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Thursday, February 9th, 2006

a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11239736/”This is good news/a. But not good enough.

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Podcast on ManHunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/1600/manhuntcov.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/200/manhuntcov.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /br /We are interviewing James Swanson today, the author of a new book,a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/0060518499tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″ emManhunt : The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0060518499″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / The narrative is so dramatic, it has been a href=”http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000088sid=aUwOyiqKR4wArefer=culture”optioned into a movie /awith Harrison Ford playing Col. Everton Conger, the Civil War cavalryman who led the search for John Wilkes Booth. Word is still out for the part of Booth–but we’re hoping for Johnny Depp or maybe Orlando Bloom.br /br /If you are a Civil War buff or just interested in an intriguing tale of murder and mayhem about the chase and capture of Booth, listen to this fascinating podcast. a href=”http://podcasts.instapundit.com/JamesSwansonShow.mp3″Click here/a to listen or a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″subscribe on iTunes./a If you check out the front page of iTunes, you will see that the Glenn and Helen podcasts have been chosen as one of their featured podcasts. If you have not done so, please a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″subscribe/a to help boost our ratings.br /br /As always, any comments or suggestions are welcome.

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The Nanny State Trap

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Have you read the ema href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/08/opinion/08warner.html?_r=1oref=login”New York Times /emop-ed piece /atoday regarding,”The Parent Trap” by the goddess of domestic dysfunction, Judith Warner? br /br /blockquoteWe women have, in many very real ways, at long last made good on Ms. Friedan’s dream that we would reach “our full human potential — by participating in the mainstream of society.” But, for mothers in particular, at what cost? With what degree of exhaustion? And with what soul-numbing sacrifices made along the way?br /br /The outside world has changed enormously for women in these past 40 years. But home life? Think about it. Who routinely unloads the dishwasher, puts away the laundry and picks up the socks in your house? Who earns the largest share of the money? Who calls the shots? /blockquotebr /br /Is it my imagination or is the emNYT/em’s crowd stuck forever in a bad 1950′s sitcom? And Ms. Warner’s solution? More government control, of course:br /br /blockquoteMs. Friedan said last year, “We are a backward nation when it comes to things like childcare and parental leave.” That’s just the beginning. We need universal preschool, more and better afterschool programs, and policies to promote part-time work options that don’t force parents to forgo benefits, fair pay and career prospects. /blockquotebr /br /If only the men of the world would keep working those 50-70 hour weeks without complaint, keep the dishes clean, do the laundry, and leave their wives to make most of the decisions like the smart ladies on today’s tv sitcoms, the world would be a wonderful place. Oh, and throw in free daycare and a part-time job with full benefits for women and Oiula, problem solved. What a selfish view of the world Ms. Warner has and the worse part? If she can’t control the men in her household, she will look to the government to step into that role.

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We’re Number 10!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

The Glenn Helen podcasts are now featured as a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewGenre?id=26″new and notable/a on iTunes, and they’re in the Top 10 for “talk radio” podcasts. If you’ve got iTunes, you can click on the link and it’ll take you to the podcasts page. Also there is “Snapped,” the Oxygen Channel TV show I used to consult for–there are video podcasts of the show if you want to take a look at women who kill.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

The a href=”http://whyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2006/02/carnival-of-homeschooling-week-6.html”Carnival of Homeschooling /ais up–week 6 is being hosted at the Why Homeschool Blog.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

a href=”http://cathyyoung.blogspot.com/2006/02/boy-crisis.html”Cathy Young /ahad an article yesterday in the ema href=”http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/02/06/the_lost_boys/”Boston Globe /a/emon “The Lost Boys” as well as a post on the same topic at her blog. Many people tell me that this boy topic is getting “beaten to death” but at least it’s getting some attention which might lead to further research and study into the area of boy’s and men’s high rates of suicide, etc.

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Boys and Suicide

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Did you know that 86% of all adolescent suicides in the U.S.are comitted by boys? And the real problem? Nobody gives a damn. A reporter at a href=”http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/01/26/BAGHRGT0DV1.DTL”The emSan Franciso Chronicle /em/ais puzzled by this apathy as well:br /br / blockquoteIt occurred to me that if 86 percent of adolescent suicides were girls, there would be a national commission to find out why. There’d be front-page stories and Oprah shows and nonprofit foundations throwing money at sociologists and psychologists to study female self-destruction. My feminist sisters and I would be asking, rightly, “What’s wrong with a culture that drives girls, much more than boys, to take their own lives?” br /br /So why aren’t we asking what’s wrong with a culture that drives boys, much more than girls, to take their own lives? Even in academia, where you can find studies on the most obscure topics, there is little research explaining why boys are disproportionately killing themselves. The Center for Adolescence at Stanford, a nationally recognized clearinghouse on teen behavior, has no one on its long roster of experts who can speak on the topic. Neither does the American Association of Suicidology, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention since 1968. /blockquotebr /br /Unfortunately, the solution for this reporter to boy’s suicide is to treat them more like girls or to tie their seeking help to what they can do for women:br /br /blockquoteIf fathers say openly and repeatedly that acknowledging depression and sadness is not a sign of personal weakness but of superior judgment, if they say that getting help is their obligation as men so they can be good partners and providers, then maybe we have a chance at changing the centuries of hard-wiring that makes boys and men so much more violent than women — whether toward others or toward themselves. /blockquotebr /br /I am not exactly sure of all the complex psychological reasons that boys are taking their lives more now than in the past, but I do know that without studying the reasons for the increase, we will not be on our way to finding a solution.br /br /Update: a href=”http://jwwells.blogspot.com/2006/01/male-suicide.html”JW Wells has similar thoughts /aon males and suicide.br /br /Update II: If suicide is emjust/em about men’s natural predisposition of violence towards others or themselves, as some commenters and emailers stated, why do more a href=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2526079.stm”women than men kill themselves /ain China?

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Just Walk Away

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Wow, I really admire people who can just walk away and quit the profession that they spent a good part of their life preparing for–I wish I had. I used to be one of those people who would persevere through anything, despite the unhappiness it caused me. Since my heart attack six years ago, I have cut down my private practice to one day a week–and those cases I take must really interest me in some way or give me a sense that I am making a difference for an individual or society. In my profession, I find it rare to feel that fulfilled. Many courts, agencies, attorneys etc. have an agenda or underlying objective for why they want a forensic evaluation–and it does not always mesh with the truth. For this reason and for many others, I rarely practice my field. br /br /Have you ever dreamed of just quitting your day job, staying home to read your favorite books, write or just spend your time blogging? You know, you see all those a href=”http://radiantmarketinggroup.com/2005/12/06/new-blog-targeted-to-professional-bloggers/”ads that tell you how to be a full time blogger/a–anyone out there succeeding at this or wish they could?

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"Stats" that Make the World Worse

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

I was listening to Kate O’Beirne, the author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/1595230092tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″Women Who Make the World Worse : and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1595230092″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;”/on C-Span last night. Okay, so I don’t agree with some of her points on why women should stay married even if unhappy, for the sake of children, blah blah blah. But she had a number of interesting things to say, including a discussion of how some feminists continue to exaggerate the extent to which women are abused and involved in domestic violence, etc. Yes, some women are being abused as are some men, but some feminists see fit to call psychological abuse and “controlling behavior” domestic violence–hell, this would make all of us victims (and perpetrators) of abuse at one time or another. This overexaggeration of what constitutes abuse as well as a distortion of the number of women who are physically abused has resulted in over a billion federal dollars being funneled to domestic violence causes as well as to the passing of sexist laws such as the a href=”http://www.usdoj.gov/ovw/about.htm”Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)/a. br /br /One of O’Beirne’s most salient points to the smirking journalist/interviewer on C-Span was that girls and women are being sold a bill of goods that there is danger lurking around every corner. How will this message help our girls and young women build the real confidence and assets they need to go into the working world as fully functioning adults if they resort to victimhood as a way of life? These messages of the lurking dangers for women are blatant at times, but in other ways are subtle enough to be excused, even by intelligent people.br /br /For example, at the a href=”http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2006_01_29-2006_02_04.shtml#1139034477″Volokh Conspiracy/a this week, Professor Eugene Volokh pointed out to an Oregon State University newspaper that it was not possible to have 2000 rapes a day, one every five minutes, as a press release and website from the a href=”http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/mythsfacts.htm”Oregon State University Women’s Center/a stated. Well…duh. It is admirable that Professor Volokh points out the problem to the women’s center but they do little about it, as you can see, a href=”http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/mythsfacts.htm”they did not even remove this lie/a — I mean, “fact” — from their Myths and Facts sheet. But in the comments section, Professor Volokh defends these distortions as a problem with numbers:br /br /Here is a href=”http://volokh.com/posts/1139034477.shtml”commenter Smithy’s/a take on the “mistake”: br /br /blockquoteTypical leftist exaggeration from the unhinged feminist left. You can chalk it up to enumeracy — I chalk it up to plain craziness./blockquotebr /br /And Professor Volokh’s reply:br /br /blockquoteSmithy: It’s not exaggeration; it’s mathematical error. It’s not “enumeracy”; it’s “innumeracy.” I know of no “craziness” that manifests itself as the inability or unwillingness to do arithmetic. There’s little reason to think that the authors of the underlying web page or of the newspaper article are “unhinged.” There’s nothing inherently leftist in high estimates of the level of rape; conservatives should be and are concerned about rape, too. As my original post suggested, there’s a debate among serious scholars about the true incidence of rape; the 2000 per day figure is not outlandish, though it is on the high end of the estimates./blockquotebr /br /I tend to agree with Smithy–although I will go a step further and say it is not emcraziness/em on the part of unhinged feminists–it is emcraftiness/em. There is a logic and the subtle art of propaganda in these feminists’ statistics that scream “give me more funding for women’s issues ASAP.” Heck, this exaggeration of stats even sells books out of fear–In Gavin De Becker’s,a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/0440226198tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″emThe Gift of Fear,/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0440226198″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;”/he has a chapter on “Intimate Enemies” that reminds us that before our next breakfast, twelve women will be killed by domestic violence–man, that will really get you choking on your Cheerios. However, if we take a look at the a href=”http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/tables/intgendertab.htm”tables by the Bureau of Justice,/a I am a little puzzled that so many women’s lives are being cut short before I have had my first meal of the day. I counted 1193 women killed by intimates in all of 2002–if 12 were killed before breakfast that would mean 4380 women would be killed during that time period. br /br /I guess all we can deduce from this is that feminists with agendas can’t do math.

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Podcast on the Military, Oil and a Priceless Picture

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/1600/baydunnigan.0.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/320/baydunnigan.0.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /We are talking yet again to military sleuths, a href=”http://austinbay.net/blog/”Austin Bay /aand a href=”http://www.strategypage.com/”Jim Dunnigan/a, about recent world events. We also hear from Roger Stern of Johns Hopkins and Lynn Kiesling of Northwestern University on the rising price of oil. Surprisingly, Glenn got a call from a href=”http://www.michaelyon-online.com/”Michael Yon /atoday, and we added him to the podcast on the spur of the moment to a href=”http://www.michaelyon-online.com/wp/little-girl.htm”discuss the taking of this photo/a and why he was not credited with its release. He also talks about how the blogosphere supported him in his work in Iraq and continues to help now that he is back in the US.br /br /You can a href=”http://podcasts.instapundit.com/IranOilMichaelYonShow.mp3″listen to the podcast here /aor subscribe via a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″iTunes./a Please leave any comments or suggestions below.

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PC TV

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Is it my imagination, or do the primetime TV shows seem even more desperate to portray PC ideas and make stabs at Republicans? I was watching a few shows last night–watching would be a little strong–maybe glancing at them as I flipped through the channels. emWill and Grace /emseems to be getting worse and worse with PC innuendos tossed in for good measure on every show. On this one, Grace mentions the “uppity Canadians, what with their free health care and gay rights.” The message? Americans refuse healthcare to many and are hung up on homophobia. And the digs about homophobia continue in another scene, while at a resort of some sort, Jack tells his son not to hug him on a street corner since one corner is named Murder and the other Homophobia. Yes, that is typical of most Americans–just ready to kill or maim any two men they see hugging. And finally, after being exasperated with this show, I watched a few minutes of the following sitcom entitled emThe Four Kings/em–apparently about four guys who live together. Forgive me if I am vague on the plot–these shows are usually too silly to follow. The gist of it seemed to be that a couple of the guys wanted their friend, brother or whatever to attend or help out with a Democratic function in order to beat a “sleezebag Republican.” The dude they are talking to has to let the audience know that he is “as good a Democrat as anyone who doesn’t vote” (the guy is a slacker) but does not want to attend. br /br /Okay, I watched less than thirty minutes of TV last night and saw at least three jabs at conservatives and/or Americans in general. The Democrats are portrayed as being the norm with the conservatives being abberant racists, homophobes or sleezebags. It’s no wonder people are turning away from watching primetime TV and heading to the internet for entertainment and news.

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Gender Differences in Heart Disease

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

ema href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/31/AR2006013101407.html”The Washington Post /a/emhad an article today (hat tip to a href=”http://www.estatevaults.com/bol/archives/002345.html”Business of Life blog/a) looking at a different form of heart disease in women as compared to men:br /br /blockquoteInstead of developing obvious blockages in the arteries supplying blood to the heart, these women accumulate plaque more evenly inside the major arteries and in smaller blood vessels, the researchers found. In other cases, their arteries fail to expand properly or go into spasm, often at times of physical or emotional stress./blockquotebr /br /blockquoteThese abnormalities, which appear to be particularly common in younger women, can be as dangerous as the better-known form of the disease, strangling vital blood flow to the heart muscle, causing severe and sometimes debilitating pain and fatigue, and sometimes triggering life-threatening heart attacks, the researchers found./blockquotebr /br /I find this article interesting as the doctors told me I had clear arteries but could have had a coronary spasm that resulted in a heart attack. I wonder what will happen to the many women out there that the study mentions that have this condition and don’t even know it?

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How to Spot a Nutcase 101

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Many college professors often write or ask me how to cope or deal with students with emotional problems who might be a danger to them or someone they know. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to predicting violence; it is an inexact science with a high level of a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_positive”false positives/a, yet because of the seriousness of what can happen if we miss a potentially violent person, it is important for us to at least have a lay person’s ability to be aware of the warning signs if they are present. This does not mean that we need to round up students who seem odd—many of us are odd but not a threat. How do you tell the difference? Following is the type of question I get from teachers or professors that may help you determine if odd behavior is a problem or not:br /br /”I am a professor at a college and am afraid of one of my students. He seems angry and has even gone as far as to make threats. I have been trying to placate him by being nice but his behavior is getting worse since failing my course, despite some extra points I gave him. What are the warning signs I should look for and what do I do?”br /br /According to Gavin DeBecker (1997, source is below), the warning signs of violent students include but are not limited to 1) a tendency to use threats, intimidation, manipulations, or escalations; 2) adverse reaction to criticism; 3) rigid ideas and resistant to change; 4) sullen, angry, or depressed appearance; 5) refusal to accept responsiblity for actions; 6) paranoid thoughts that others are “out to get” him or her; 7) tendency to always be involved in some grievance, crusade or mission; 8) odd behavior that produces uneasiness and apprehension in other people 9) jokes about having weapons or praise for other perpetrators of violence; and 10) expresssions of dispair or hopelessness, such as, “What’s the use? Nothing changes anyway.”br /br /The first step in preventing violence before it starts is to quit being Mr. or Ms. Nice Guy–it doesn’t work. Violent people often attack the very people who are helping them. Why? Because you are there and not giving them all of the help they often feel entitled to have. For example, Peter Odighizuwa shot and killed his dean at the a href=”http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/2002/01/18/story21341.asp”Appalachian School of Law/a after the dean went out of his way to assist him in getting a car, scholarship and back in the law school after doing poorly. It is not a kindness to keep bending your grading scale by giving a few points to a marginal student. Students with a sense of entitlement will only exploit your generous nature if you give in time and time again. Be alert to manipulation from students in the form of flattery. “You are the only professor who cares” or “I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have you to talk to” are examples of manipulative behavior. Never become a student’s counselor. Observe teacher/student boundaries at all times. Refer the student to the student mental health clinc if he or she seems to be chronically angry or stressed where services are generally free or included in the student activities fee. While records of counseling sessions are confidential, the counselor of a troubled student can be asked to report to school officials whether the student is attending sessions as scheduled.br /br /Never permit verbal abuse from a student, in the classroom or anywhere else. Tell the student to leave the class if they make rude inflammatory remarks. Many faculty now include civility clauses in their course syllabi, setting expectations at the beginning of the semester for classroom decorum. br /br /Don’t count on your school to help you–especially if you do not have tenure–your adjunct contract may just not be renewed. One law professor told me that his school didn’t care if students made threats because “if they shot a professor, the administration could just hire someone else cheaper.” Okay, maybe this is a little cynical but some colleges take little or no action against threats of violence. Apparently, it is more important to put on a PC air of superiority than to protect their professors and students. For example, I wrote a paper along with some colleagues for law professors on how to deal with angry or violent students. We submitted it to the ema href=”http://www.law.georgetown.edu/jle/”Journal of Legal Education/a/em at Georgetown who turned it down–stating that we “must be working with John Ashcroft” given the suggestions we made. Our outrageous suggestions? Have a designated person assigned in the school to handle reports of inappropriate behavior. Do remember, however, that your school is supposed to provide you with a safe environment. The Appalachian Law School a href=”http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2005/01/lawsuits_over_a.php” recently settled their case for one million dollars /a for failure to warn students and faculty about Peter Odighizuwa’s dangerous behavior. You are well within your rights to ask for stepped up security or discipline for the student etc.br /br /I have some suggestions for books for those of you who want more information on how to protect yourself from violence. The first is a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/0440226198tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″emThe Gift of Fear/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0440226198″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / It is a bit too PC for my taste at times but the author, Gavin De Becker, gives some good tips and explanations for how to avoid violence. In addition, it is an interesting and easy read. The second book is J. Reid Meloy’s a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/0970318901tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″emViolence Risk and Threat Assessment: A Practical Guide for Mental Health and Criminal Justice Professionals/em (Practical Guide Series (San Diego, Calif.)./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0970318901″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Meloy presents some excellent descriptions of how to assess and understand those who are potentially violent. Also check out his book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/0124905617tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″emThe Psychology of Stalking/em, /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0124905617″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / if you want to understand more about the stalker in your life.

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"Psychosphere" Blogging

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/02/touch-and-go.html”Dr. Sanity /ahas a round-up of mental health blogging up. Check out the post by a href=”http://onecosmos.blogspot.com/2006/01/pathetic-last-children-of-nietzsches.html”GagDad Bob /a on how the political parties now represent maternal and paternal archetypes. Can you guess which party is paternal and which is maternal?

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