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Cairo Exclusive: Roger L. Simon’s Interview with ‘Sandmonkey’

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 - by Roger L Simon

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“Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey”.

The man who wrote those words – the witty and courageous Egyptian blogger “Sandmonkey” – is currently in hiding in his native city of Cairo, moving from one friend’s apartment to another, as supporters of Hosni Mubarak pursue him and other democracy demonstrators.

I had been trying to reach “Sandmonkey” – who has written for PJ Media – ever since the demonstrations broke out, because I suspected he would be in the thick of things. But as most know, the Internet was cut in Egypt until Wednesday.

When I finally got through to him late Wednesday night Pacific time, I discovered that, boy, were my suppositions ever correct. “Sandmonkey” was indeed in the thick of things and his on-the-ground observations that I recorded in this Skype audio interview were in many ways surprising and contradicted what we are hearing in our media.

Some of things that you will hear in more detail in the interview are reassuring, but others decidedly not. On the reassuring side, “Sandmonkey” says the the Muslim Brotherhood is not a heavy presence at the demonstrations and that for the last four years they have been in a weakened position in Egypt, the least powerful of five Islamic organizations (although the most violent).

Also heartening is that he says that there are no leaders for the movement, not Mahmoud ElBaradei or anybody else.

Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t sound much like an Egyptian version of the Tea Party. Mubarak isn’t going away and it’s getting more bloodthirsty by the day. “Sandmonkey” sounded bleak. He said that only America can help at this point by fully backing the demonstrators against Mubarak. “Does America stand for its ideals or does it stand for its interests?” he asked.

On that score, he doesn’t like Obama. But guess what? He liked George Bush!

Have a listen. We’ll be back in contact with “Sandmonkey” soon.

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PJM Political: All Good Things…

Saturday, January 1st, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

PJM Political sadly concludes its run, with a look back at the man of the year of 2010, and highlights from the show's guests over the past three years.

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PJM Political 12/25/10: Christmas in Poliwood

Saturday, December 25th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

A special Christmas-themed edition of PJTV's Poliwood, featuring Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd. Plus the return of the prodigal blogger, Bill Whittle, to the virtual set of Trifecta. And Joe Hicks on the Pigford Settlement. Hosted by the VodkaPundit himself, Stephen Green.

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PJM Political 12/18/10: ObamaCare on the Ropes?

Sunday, December 19th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Host and Vodkapundit Stephen Green talks with Sen. Orrin Hatch on the future of ObamaCare and the Democrats' lame duck machinations. Plus Glenn Reynolds, Peter Suderman of Reason magazine, Zo Rachel, Scott "Scrappleface" Ott, and more!

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PJM Political 12/11/10: Who’s Inside Your Wallet?

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Jim Meigs of Popular Mechanics on the dangers of the Web; Andy McCarthy on Wikileaks; Roger and Lionel on the Oscars; plus Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN, pictured) all stop by this week's show. Hosted by the Vodkapundit, Stephen Green.

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PJM Political 12/4/10: The Smell of Napalm

Saturday, December 4th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd on legendary actor Robert Duvall. Glenn Reynolds on the TSA. Mickey Kaus on California and the midterms. And Ross Douthat on American exceptionalism. Hosted by that exceptional mixologist, Vodkapundit Stephen Green.

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PJM Political 11/27/10: Out to Sea

Saturday, December 4th, 2010 - 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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Ricochet at Sea: An Interview with Rob Long and James Lileks

Thursday, November 25th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Taken from this weekend's upcoming edition of PJM Political, and recorded onboard Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship during the National Review Post-Election Cruise, Ed Driscoll talks with Rob Long and James Lileks of

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PJM Political 11/20/10: At the Intersection of Tea and Hollywood

Saturday, November 20th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Where do the Tea Parties, Hollywood, General Motors, and gay rights go after the midterms? Find out from this week's show, hosted by the Vodkapundit, Stephen Green.

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Gray Lady Down: An Interview with Author William McGowan

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

How the New York Times went off the rails, and what its myriad woes mean for the rest of the American news industry.

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PJM Political 11/13/10: NYT Down; Women, Children, Olbermann Hardest Hit

Saturday, November 13th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

The New York Times goes off the rails, MSNBC sends their franchise player to the penalty box for the weekend, and the Vodkapundit has five questions for James Lileks, all on this week's show.

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PJM Political 11/6/10: The Morning After the Night Before

Saturday, November 6th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Stephen Kruiser, James Lileks and Scott Ott join host and Vodkapundit Steve Green to wrap-up the midterms; Glenn Reynolds interviews David Horowitz; everybody wonders if there's still any hope left for California.

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PJM Political 10/30/10: Monster Chiller Pre-Election Theater!

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Berrry scary stuff, boys and girls! But which will be more chilling, Halloween on Sunday, or the elections on Tuesday? Find out from your host, Count Vodkapundit!

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PJM Political 10/23/10: The Liberal Cocoon and its Discontents

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

From Juan Williams' shock firing from NPR, to gerrymandering, to disenfranchisement of military voters, it's all about building the liberal cocoon and how new media is breaking its bonds, on this week's edition of PJM Political, hosted by the Vodkapundit, Stephen Green.

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Hugh Hewitt at BlogWorld 2010: ‘The Blog Revolution Is Over’

Monday, October 18th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Hugh Hewitt on what happens next in the Blogosphere — and in Congress after November; plus a chat with BlogWorld CEO and founder Rick Calvert.

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PJM Political 10/16/10: Political Mad Men

Sunday, October 17th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Host Steve Green, Scott Ott, and Alfonzo Rachel grade the best and worst ads from the midterms. Plus Glenn Reynolds, Mary Katharine Ham, James Lileks, and more!

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From Cronkite to Katrina: Why the MSM Keeps Getting It Wrong

Sunday, October 10th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Taken from this week's PJM Political, Ed Driscoll's full 17-minute interview with W. Joseph Campbell, former AP reporter and author of Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism.

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PJM Political 10/9/10: What’s the Carbon Footprint of the MSM’s Memory Hole?

Saturday, October 9th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Glenn Reynolds, Roger L. Simon, and James Lileks join host Steve Green this week, along with author W. Joseph Campbell on the media's biggest myths.

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What are the Rules for Radical Conservatives?

Monday, October 4th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Taken from this week's edition of PJM Political, Ed Driscoll interviews Michael Walsh, the editor of Andrew Breitbart's Big Website about his new book, Rules for Radical Conservatives: Beating the Left at Its Own Game to Take Back America.

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PJM Political 10/2/10: Radical Conservatives, Then and Now

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Join Vodkapundit Stephen Green and his guests, Claire Berlinski on Margaret Thatcher, Michael Walsh on Rules for Radical Conservatives, James Lileks, and much more!

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PJM Political 09/25/10: It’s Time to Play Tea Party Feud!

Saturday, September 25th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Survey says...that Steve Green will be joined this week by Glenn Reynolds, Rand Simberg, James Lileks, Stephen Kruiser, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), Joe Hicks, Deroy Murdock, Allen Barton, and Hans von Spakovsky.

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David Limbaugh on Barack Obama’s Crimes Against Liberty

Monday, September 20th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Ed Driscoll's 20-minute, full length interview with David Limbaugh about his new, best-selling book, Crimes Against Liberty:An Indictment of President Barack Obama.

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PJM Political 9/18/10: Selling Tea to New Castle

Saturday, September 18th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Vodkapundit Stephen Green and James Lileks take on Delaware, that exciting new hotbed of politics. Ed Driscoll interviews David Limbaugh and Blog World's Rick Calvert. Glenn Reynolds talks with pollster Scott Rasmussen. And more!

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PJM Political 09/11/10: Crossing the Rubicon, November in Sight

Saturday, September 11th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

James Lileks, Roger L. Simon, Lionel Chetwynd, Joe Hicks, Bryan Preston, Stephen Kruiser, Mattie Fein (pictured), and Ed Driscoll on today's show, hosted by Steve Green, the Vodkapundit!

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PJM Political 09/04/10: Dismantling the Dismantling of America

Saturday, September 4th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Thomas Sowell stops by to discuss his new book, Dismantling America, with producer Ed Driscoll. Plus Glenn Reynolds on the higher education bubble, Bill Whittle on "Star Hustler" Jack Horkheimer, and more. Hosted by the Vodkapundit, Steve Green!

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