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Every week day a book excerpt, video, news story or some combination thereof to provoke spirited debate on controversial subjects. Have an idea you'd like to offer up for discussion? Email PJ Lifestyle's editor Dave Swindle: DaveSwindlePJM [@] Gmail.com
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What Is the Best Thing About Being Human?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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When Is Bad Luck a Good Thing?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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Are You Too Selfish to Raise Children?

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

From the Daily Mail, and don’t you just love those headlines?:

‘I don’t like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women, that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated,’ she said.

Denial: The actress was forced to deny she was pregnant after being pictured on the red carpet in August, appearing to show a bump

‘I don’t think it’s fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t mothering – dogs, friends, friends, children.’

Since her split with husband Brad Pitt in 2005 Anniston has been the focus of intense media scrutiny in the U.S.

Almost every month a celebrity magazine in the US speculates that she is pregnant, getting married or engaged in a row with Angelina Jolie who recently married her ex-husband and has six children.

In August she was forced to issue a denial that she was pregnant after photos of her on the red carpet appeared to show a slight bulge in her dress.

What do you think? Does a career as a celebrated actress equal the life of a parent? Can’t one do both?

Bonus question: what is your favorite Jennifer Aniston movie?

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Can It Ever Be Rational To Be Evil?

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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What Is The One Thought You Should Never Have?

Friday, December 12th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

See the complete collection of 10 Commandment videos here.

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Why Is Lying On Behalf of Good Causes So Destructive?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

See the tenth commandment explained here.

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Does the Bible Support Slavery?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

See the ninth commandment here.

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Why Is Prohibiting Adultery Essential To Building Civilization?

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

See the eighth commandment here.

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What Is the Difference Between Murder and Killing?

Monday, December 8th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

See the seventh commandment here.

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What Is the Difference Between Honoring and Loving Your Parents?

Sunday, December 7th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

Click here for Prager’s explanation of the sixth commandment.

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Why Should You Take a Sabbath Every Week?

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

Click here to see the explanation of the fifth commandment

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Why Is Misusing God’s Name The Worst Sin You Can Commit?

Friday, December 5th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

Click here for the next in the series, the fourth commandment.

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What Does #GamerGate Mean?

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

Also see: Why the #GamerGate Story Is So Boring

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Which Commandment Do You Believe Is the Most Important?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

Click here for the next video in the series.

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Which Value System Do You Regard As Superior to the 10 Commandments?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

The introduction to an extraordinary new series:

Next, see the first commandment explained here.

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What Is The Truth About Thanksgiving?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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Should Geeky Men Pursue ‘Little Miss Real Life’ Or Click Over to ‘Jane Pornstar’?

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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Yesterday Dr. Helen asked “Geeks on Strike?” in response to a reader emailing about the recent “Gamergate” and “Shirtgate” media controversies. She agreed with the writer who said, “Possibly it is that a substantial percentage of geeks (of which I’m a proud member), have gone on strike, resent these intrusions, and don’t have the social conditioning to make nice.”

Helen then excerpted from her excellent book Men On Strike, quoting from blogger Vox Day who put the question in striking terms:

I probably have a unique perspective on it due to my connections to the young guys in the gaming industry. It’s bizarre how some of them are in their twenties, have graduated from good schools, and have simply zero interest in women. They just have literally nothing in common with them and no interest in them.

The “strike” theory is generally correct, I think. The problem is that games and porn are entertaining, inexpensive, easily accessible, and reliable. Women can be entertaining, but they’re expensive, inaccessible for most men, and from the male perspective, shockingly unreliable. I would say that porn has raised the bar somewhat—it’s bound to be seriously annoying when Little Miss Real Life won’t give head when Jane Pornstar is twice as hot and is cheerfully performing all sorts of acrobatic stunts. And if you think about it, is a real woman who is average and only wants to have missionary-style sex once a week, minus a week for her period, actually any better than a wide variety of gorgeous porn stars catering to every bizarre fetish the Japanese can imagine and available on demand? It’s not quite so clear once you put it in those terms. The biggest communication problem is that most women see “relationship” as a positive thing. Most men see it as an ambiguous thing.

Read the rest of Helen’s post at her blog here to get her take. What do you think? Should all men be encouraged to pursue marriage? Do women need to change to adapt to “Jane Pornstar”? Do men need to adjust their bedroom expectations?

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How Much Longer Until We Get Bacon-Flavored Broccoli?

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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Is The Customer Always Right?

Monday, November 17th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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Under What Circumstances Should We Go to War?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

An excerpt from page 251 of an extraordinary new book illuminating one of the most important Jewish philosophers and why he positioned an explanation of the Noahide laws in the section of Mishneh Torah titled “Laws Concerning Kings”:

Page 251 of #Maimonides Life and Thought by Moshe Halbertal on when it's necessary to go to #war

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Who Is the World’s Most Persecuted Religious Minority?

Monday, November 10th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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The Progressive Income Tax: Which Side Is ‘Greedy’?

Saturday, November 8th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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Is It Funny to Joke About A Political Victory As Akin to Rape?

Thursday, November 6th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

Via Mediaite today: Stewart Tackles GOP’s ‘Tectonic Skullf*cking,’ Sh*t-Eating Grins at Fox

Jon Stewart kicked off tonight’s Daily Show going over the “tectonic skullf*cking” the Republicans delivered to the Democrats, as well as the sea of sh*t-eating grins at Fox News.

How good a night was it for Republicans? Well, as Stewart explained, the Blue Man Group is now the Red Man Group, Blue’s Clues is now Red’s Clues, and the only thing Democrats still have left to their name is blue balls.

And as for Fox News, well, Stewart said they were happy enough to betray “grins capable of eating massive amounts of shit.”

Here’s the logo that the Daily Show dreamed up to symbolize the Republican electoral victory on Tuesday:

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Do you find this idea funny? Is forcing someone to perform oral sex against their will ever comical to you? Why?

Related story from the past few weeks about the sad downfall of the Honey Boo Boo reality TV show, at Radio Fox News: “Honey Boo Boo’s Sister: Mama Spent My Trust Fund On Child Molester’s Car”

At the Daily Mail today: “Honey Boo Boo shared hotel bed with her sister’s molester and Mama June, Uncle Poodle claims

Honey Boo Boo shared a hotel bed with her sister’s childhood molester and Mama June, her uncle has claimed. 

Lee ‘Uncle Poodle’ Thompson told the National Enquirer that he saw his nine-year-old niece Honey Boo Boo, whose real name is Alana Thompson, cuddling her mother and Mark McDaniel during a trip to Cherokee, North Carolina in September.

McDaniel, 53, is accused of repeatedly molesting Honey Boo Boo’s older sister Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell, now 20, when she was just eight.

McDaniel, then Mama June’s boyfriend, served 10 years behind bars and was released in March, and he has been rumored to be seeing the ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ matriarch again.

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What Do You Predict for Marijuana Laws & Culture In the Next 10 Years?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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From USA Today: “Where America landed on marijuana”

While Florida voters narrowly rejected a plan to legalize medical marijuana, voters in Washington, D.C., Oregon, and Alaska approved recreational pot posession and use by adults

And in Guam, voters legalized medical marijuana use, according to initial returns showing Proposal 14A passing with more than half of the vote.

Supporters say the legalization wins indicate voters think America’s pot prohibition is a failure, especially since non-presidential elections tend to draw an older, more conservative electorate. Twenty-three states and the nation’s capital already permit medical marijuana. Tuesday’s vote means Washington, D.C., Alaska and Oregon join Colorado and Washington in allowing adults to posses and consume marijuana just for fun.

At the Daily Beast on Tuesday: “Judge Could Smash Marijuana Law

Three states, one district, and two cities will vote on various aspects of the nation’s drug laws on Tuesday but the most crucial marijuana decision being weighed in the coming days will be made by just one person. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller could be about to start a legal revolution.

After a five-day hearing in California, she is considering the validity of the science surrounding pot’s classification as one of the most dangerous drugs in the world.

In May, she became the first judge in decades to agree to hear evidence relating to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s classification of marijuana which puts it in the same category as heroin and meth. Over the next few weeks, Mueller will comb through hundreds of pages of witness testimony, scientific research, and public health policy to determine whether the Schedule I Substance classification of marijuana is unconstitutional.

Her ruling will only apply in the specific case she is hearing, but some argue that a first judicial ruling against the legality of the DEA’s current drug classifications would invite a flood of similar legal challenges all over the country.

What would you like to see happen? What do you intend to support or oppose? What are the worst and best case scenarios?

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