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What Do the Words ‘Liberal’ and ‘Conservative’ Mean To You?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

"The problem of the last 20 years is that people think that 'liberal' and 'conservative' mean something." - Camille Paglia in 1991, page 250 of Sex, Art, and American Culture

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Which is More Rational: Belief in God or Atheism?

Monday, April 7th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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What Dance Was Most Controversial When You Were Young?

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

The waltz was once a very controversial dance. Excerpt from Page 284 of Dr. Richard Lewinsohn's A #History of Sexual Customs, page 284 - a fascinating book from 1956 from a German author I'm really liking.

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How Did Benjamin Franklin Organize His Day?

Monday, March 31st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question


Click here to see more. Hat Tip David Kahane.

How does your day look in comparison? What’s the best way to get organized?


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Why Was Karl Marx So Wrong About Religion?

Monday, March 24th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

Why is #KarlMarx dead wrong about religion? Page 9 of Weston La Barre's The #Ghost Dance: Origins of #Religion explains easily. #history #god #Pagan

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What Is Antisemitic Cult Leader Fred Phelps Experiencing Right Now?

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

Pastor Fred Phelps pictured in 1998

USA Today: Fred Phelps, anti-gay Westboro Baptist founder, dies

Fred Phelps Sr., a fierce opponent of homosexuality whose protests at military funerals prompted two federal laws, died early Thursday, his daughter Margie Phelps says. She didn’t give the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care. He was 84.

Phelps headed the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., and was occasionally involved in politics. He gained national prominence for organizing protests against gays and Jews, including at military funerals.

From the ADL:

The Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is a small virulently homophobic, anti-Semitic hate group that regularly stages protests around the country, often several times a week. The group pickets institutions and individuals they think support homosexuality or otherwise subvert what they believe is God’s law.

Incorporated in 1967 as a not-for-profit organization, WBC considers itself an “Old School (or Primitive)” Baptist Church. WBC’s leader is Fred Phelps and several of his children and dozens of his grandchildren appear to constitute the majority of the group’s members. WBC has no official affiliation with mainstream Baptist organizations.

While WBC members have protested at Jewish institutions over the years, such institutions were not a major focus for the group until April 2009. Since then, WBC has targeted dozens of Jewish institutions around the country, from Israeli consulates to synagogues to Jewish community centers, distributing anti-Semitic fliers to announce planned protests at these sites. WBC has also been sending volumes (in some cases dozens over the course of a week) of faxes and emails with anti-Semitic and anti-gay messages to various Jewish institutions and individuals.

In addition, in April 2010, the group began mailing a virulently anti-Semitic DVD to Jewish organizations and leaders. The DVD also attacks President Obama, describing him as the anti-Christ, and is filled with anti-gay and anti-Catholic vitriol.


Kathy Shaidle, September 13, 2011: Ever seen those ‘God Hates Fags’ guys and wondered: why doesn’t somebody mess with those mo-fos?

Well, guess what I did at the WTC?

If you were born in the middle of the 1960s, the Manson family imprinted themselves on your brain.

The girls looked like this.

I finally saw, up close, those (registered Democrat) Fred Phelps “family” members, with their “God Hates Fags” signs, outside the WTC memorial ceremony.

We wandered over to the location, knowing it was invitation only, but got as close as we could to the loudspeakers and giant TV, outside of Brown Brothers Harriman.

So did the Phelps gang.

They are the Manson girls.

I am not joking.

Same long straight brown hair, although mostly casually “up” in ponytails that morning.

And worst: the same creepy, post-orgasmic, beatific smile of every gnostic heretic; the one that says, “I know something you don’t know: God loves me SO much more than you.”


The cops told them to pack up. They put their signs back into the extra large black artist portfolio cases I now know they carry them in.

And the cops herded them away. Right past me.

So I stuck out my foot and tripped one of the girls.

Yeah, it felt fabulous.

She recovered herself, put her weird “I’m in a cult” smile back on and said, “Ha! Subtle!”

(This from a chick who’d been holding a “You will eat your babies” (?) sign.)

Her friend behind her, this old hag who looked like if the school librarian who’d been trapped in a fire, got in my face and with the most twisted expression you can imagine growled:

“You’ll go to hell for all your violence!”

“See you there,” I managed to croak.

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images via The Guardian and ADL

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What Role Did the Crusades and the Church Play in the Spread of Prostitution?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

What role did the Crusades and the Church play in the spread of prostitution? Surprises... Page 145 of Dr. Richard Lewinshown's A History of Sexual Customs, published 1958. #war #crusade #christianity #history #church #prostitution

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Should Snake Oil Salesmen Go to Jail? For 10 Years?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question


Fox News: TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for bilking customers

CHICAGO –  Best-selling author Kevin Trudeau, whose name became synonymous with late-night TV pitches, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for bilking consumers through ubiquitous infomercials for his book, “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About.”

As he imposed the sentence prosecutors had requested, U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman portrayed the 50-year-old Trudeau as a habitual fraudster going back to his early adulthood. So brazen was Trudeau, the judge said, he once even used his own mother’s Social Security number in a scheme.

“Since his 20s, he has steadfastly attempted to cheat others for his own gain,” Guzman said, adding that Trudeau is “deceitful to the very core.”

Daily Mail: Best-selling author Kevin Trudeau jailed for TEN YEARS as judge calls him an ‘uncontrollable huckster’ for selling fake weight loss tips

He sold more than 850,000 copies of the weight-loss book, generating $39 million in revenue, prosecutors say. And the judge agreed with prosecutors that the amount of loss stemming from Trudeau’s deception was more than $37 million — nearly the amount in revenue.

But in remarks Monday asking for a sentence of less than two years for his client, defense attorney Tom Kirsch said the harm Trudeau caused was minor compared to fraud in which some people are cheated out of their life savings.

‘A 10-year sentence might be appropriate for a defendant who destroyed lives,’ Kirsch said. ‘(But) Trudeau — if he swindled anyone — swindled them out of $30 (the price of the book).’

His claims include: ‘The sun does not cause cancer. Sun block has been shown to cause cancer.’

Another one of his statements is that Aids is ‘one of the greatest hoaxes and deceptions ever perpetrated on the American public’.



image via USA Today

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What Did Your Parents Most Want You To Be?

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

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What Does It Mean To Be a Righteous Man In Today’s America?

Friday, March 14th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

What does it mean to be a righteous man in America today? Question of the day. #manhood #masculinity #God #men #women

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What is the Best Way to Read?

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

Yesterday morning at this month's library #book sale I spent $20.50 and acquired these 10 finds - all hardbacks, ranging in price from 1-2.50 each. #Apple #ForbiddenKnowledge #Film #hate #founders #dog #Jefferson #Washington #Hamilton The wife was disappointed there weren't as many art books this month. Maybe next time...

Sitting amidst his book piles, PJ Lifestyle Editor Dave Swindle ponders after reading Hannah Sternberg’s post about the future of reading in a world where apps promise to increase the speed:

If you have say, a 200-page novel or nonfiction book, what is the best way to read it in order to understand it?

1. Read the whole book in one sitting, even if it takes hours? Is it important to read a book in one go?

2. Read it in, four, 50-page chunks over a couple of days?

3. Read one of its 10-page chapters each day and finish in about 3 weeks?

4. Read two pages each day and finish in about 3 months. Would marinating on the ideas slowly ofter that much time help?

5. Read one 40 page chunk at the start of each week and finish in 5 weeks? What about focusing on a single section at a time?

Or how does this change when the book becomes much larger? What about reading 400, 600, 1000-page novels too? Is it better to savor it

My tentative answer: in some cases, some books might require multiple readings. The first read could be quick and focused and then a follow-up read more leisurely. Or likewise it might be best to take a year with a single book as a daily companion then once done read it straight through to make new connections. What do you think?

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Timothy Leary Vs. Bill Clinton: Who Inflicted More Harm?

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

Who damaged America more: Timothy Leary or Bill Clinton? #history #ideology #counterculture #questionoftheday

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What Will Barack Obama Be Doing 10 Years from Now?

Friday, March 7th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

"Reject and repudiate fraudulent, sly, underhanded, or illegal practices. Woe unto one who builds his edifice on such dealings. He will be abandoned in the prime of his life, and his end will be disgraceful." - Maimonides, as quoted on page 78 of Hoffman's The #Wisdom of #Maimonides The Life and Writings of the #Jewish #Sage

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How Many Women’s Lives Did The Clintons Destroy?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

How many women's lives have been ruined by Bill and Hillary Clinton? Excerpt from page 75 of #AnnCoulter book High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton. #Democrats #crime #women #feminism

1 Kings 11:2-13

How Solomon destroyed himself 1 Kings 11:2-13 #history #religion #god #idolatry #polygamy

Judges 2:6-17

"They forsook the Lord and worshipped the Baal and the Ashtaroth." Judges 2:13 #God #bible #prophecy #history

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Did the Arab Empire Invent Islam?

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

Was Islam manufactured just to unify the Arab empire? Politically incorrect questions... #history #religion #war #god #empire #secular

Page 63 of Did Muhammad Exist?:

Reminder: #Muhammad is as historical as #MickeyMouse and was invented for the same purpose... #empire. Page 63 of Robert Spencer's Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam's Obscure Origins #religion #history #God #truth #Christianity #atheist #secular

Page 208 of Did Muhammad Exist?:

"The realm of political theology, then, offers the most plausible explanation for the creation of #Islam #muhammad and the #Quran." - page 208 of Robert Spencer's amazing Did Muhammad Exist? #history #truth #god #religion #empire #war

Page 338 of Disinformation:

"Marxism was such a raw, ill-defined and malleable system of government that one could make if it whatever one wished." -Pacepa and Rychlak, excerpt from #disinformation page 338 #history #marxism

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Which Books Did Ronald Reagan Read?

Friday, February 28th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House by Tevi Troy. #Book that just arrived I am excited to read and review! #history #freedom #America #siberianhusky

What books did #RonaldReagan read? Excerpt from page 196 of Tevi Troy's What Jefferson Read. #history #conservative

On the to-read list: Wealth and Poverty by George Gilder

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What Are the Best Books to Read to Understand the Clintons?

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question


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What Are Your Favorite Classic Hollywood Movies?

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

A photo from PJ Lifestyle contributor Chris Yogerst’s Facebook, along with the comment, “Here is my glamorous view of dissertation research!!”


Chris writes on film and media for PJ Lifestyle and teaches at Concordia University in Wisconsin. These books are from his dissertation research for his Ph.D.


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Why Do Republicans Love Dark Chocolate More Than Democrats?

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


Via Policy Mic: M&M’s or Skittles? Here’s What Your Favorite Candy Says About Your Politics


Pollsters Jennifer Dube and Will Feltus of National Media Research, Planning and Placement LLP previous charted the politics of beer and Americans’ favorite TV shows. Now on Valentine’s Day week, they’ve released this chart showing whether Americans’ political preferences have any bearing on their favorite sweets.

This chart, though, isn’t as easy to decipher as their previous work on brands that marketed themselves as lifestyle choices (like hybrid cars, or Budweiser and Chik-fil-A). When’s the last time you saw candy marketed as a way to reinvent yourself?

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How Can America Overcome The Debt Crisis?

Monday, February 24th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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VIDEO: Which of These 4 New Arguments to Believe In God Do You Find Most Compelling?

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

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What Are the 5 Best Films In the Disney Animated Canon?

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

PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle offers his initial picks, in preparation for a longer, more in-depth list post eventually. Photographed amidst some of the books on history, religion, ideology, culture, and technology on his reading list:

What are the 5 best #disney animated films? I am counting down my picks. 5: Beauty and the Beast

5. Beauty and the Beast

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Which Fast Food Is Your Guilty Pleasure?

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


Nigel Slater at the Guardian: why Big Macs are my guilty pleasure:

My walk of shame is more of a ravenous dash. An excited run to the parked car. Yes, it is about the three layers of bun, the two thin beef patties and the secret sauce (oh God, the sauce) but so, so much more. The soft rustle of warm paper as I slip my hand deep into the bag and slowly pull out the chunky waxed box. The almost imperceptible click as I unhook the cardboard seal of the crass red and white carton and the salty rustle as I tip the fries into the lid. The wisp of stray lettuce. The warm, soft cushion of dough in my fingers. The peeking gherkin. The excited dribble of sauce between patty and bun. But more even than that. It’s the gorgeous, tingling luxury of instant gratification.

All comfort food is about timing. Get it wrong – too soon, too late, too often – and it misses the point. To be truly comforted you need, briefly, to be in a bad place. That slightly out-of-body feeling of extreme tiredness, low blood sugar, lost, away from home. In truth I have wolfed the Big Mac everywhere from Stockholm to Stoke-on-Trent. Hottest was Stockholm, where the fries almost burnt our lips and the bun was gold rather than beige. The most satisfying was at a fast food cathedral just off the motorway this summer, a salad dodger’s nirvana boasting everything from a Domino’s Pizza to an outpost of KFC. We didn’t possess the shiny manmade fibres and luminous trainers to eat in, so ran through the torrential rain back to our rented car, its windows lashed by the torrential rain. Ten minutes later, still licking our lips, we were back on the road, briefly satisfied, the windows fugged up and dripping with condensation.


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Coulter Vs. Krauthammer: Whose Version of Conservatism Is Better?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question



PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle: “I finished Krauthammer’s column collection this morning and it reinforced my view of him as the most overrated of conservative columnists. The differences between his tradition of Fox News corporatist conservatism and Coulter’s crusading activist conservatism are much clearer. In a future piece I’ll explain the specific differences but first I’m curious for the views of PJM’s readers.”

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