POLITICS: The Return of the Axis of Evil (Iran,Syria), China: The First Mature Fascist State, How mass murder gets a pass

January 21, 2011

Fmr. P.M. Tony Blair Testifies

  • President Obama and Jeffrey Immelt

    President Obama and Jeffrey Immelt

    President Obama traveled to upstate New York to visit General Electric’s largest energy division and delivered remarks on the economy.  He was joined by GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, who this morning was named chairman of the new White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. The Council will replace the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, headed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

    The president talked about the state of the economy, his administration’s energy incentives, global competitiveness, and the need for more U.S. exports to help expand the economy. More »

  • House Democrats Hold Retreat; Vice President to Speak

    Focus on Jobs and Economy

    Updated 49 min. ago



    House Democrats are holding  caucus meetings in Cambridge, Maryland today.  They will hold a series of closed door meetings followed tonight by a visit by President Obama.  These meetings are typically held in order to craft an agenda for the upcoming Congressional session.

    There leadership held  a news conference this morning which was followed by remarks by Vice President Biden this afternoon. These are the only events today that are open for media coverage.  The retreat began yesterday and is scheduled to last through Saturday.  More »

Year after ruling: Right gloats, left vows fight

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From left to right, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's watch as Dal LaMagna, of IceStone, signs a business statement on behalf of supporting U.S. companies and business leaders to form Business for Democracy, a campaign opposing unlimited corporate spending in public elections, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, in Washington. | Photo by Nick Wass/AP Images for Business for Democracy

Military under the gun of LGBT activists

poll vote button 2A Christian attorney Matt Barber says the radical “transgender” activists’ push for clearance to serve in the military could awaken America to the dangers of allowing people living alternate lifestyles to wear the uniform.

School, astronomer settle hiring dispute

The University of Kentucky and an astronomy professor have reached a settlement after the school was sued for depriving the astronomer of a job because of his Christian beliefs.

Charter schools expanding

video icon buttonAs cash-strapped school districts lay off teachers and close campuses, publicly funded charter schools are flourishing and altering the landscape of public education.

Activist: Ala. governor NOT anti-Semitic

Alabama’s new governor has come under criticism by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League for expressing his faith.

Bauer: Don’t expect Obama to move to center

Conservative activist Gary Bauer predicts President Obama’s higher approval numbers will be short-lived as the 2012 election cycle nears.

How mass murder gets a pass

Michelle Malkin smallvideo icon buttonThe case of abortionist Kermit Gosnell is no anomaly. It’s the logical, bloodcurdling consequence of an evil, eugenics-rooted enterprise wrapped in feminist clothing.

Border no longer a hindrance

A Kentucky appellate court has ruled that out-of-state minors can cross its state lines for a judge’s permission to have an abortion without parental notification.

British gov’t wants competition in healthcare

A physician and a health policy expert weigh in on a proposal in the U.K. to allow competition in the healthcare system.

Challenges to Medicaid cuts on docket

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to review California’s proposal to cut Medicaid reimbursements for doctors and other health providers to ease the state’s budget deficit.

TMLC responds to pro-sharia ruling

A law firm that defends and promotes Christian heritage and moral values plans to appeal a federal judge’s decision to dismiss the constitutional challenge to the U.S. government’s bailout of AIG.

‘Telemed’ acceptable? Say it’s not so…

Iowa’s medical board has decided to discard a pro-life group’s request to investigate “telemed” abortions, so Operation Rescue is exploring additional steps to fight the high-tech abortion method.

Debt, suicide increase in India

A recent study reveals a staggering number of Indian farmers committed suicide last year because of desperate economic and agricultural conditions.

Americans United ‘out to destroy America’

An organization that works to enforce the principle of church-state separation throughout the nation is challenging yet another government body over a county courthouse display.

France’s ‘Far Right’ Gathering Support … on the Left

by John Rosenthal

New National Front leader Marine Le Pen is riding high in the polls. And the French Socialists are concerned.

Israel’s Left Cracks Up

by Barry Rubin

Will Netanyahu emerge stronger from this pivotal moment?

China: The First Mature Fascist State

by Michael Ledeen

For nearly ten years, I have been arguing that China may well be the first example of a mature fascism in power. The highest praise imaginable has been bestowed on this theory, by the People’s Republic itself.

ObamaCare DOA in the Senate? Not so Fast …

by Bryan Preston

Repeal’s chances may be better than they seem.

The War Against Palin Goes On and On and …

by Victor Davis Hanson

Palin is scary to the left not so much for 2012, but because she could be around for a long time to come.

Patience Not a Virtue as Our Problems with China Grow

by William Hawkins

Our relationship is based on the notion that China is always right, the U.S. is always wrong, and important problems should be ignored.

Hu Jintao ‘Showing His Tail’: Visit Will Encourage Further Belligerence

by Gordon G. Chang

The White House needs to send out a disinvite. They are feeding Hu’s arrogance and making him more difficult to deal with in the future.

Is Peace Possible in the Middle East?

by David Solway

Forget it. It’s not going to happen.

The Return of the Axis of Evil

by Michael Ledeen

Our enemies are organizing a global alliance against us.

The Post-Tucson Era

by Victor Davis Hanson

Will Obama 2.0 work? Perhaps, especially if conservatives ornate the Clinton ’96 analogy with their own Bob Dole in 2012.

So When Does Saudi Arabia Say Thank You to Israel?

by Claudia Rosett

This is a fitting moment for Riyadh to thank Israel for the Stuxnet computer worm that crippled some of Iran’s uranium enrichment centrifuges. (Also read: “‘Stuxnet’: NYT confirms Simon’s ‘Siemens Connection’”)

Tunisia: The South Is a Desert and the North Is a Garden

by Michael J. Totten

My wife Shelly and I swooned when we visited the country some years ago before it exploded.

In Tunisia, a People March Towards Freedom

by Josh Shahryar

For the first time, protesters topple an Arab dictator.

Is Democracy Cool Again?

by Richard Fernandez

Even the New York Times sees in the departure of the Tunisian president the startling idea that Arabs will not necessarily tolerate tyranny forever.

Introducing…the Tatler (Updated)

by Bryan Preston

Pajamas Media and PJTV’s new group blog.

Health Care Reform: Death by a Thousand Cuts or Repeal and Replace?

by Rich Baehr

Repealing ObamaCare will be a larger undertaking than most realize, and it would help if the GOP had an alternative ready to replace it.

Gov. Rick Perry Blogs the Opening of the Texas Legislature’s 82nd Session at the Tatler

by Gov. Rick Perry

Over at PJM’s new Tatler blog, Texas Gov. Rick Perry joins the fray, blogging the beginning of the Lone Star State’s 82nd legislative session. Gov. Perry will appear in the Tatler once in a while to update us on news and issues of importance to the state and the nation.

Verbal Hodgepodge of Hate at ‘Nonpartisan’ Oakland Vigil for Tucson Victims

by Zombie

At the Tatler: Video and transcript of an emotional moment destroyed by political venom.

Russian Justice Under Putin, Again

by Michael J. Economides

Under Putinocracy, there is not even a disguised attempt to spray a semblance of perfume at the obvious stench of state cruelty.

The Sixties Were Violent in America, Not 2011

by Roger L Simon

In a very real way the media were the secret sharers of the radical left of the 1960s, and their nostalgia for that era dies hard.

Obama — Making It Up as We Go Along

by Victor Davis Hanson

Obama has temporarily jettisoned his liberal agenda for seemingly no agenda.

We Don’t Fetishize the Constitution; We Dread Tyranny

by Stephen Green

Still though, I can’t be the only one who, when constantly accused of fetishizing the Constitution, pictures a very old piece of parchment decked out in a black leather merry widow and stiletto-heeled boots, right?

White House Cowardice: Not a Word Spoken in Defense of Boris Nemtsov

by Kim Zigfeld

The Russian opposition journalist — whom Obama has personally met — did not receive a word of support after his recent jailing for speaking against Putin.

Loughner and How America Treats Its Mentally Ill

by Benjamin Kerstein

I have no sympathy for what Loughner did. Nonetheless, as someone with a mild form of mental illness, I can speak from personal experience about how badly America deals with its mentally ill.

Politics and the Schizophrenic’s Language

by Neo-Neocon

Do mere words have the power to ignite acts such as Saturday’s shooting?

Another Stupid Idea from the Donkey Side of the Aisle

by Roger Kimball

Making language or symbols that are perceived as “threatening” against the law is a bad idea.

Will Conservative Media Elites Defend Lars Hedegaard?

by Andrew G. Bostom

It is long past time for our media figures to pay attention to the “hate speech” prosecutions of our brethren in Denmark.

A Feminist Look at Palin’s Military Jargon

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

The left-wing jabs at the Palin piñata in the wake of a horrible tragedy ought to be enough to convince more Americans of the moral vacuity of the “progressive” community.

How to Turn a Tragedy into an Emetic

by Roger Kimball

A question for the metaphysicians and cultural pathologists: just how low can former-economist Paul Krugman, hysteric-in-chief for the New York Times, go?

Obama’s Irrelevant Bid for Mideast Peace

by Benjamin Kerstein

The status quo hands the president a Mideast defeat.

The Top 15 Immigration Lies

by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

Let’s put our cards on the table and have a nice clean game.

Shooting in Tucson

by Ed Driscoll

A horrific shooting incident on Saturday has left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) critically wounded, Federal Judge John M. Roll and five others dead, and 11 others wounded. For Pajamas Media’s coverage of the incident, don’t miss:

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The Iranian War of All vs. All

by Michael Ledeen

Having lost legitimacy in the eyes of their own people, Iran’s leaders lash out at real and imagined enemies.

‘Michele Bachmann for President’ and Other Strange but True Stories

by Jazz Shaw

She can raise a ton of money and has national name recognition, but has no legislative record and carries a reputation as a bomb thrower.

Meanwhile, Back in Old Media…

by Ed Driscoll

The movie and music industries are both rapidly aging mediums with record low sales in 2010. Aging stars and contempt towards their audiences aren’t helping their woes.

Asleep at the Scalpel

by Theodore Dalrymple

Is it better to have a tired doctor, or no doctor at all?

Debt Ceiling Russian Roulette

by Rick Moran

Senator DeMint wants to play the game with a slight variation: load five chambers with bullets while leaving only one empty, and pull the trigger.

Why the Constitution Is Relevant Today

by Barry Rubin

Those who mock the Constitution have it backwards.

The Outsider

by Richard Fernandez

Without quite realizing it, Western liberals have turned out the lights; they should rightly fear what lurks in the shadow.

Democrats’ New Strategy: Keep the Same Leaders, Defend Their Bad Legislation (Updated)

by Bryan Preston

The Republicans should welcome the fight. UPDATE: Link to the Democrats’ talking points added.

The New PJM ‘Transparency Project’: Questions for Our Readers

by Roger L Simon

President Obama promised his administration would have an “unprecedented level of openness.” Perhaps the readers of PJM and the viewers of PJTV can lend a hand.

New Year’s Leap of Faith

by Claudia Rosett

If my uncertainties about looming healthcare, Internet and environmental regulations are in any way typical, then a lot of working Americans are living with a staggering degree of uncertainty right now.

Israel’s Stand Against Islamism Holds

by P. David Hornik

An outstanding new volume explains the sources of its success.

The Spaghetti Strategy: Advice to Republicans

by Chris Salcedo

A strategy to advance freedom by keeping President Obama and his radical appointees on the defensive.

The Problems and Pitfalls of Child Porn Laws

by Clayton E. Cramer

Laws protecting children may be in need of revision.

When Leftists Rage Against ‘Them’ (UPDATED)

by Victor Davis Hanson

Who is really to blame for wrecking Greece, ruining California, subverting the climate change movement, and discrediting mega-deficit spending? (Update: Don’t miss Ed Driscoll and Richard Fernandez, for their takes on VDH’s latest post.)

How Obama Gets to 270 in 2012

by Myra Adams

It’s all in the math — and the numbers aren’t looking good for the GOP.

PJM Political: All Good Things…

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.

Good Riddance to 2010: What’s Going to Happen in 2011?

by Frank J. Fleming

Amazing predictions of major events that will almost certainly, probably, mostly occur in 2011 unless nothing happens.

‘European Anarchists Grow More Violent, Coordinated’

by Richard Fernandez

Pace the unintentionally ironic USA Today headline quoted above, it is impossible to understand the politics of the Left without grasping that it is all about deniable intimidation.

Happy New Year, Ahmadinejad…from Bristol Farms, Amazon and The Chef’s Warehouse!

by Roger L Simon

Why are big-name American retailers putting money into the hands of the Iranian mullahs?

Sarah for President?

by David Solway

There is probably no one more qualified for the White House than Sarah Palin. But is she electable?

Denis Dutton, R.I.P.

by Roger Kimball

I can remember when 66 seemed almost venerable. It seems absurdly young now for the editor of the renowned Arts & Letters Daily website to have passed away this week.

Democrats Force ‘Birther’ Issue to Rise Again: What Gives?

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

I believe that the president was born in Hawaii. But am I the only curious cat who thinks it’s rather odd for that state’s newly-elected governor, plus Chris Matthews of MSNBC, both liberal Democrats, to have just forced the “Birther” issue to rise again?

The Ground Zero Mosque’s Imam: Now On Tour!

by Ryan Mauro

Brace yourself for a slick sensitivity roadshow.

Is There a Cure for Liberalism?

by Bryan Preston

Yet another study says biology may lurk in our political beliefs.

Is the Three-Day Holiday a Right?

by Michael Swartz

Roll back the government worker three-day weekend bonanza.

The Obamas Police Food and Football (Updated)

by Bryan Preston

Why their comments on Michael Vick and school lunches make us queasy.

How Did All That Happen?

by Victor Davis Hanson

How did villains become heroes, global warming become “climate change,” and the most liberal senator become a “bipartisan” president?

Question Insanity: What to Ask Progressives

by Oleg Atbashian

An ex-Soviet immigrant goes Socratic on his liberal American critics.

PJM Political: Christmas in Poliwood

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.

Exclusive PJ Institute Video: ‘The Holocaust Would Not Have Happened Without People Like Him’

Special undercover interviews of a Nazi officer, one of Himmler’s inner circle, who was at the trigger point of the Holocaust in 1941. This exclusive video is from the PJ Institute, the education and research arm of Pajamas Media and PJTV.

WikiLeaks Cables Confirm Worst Fears of Climate Skeptics

by Charlie Martin

Domestic political considerations far outweighed any scientific basis for the Copenhagen Accord.

It’s the Jews, Stupid! (What Was the Question?)

by Michael Ledeen

Trying to get to the bottom of this week’s events, with the aid of a Ouija board.

Sarah, She Wolf of the GOP

by Zombie

Is the reason liberals obsess about Sarah Palin their need to be dominated in a psycho-sexual way?

Former PJM DC Editor to Washington Post

by Ed Driscoll

Congratulations to Jennifer Rubin, formerly of PJM, PJTV, Commentary and the Weekly Standard, now the WaPo’s newest blogger.

‘No Pressure’: Fascistic New Video Red-Lines the Eco-Insanity Meter

by Ed Driscoll

England’s Green Police takes capital punishment for heretical thinking seriously.

Studying the Washington Post and Newsweek Kremlinologist-Style

by Ed Driscoll

Or even Nixonologist-style: a modern-day equivalent of Woodward and Bernstein would have lots of fun tying together all of the strange stories that have circulated recently from the former home of Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham.

Many Students Learn Little to Nothing in College. Surprise?

by Abraham H. Miller

No kidding. The big surprise is that this is news to anybody.

Form Follows Fiasco

by Ed Driscoll

From highly toxic CFL bulbs to high speed rail unsuited to the geography of America, today’s utopian socialist schemes are working out almost as well as the first go-around, when Bauhaus tried to establish a foothold in your house.

China’s Regional Ambitions Threaten U.S. Allies

by Seth Cropsey

Let’s not forget Taiwan, Japan, and other U.S. friends in the region.

In Norway, an Awakening to the Islamist Danger

by Hege Storhaug

Islamists have made no secret of their desire to impose sharia law on the country.

‘Common Sense Gun Laws’ Make a Comeback After Tucson Shooting

by AWR Hawkins

Once again, we hear the old refrain that making it harder for law abiding citizens to purchase guns will make us safer.

Is This the New New Republic?

by Ron Radosh

So much for civility: John B. Judis’ wrongheaded screed against the GOP is illustrated with multiple elephants, rampaging through the capital Godzilla-style. (And don’t miss Ed Driscoll on the new TNR article: “Sleepwalking Through History.”)

How to Appeal to Hispanics: DON’T!

by Chris Salcedo

Jeb Bush is wrong to tell the GOP to reach out to Hispanics or risk permanent defeat.

Are Chinese Mothers Superior?

by Barbara Curtis

Maybe American parents could use some tiger in their tanks.

MEK Is Not Part of the Iranian Opposition!

by Manda Zand Ervin

MEK is a jihadist, communist cult that has killed thousands. The Americans they are reaching out to — including Rudy Giuliani and Tom Ridge — must not be fooled.

The Photograph—Updated, with an Additional Photo

by Michael S. Malone

This past Christmas, thanks to a photograph I received from out of the blue, I was able to turn to my wife and sons and say, “There’s my childhood.” And to tell myself: even though it was nearly a half-century ago, it was real. Update 1/20/11: Per the request of the readers, another photo referenced in the article has been added at end of the piece.

How Bad Does a Nazi Have To Be … To Be Bad?

by Roger L Simon

Himmler’s assistant Bernhard Frank has been living in plain sight in Germany for decades, until Mark Gould got him to talk on camera, in a video now online at the PJ Institute. And yet for some in the American MSM, Gould himself is the story and not Frank.

Free the Dictionary

by Richard Fernandez

CNN, once home to a spirited debate show called Crossfire, apologizes for using the word “crosshairs.” Orwell wouldn’t have been a bit surprised.

Civility Lite: Civil — Yet Robust — Discourse

by John C. Wohlstetter

When someone goes way over the line, reaction will force retraction. But most of the time debate should be “uninhibited, robust and wide open.”

Though Europe Rots, We Must Defend the West

by Alyssa A. Lappen

With free speech under attack, our civilization’s survival is at stake.

Thou Shalt Not! The WaPo’s ‘On Faith’ Blog Spikes a Regular Contributor When He Writes on Islam

by Willis E. Elliott

The following article on Muslim-Christian relations was solicited and then rejected by the Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog. In our continuing interest in freedom of speech, Pajamas Media presents it here. (Also read Roger L. Simon at The Tatler: “The True Islamophobia at the WaPo”)

Celebrity Worship for Wisdom, Fun, and Edification

by Dan Miller

Celebrities and the MSM are awesome! And occasionally fatal.

Can Apple Survive the Second Going of Steve Jobs?

by Stephen Green

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking another medical leave. How long will Jobs be away from his company, and how will it do in his absence?

Al-Qaeda, Wikileaks, and the War on Terror

by Brian Fairchild

Why the Wikileaks document dump must now be considered a key American counterterrorism resource.

Russian Journalist: ‘Violence Is the Price of Freedom.’ Statistics: ‘Uh, No.’

by Kim Zigfeld

A state-sponsored Russian journalist asks a propaganda-tinged question of Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Gibbs fumbles the answer.

The Dishonesty of Paul Krugman and Frank Rich

by Ron Radosh

The truth is something we can no longer expect from the leftist columnists at the New York Times.

High Drama, Low Comedy in Illinois Tax Follies

by Rick Moran

A 67% increase in personal income taxes and a whopping increase in business tax rates were rammed through by a lame duck legislature in typical entertaining fashion.

Sheriff Dupnik: An MSNBC Star Is Born

by Jack Dunphy

The sheriff of Pima County is troubled by vitriol only when it comes from the mouths of conservatives.

Watching Obama’s Tucson Speech from Behind Enemy Lines

by Webutante

I watched the U of A memorial service at a retreat center in Tucson, knowing I would most likely be the only one who hadn’t voted for Obama, even if no one else knew that about me. (For a different take on the Tucson memorial service, read Ed Driscoll’s “Wellstone Memorial Redux.”)

‘Civil’ Discourse: A One-Way Street?

by Pam Meister

According to the political class, the right response for conservatives is none at all.

How Much of Your Money Wasted on ‘Climate Change’? Try $10.6 Million a Day

by Art Horn

While reading the budget requests for FY 2011, remember to be “civil.”

Assange Rape Allegations and the Left’s Abandonment of Women’s Rights

by Mike McNally

Moderate feminists should open their eyes as to just how far women’s rights have slipped down the left’s traditional pecking order of causes.

Once Again, Progressives Prove Willing to Politicize Everything

by S. T. Karnick

Of course they politicized Tucson. That’s what progressivism is.

Marin County’s Minority Problem (Updated)

by John Rosenberg

HUD busts the liberal bastion (Barbara Boxer’s former district!) for insufficient minority population. (Update: Also, read Howard Nemerov at the Tatler: Marin County Shows Its True Colors)

At Public School, Anti-Americanism Hides in Plain Sight

by Barry Rubin

A father files an eye-opening report from the front lines.

The Green Hornet: Nice Buzz, No Sting

by John Boot

Unlike the old ABC TV series, this isn’t so much a superhero movie as a goofy Austin Powers-ish postmodern critique of same.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Krugman?

by Ed Driscoll

He’s bad news for Democrats—and for everybody else, too.

Reaganomics vs. Obamanomics: It’s Reagan in a Rout

by Tom Blumer

Reagan’s policies created 10 times more jobs in the first 6 quarters after his recession ended than Obama’s.

Democracy Imperiled?

by Herbert London

Six reasons our democratic republic is in trouble.

False data = stolen money

The sister site of a Chicago-based political website is calling for the prosecution of a researcher who created a false link between autism and certain vaccines.

Redevelopment system ‘a scam’

City officials throughout California are approving a wave of expensive projects as they fear the state will soon halt redevelopment activities.

Aged technologies ‘don’t deserve’ subsidies

An author and senior fellow for a public policy organization is defending his theory that wind and solar power companies wouldn’t exist without politicians and government subsidies.

GOP tackles abortion funding

House Republicans say they are following through on another commitment they made to voters in November — a ban on federal funding of abortions.

Activist: Evidence against abortionist ‘overwhelming’

arrest handcuffs smallvideo icon buttonQuestions are being raised about Pennsylvania abortion clinics after the arrest of an abortionist and nine employees. Kermit Gosnell and four of his employees now face murder charges.

Abortionist ran ‘House of Horrors’ (Associated Press)

Ala. governor apologizes – but not for his faith

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley apologized Wednesday for his inauguration day remarks about only Christians being his brothers and sisters and said he would work over the next four years for people of all faiths and colors.

Story contains results from Thursday’s poll

GOP’s healthcare repeal: Now for the hard part

video icon buttonSwiftly honoring a campaign pledge, Republicans pushed legislation to repeal the nation’s year-old healthcare overhaul through the House Wednesday, brushing aside opposition in the Senate and a veto threat from President Barack Obama. (Roll Call vote: 245-189)

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