior, there must be a bad parent behind it.br /br /But while I do not mean to let bad parents off the hook — sadly, there are all too many of them, from malignant to merely apathetic — the fact remains that perfectly decent parents can produce toxic children……br /br /For better or worse, parents have limited power to influence their children. That is why they should not be so fast to take all the blame — or credit — for everything that their children become. /blockquotebr /br /If you are a parent with a “toxic child,” I recommend reading Joshua Coleman’s book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061148431?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0061148431″span style=”font-style:italic;”When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don’t Get Along./span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0061148431″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /
CNBC:a href=”http://www.cnbc.com/id/38148092?slide=1″ States with the highest cost of living./a Note that most of them are left-leaning.
Did you ever have an a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000J0HG?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B00000J0HG”Etch A Sketch Magic Screen?/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B00000J0HG” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / It was one of my favorite toys as a kid and today Etch A Sketch turns 50! The span style=”font-style:italic;”Telegraph/span a href=”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/7885062/Etch-A-Sketch-turns-50-amazing-art-created-with-the-drawing-toy.html”has some amazing artwork here./abr /br /Anyone else love playing with this toy as a kid or even now?