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Carnival of Homeschooling

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

The 35th week of the a href=”http://categoryfive.blogspot.com/2006/08/weather-conditions-along-trail-of.html”Carnival of Homeschooling /a is up at Category Five blog.

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The Michael Yon story:

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Euphoric Reality interviews Michael Yon, who describes his background and decision to blog from Iraq.

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Richard Posner on the Glenn & Helen Show:

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

in their latest podcast, Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith talk to law professor and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner -author of %%AMAZON=0195304276 Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency%%- about terrorism, the Constitution, and issues of surveillance, civil liberties, and history.

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Podcast with Judge Richard Posner

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/0195304276tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″img alt=”posnercov.jpg” src=”http://instapundit.com/archives/images/posnercov.jpg” width=”106″ align=right border=0 height=”160″ //abr /Today we are speaking with Richard Posner, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, about his new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/0195304276tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0195304276″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Judge Posner discusses why the Constitution needs to stay flexible, fluid, and protean in times of national emergency. He also talks about surveillance, whether America should take a more “European approach” to terror (a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/14/AR2006081401160.html”such as the MI5/a) and why the FBI, and law enforcement generally, are not up to the job of fighting terror. br /br /You can listen to the podcast by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060829-PosnerOnTerror.mp3″clicking here/a or subscribe a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″via iTunes/a. For those of you with dial-up, you can listen a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060829-PosnerOnTerror-lofi.mp3″here./a Get our previous podcasts at a href=”http://www.theglennandhelenshow.com/”TheGlennandHelenshow.com/a.

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Female Perp or just a Prison Romance?

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Did you know that the bulk of sexual offenses in the U.S. and Va. prisons were committed by female workers? I had no idea but that is what a href=”http://timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD/MGArticle/RTD_BasicArticlec=MGArticlecid=1149190228506path=!newss=1045855934842″ a study on prison sexual offenses/a found (thanks to Fred Ray for sending me this article):br /br /blockquoteRoughly half of all sexual impropriety reported in U.S. prisons and jails last year was perpetrated by correctional staff, not inmates. Female staff were the offenders in two-thirds of the prison cases, and two-thirds of the victims of prison staff were male inmates, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.br /br /With 2 million men and 200,000 women behind bars in the United States, the problem appears small — there were 344 substantiated incidents of staff sexual misconduct and harassment reported by authorities last year. But experts believe incidents are underreported, and the bureau study notes that many allegations remain under investigation.br /br /Critics say just one improper relationship between staff and an inmate erodes discipline, security and morale in institutions where there is little privacy, few secrets and a strong reluctance to “snitch.br /br /….While there is an element of supposed romance noted in many of the cases, sexual relations of any kind between prison employees and inmates are considered nonconsensual by law because of the inherent power that staff have over prisoners. In Virginia it is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison./blockquotebr /br /I love the reasons given for more female perpetrators:br /br /blockquoteSmith said it is not surprising that a larger number of female staff in prisons are involved in sex offenses. Male inmates outnumber female inmates more than 10-to-1. The federal report did not break down the data for homosexual versus heterosexual misconduct, but assuming most staff and most inmates are heterosexual, you would expect to find more female staff reported as perpetrators and more male inmates as victims, she said.br /br /”You will often find that the culture that allows this kind of stuff to happen is also a culture that is particularly inhospitable to female staff,” she said, noting that female staff might align themselves with inmates for protection./blockquotebr /br /So female staff become perpretrators because there are more male inmates and the prison culture is inhospitable to female staff? Would we ever utter such excuses for men who are perpetrating against women?

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Podcasting the Emmys;

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

that’s what Bruce @ Gay Patriot will be doing tonight via Blog Talk Radio, starting at 8:00 PM EDT–less than thirty minutes from now! You can call in and comment on Bruce’s coverage (he’s a little nervous about it, so be gentle), some starlet’s ugly dress or some old veteran actor’s bad plastic surgery (no need to be gentle there).

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The Carnival of the Insanities

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

The a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/08/carnival-of-insanities_27.html”Carnival of the Insanities /a is up at Dr. Sanity’s blog.

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Divorce a Big Issue

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

I find it interesting that our divorce podcast with lawyer Lauren Strange-Boston is our most popular podcast with emover one and a half million downloads /emso far. Many listeners and readers have emailed to say that her legal advice was good and that the advice was helpful to themselves or a friend. If you have not listened to the podcast yet or know someone who is thinking of divorce or going through one–a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/06/podcast-divorce-court-101.html”take a listen/a.

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Only the "Tolerant" need Apply

Friday, August 25th, 2006

I love a href=”http://www.onlyrepublican.com/orinsf/2006/08/san_francisco_d.html” this ad at Craig’s List /a (Hat Tip: a href=”http://www.onlyrepublican.com/orinsf/”The Only Republican in San Francisco Blog/a). Apparently, the person placing the ad is an open, tolerant San Franciscan who loves yoga, theatre etc. who is looking for another tolerant roommate to share a space. The requirements for the roommate look anything but tolerant: “No men, no meat, no Republicans, no TV, no smokers, no pets, no plants.” Sounds like a winner-I wonder what other rules this tolerant individual will have for whatever sucker–I mean roommate–decides to rent this den of democracy?

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Blog Week in Review, August 25, 2006

Friday, August 25th, 2006

This week’s special guest panelists–Daniel Drezner and PJM’s own Editor-in-Chief Gerard Van Der Leun–join Blog Week in Review’s regular host, Austin Bay. This week’s topics: Iranian “diplomacy” and Iran’s other weapon against its enemies–oil. Produced by Ed Driscoll.

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Bag Lady Syndrome

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

I was at the car dealer today waiting for my car to be fixed and got stuck watching the news on CNBC. The topic was a new study on women, power, and money that discussed how 46% of the women in this study fear they will become a bag lady. I googled the study and found this ema href=”http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20060823-122252-7667r.htm”Washington Times /emarticle/a that looked at the study more in depth:br /br /blockquoteA “startling” 90 percent of women say they feel financially insecure, according to a survey of almost 1,925 women released yesterday by Allianz, a Minnesota-based life insurance company. br / br /Almost half are troubled by a “tremendous fear of becoming a bag lady” — 46 percent of women overall, and 48 percent of those with an annual income of more than $100,000. An additional 57 percent are sorry they had not learned more about money matters in school. br /br /Such concerns foster an array of behaviors and thoughts. Women, for example, are twice as likely as men — 18 percent to 9 percent — to set aside a secret stash of money, the study found. Roughly the same number counseled their daughters to do the same./blockquotebr /br /The amazing thing is that by 2010 (less than four years away), the article says women will control 60% of the wealth in this county. With all this wealth, what the heck is with this bag lady syndrome? Perhaps because women do not know how to deal with money, they feel more nervous about it than men. I never felt nervous about money because I had a number of wonderful teachers who taught me the value of a dollar. Mr. Claxton, my sixth grade health teacher, taught me how to budget, Mr. Baum in eighth grade taught me about the stock market and compound interest and my father taught me how to read the emWall Street Journal/em and play the stock market in college. br /br /I can’t remember ever feeling like I was going to be a bag lady–and what is with the secret stash of money these women are hiding and telling their daughters to hide? What is that about? Why hide money and who are they hiding it from–their husband? This has always struck me as odd. Is money so anxiety provoking that women have to hide it?br /br /Update: Along related lines, here is an article in emForbes/em entitled, a href=”http://www.forbes.com/careers/2006/08/21/careers-marriage-dating_cx_mn_0821women.html”"Don’t Marry a Career Woman.”/a Frankly, the article seems rather sexist to me–using as their criteria for “career girls” those women who make more than $30,000 a year, have a university degree or higher, and work outside the home over 35 hours. The article says such women are more likely to cheat, be unhappy, not have kids or if they do, be unhappy with that, and to get divorced more readily and to keep a dirty house. Wow, I never knew we “career girls” were such losers. a href=”http://www.forbes.com/careers/2006/08/21/careers-marriage-dating_cx_mn_0821women.html”Read the article /aand decide for yourself.

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Podcast on Real Food and Crunchy Cons

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/1600/planckcovsm.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/320/planckcovsm.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /Today we talk with a href=”http://www.ninaplanck.com/”Nina Planck/a, author ofa href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/1596911441tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″ emReal Food: What to Eat and Why /em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1596911441″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and a href=”http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/crunchycon/”Rod Dreher/a, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/1400050642tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″emCrunchy Cons/em,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1400050642″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / about what appears to some to be an oxymoron: conservatives who care about organic gardening, farmer’s markets and saving the environment. We talk with both guests about how politics and food are tied together and why all Americans of different political persuasions should care about what they eat, farmer’s markets and the environment. br /br /There is also discussion of the emptiness of McMansions (mine is great–thank you very much), the irony of it costing a freaking fortune to buy an artichoke at a health food store (while the pamphlet next to the counter touts the horror of third world poverty) and how to shop for real foods on a budget. br /br /You can listen to our podcast by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060821-PlanckDreher.mp3″clicking here/a or subscribe a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″via iTunes./a And there’s a lo-fi version for dialup a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060821-PlanckDreher-lofi.mp3″right here./a You can see our past episodes at the a href=”http://www.glennandhelenshow.com/”Glenn and Helen Show.com/a. Comments and suggestions can be left below.br /br /Update: Dave at the Crisper bloga href=”http://thecrisper.com/index.php/2006/08/23/nina-planck-on-real-foods-yes/” tells how he ate real foods /ato lose 51 pounds.

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Are Women Creating their Own Pay Gap?

Monday, August 21st, 2006

I read with interest a href=”http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/ConsumerActionGuide/WomenCreatingPayGap.aspx?vv=400GT1=8473″this article from MSN Money/a on how women may be sabotaging their salaries and pay by charging less for some services: “A new study finds female professionals lower their bills to maintain client relationships.”br /br /I have certainly found this true in psychology–I remember that even when I was looking for an internship that paid a reasonable rate, I was told that there were many students or post-docs willing to do the job for almost nothing-mainly, these were female students being supported by someone other than themselves. I balked at the pay and tried to set up something more lucrative but it was hard. Later, in practice, I found the same type of behavior where many of my colleagues were charging very little around my area or would not fight back when pay levels dropped with managed care etc. One of my colleagues, a male, just shook his head and said, “A PHD in psychology is a rich man’s (or woman’s) game.” I think there is some truth to that. I now see my field as a hobby and take cases that are of interest but rarely for the money. I can make more doing almost anything else. br /br /I think it is fine to care more about your relationship with clients than you do about money, but with that, comes the responsibility of realizing that you have chosen to do so and are willing to live with the results of your decision rather than blaming men and the rest of society for discrimination.

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Tips for Middle School Girls

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Do you have a girl starting middle school this year? I do and so far, it has been a difficult first week. However, one book that has helped tremendously is a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/158485877Xtag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″A Smart Girl’s Guide to Starting Middle School: Everything You Need to Know About Juggling More Homework, More Teachers, and More Friends (American Girl Library (Paperback))./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=158485877X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / My mother-in-law, who is a school librarian, dropped this book off last week prior to the opening of school and my daughter read over it and so did I. The book offers some great tips on how to navigate the world of middle school and as a psychologist, I must say, I was impressed. br /br /Rather than harping on “empowerment” and “girl power,” this nifty little book gives direct advice to eleven-year-old girls on how to control their emotions, learn math, and get along with others without taking everything personally. The beginning of the book starts with a quiz for your middle schooler asking her the question, “how do you deal?” If she answers all questions with an “A” answer, she is termed a “holdout” who tries to hang on to the way things used to be. New things tend to make this girl feel she is losing control. The author’s advice here is good: “And there is something you’ll always have control over: how you handle and react to things.” I sure wish the older “girls” a href=”http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/01/17/summers_remarks_on_women_draw_fire/”who got the vapors /awhen Larry Summers made a few remarks about women in math and science had learned this lesson earlier in life. Perhaps if these overly-reactive women had taken the advice from this little American Girl book, they might have made more leeway in the hard sciences. br /br /The American Girl book gives good advice about how to get help from your teacher with math problems, telling girls to be direct and exact with what kind of help they need. For example, asking the teacher when after class she might be available to help with positive and negative integers, instead of just stating that she can’t do math. Other advice has to do with how to make friends and whether or not to swim with the crowd or against it. The author uses rational decision-making techniques such as weighing the pros and cons of one’s actions. The advice given on how to deal with “tough times” with mean girls is priceless. The author seems to understand the bullying process and gives advice like, “Shrug it off. Look bored, avoid eye contact, and think to yourself, ‘Whatever’ or ‘I don’t care.’” She tells girls “not to let the bully know that she’s getting to you” and gives further steps to girls for what to do if the bullying is excessive.br /br /Overall, I highly recommend this book for your new middle school girl. If anyone has any other book reccomendations for parents of middle schoolers, or advice in general for girls in middle school, drop it in the comment section so that we can all learn something.

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"My ugly came out."

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

Mary Winkler, the Tennessee preacher’s wife who allegedly killed her husband because of emotional and verbal abuse was a href=”http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/08/15/winkler.bond/index.html?section=cnn_topstories”released on bond from jail /athis week. I love her comments about her new-found self esteem: br /br /blockquoteAnd, she told Alabama officers that the killing was not planned and that she had been verbally and emotionally abused by her husband, Ballin said. She also said she had been through a life-threatening event in the past year, Ballin said.br /br /’My ugly came out’br /br /The attorney would not elaborate on that event, and no details were given about the abuse Mary Winkler claimed she suffered. Winkler did tell police that the emotional and verbal abuse from her husband had worsened over the past year.br /br /”I have nerve now, and I have self-esteem. So, my ugly came out,” Alabama investigator Stan Stabler quoted her as saying, according to a report on the hearing published in The Jackson Sun. She referred to herself as a “moron” and an “evil woman,” the newspaper reported./blockquote br /br /Maybe in some cases, low self-esteem is a good thing. Really, how many people would justify verbal and emotional abuse for a man killing his wife?br /br /Update: Dadvocate has a href=”http://bornavol.blogspot.com/2006/08/killer-women.html”more thoughts /aon women, murder, and self-esteem.

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Should BMI be Scrapped as a Measure of Health?

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

Dave at the a href=”http://www.thecrisper.com/”Crisper Blog /asays it’s time a href=”http://thecrisper.com/index.php/2006/08/18/bmi-useless-msm-confirms/”to scap the Body Mass Index /a(BMI) as a way of calculating obesity or health. I have to say that I agree. My BMI is fairly low (20) but I’ve had heart problems and BMI seems to have little correlation to the amount of actual body fat one has–a linebacker who has huge muscles and little body fat could easily be obese by the standards of BMI.br /br /I recently had my body fat tested–you know, when they pull out the a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/B0007ZAM1Utag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″ body fat calipers/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B0007ZAM1U” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and pinch different areas of your body to see how much fat you have–I was amazed at how high mine was. I won’t bore you with the exact percentage, but let’s just say that my body has a lot in common with a 200 pound woman. I have no idea why my body fat is so high–the lowest it has ever been (17%) was after I gave birth to my daughter. I have always been a bit of an anomaly so I don’t take these tests too seriously. Unfortunately, many insurance companies and doctors do and this makes for a lot of discrimination against people who are in otherwise good health and not necessarily obese.

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Blog Week in Review, August 18, 2006

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Blog Week in Review returns from its impromptu hiatus in fine fashion. Its regular crew has a lot of catching up to do in view of warp-velocity world events. Topics are the US Department of Defense’s conduct guidelines, the British terror bust and its implications and who really won the Israel-Hezbollah War. Produced by Ed Driscoll.

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PAJAMAS DIGEST

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

THE FATHER OF ALL FAUXTOGRAPHY -- The Al-Dura Trial by Nidra Poller, Part 1: Starting September 14, three Frenchmen went on trial in Paris for questioning the veracity of the 2000 videotape of the putative murder of Palestinian child Mohammed Al-Dura by Israeli soldiers. Part 2: Nidra Poller's first impressions. Part 3: Nidra Poller's concludes her coverage ... for now ... of the Al-Dura Trial in Paris with a blow-by-blow account of the trial plus an analysis of the proceedings. PAJAMAS AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB: POLITICSCENTRAL will host a panel discussion/reception at the National Press Club in Washington DC on September 26. ( 5:30PM cocktail reception / 6:30 Panel - note time change). Topic: "How Partisan Is Too Partisan?" Confirmed panelists so far: Michael Barone (US News), Paul Mirengoff (Powerline), Tom Bevan (Real Clear Politics), Mark Blumenthal (The Mystery Pollster). Moderator: Glenn Reynolds. If you would like to attend, please contact Diane@pjmedia.com. And watch this space for more surprise panelists and guests as they develop... Just added: Cliff May of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Jane Hall of Fox News Watch. Nidra Poller from Paris! . Richard Miniter.(This event will be videotaped and podcast.) A RELIGION OF THE PERPETUALLY PARANOID: This week the Sanity Squad analyze the irrational Islamic reaction to the speech of Pope Benedict about the importance of reason in religion: listen to it here... BENEDICT AND ISLAM: A SUPERNATURAL GAMBIT? The Anchoress meditates on the Pope's speech and proposes that, when it comes to the Bishop of Rome, there is always more there than meets the eye: read it here... RICHARD LANDRY: The Man Who Brings the Nation to the Nation. Just how do all the small circulation news and opinion magazines get on (some) news stands around the country? Richard Landry and the Independent Press Association have a lot to do with it. In this exclusive podcast with Special Correspondent Andrew Keen of After TV, Landry talks about the problem of "Progressive" publishing and the hidden monopolies lurking behind the Internet. FRIST-CASTING: The latest Glenn and Helen Show features Senate Majority leader Bill Frist on porkbusting, the Bolton confirmation, legislation on military tribunals for terrorists, and the joys of the blogosphere. To listen or download click here. (Transcript from eScribers available at the link.) OTHER FEATURES OF LATE:

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Who Needs Vegetables Anyway?

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

So here is a guy who has not eaten a vegetable in over a quarter of a century. One doctor’s verdict: “Perhaps your diet is not ideal as a long-term strategy, but you are healthy now,” he says. “In fact, I would say that you are as healthy as our vegetarian clients.” a href=”http://health.msn.com/dietfitness/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100142240″Read the whole thing./a

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Fearless, Clueless, or Just Plain Mean?

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Do you ever get tired of the lame bumper stickers or slogans that say, “Obedient women don’t make history”–I know I do. I laugh when I hear women repeat this mantra–mainly because of the hypocrisy. Many feminists expect such strict adherence to the tenets of feminism that there are no allowances made for anyone who is “disobedient” in following their agenda. br /br /You know the drill of feminist dogma–all women are victims, the patriarchy is evil, all women must be pro-choice, read a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/1594481881tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″iReviving Ophelia,/i/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594481881″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / vote as Democrats and wet their panties when Bill Clinton enters a room. If you are a self-assured female who believes that women can get by on their own merits, votes Republican on some issues, doesn’t hold women out to be victims, or sees Condi Rice as a better role model than Hillary Clinton, you better watch out because your disobedience will not be tolerated by the enlightened.br /br /The enlightened in this case is the author and blogger, Arianna Huffington, who gives misguided advice to women on how to make it as a fearless emfemme fatale/em in today’s world. In her new book a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/0316166812tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″On emBecoming Fearless…. in Love, Work, and Life,/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0316166812″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Huffington sets a new low for standards of fearlessess. br /br /My favorite chapter is the one entitled, “Fearless About Leadership and Speaking Out: The Power of One.” Huffington describes her run for the governor of California in 2003 and how then-Lieutentant Governor Cruz Bustmante rolled his eyes a few times whenever she would make a point or open her mouth (frankly, I would be right there with him) and Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed his displeasure at having to debate a fullthrottle female–this she discerns by his suggestion that she drink more de-caf. Huffington writes that this debate made her realize how “deeply engrained our culture’s fear of assertive women is and how much of this fear women have unconsciously internalized.” …”A man who doesn’t toe the line is not only tolerated but even hailed as an appealing scamp or rogue…” Could it be, Ms. Huffington, that your opponents just did not like what you had to say, whether you were a man or woman? After all, they are your opponents. If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. And if a man who does not toe the line is tolerated and hailed as an “appealing scamp or rogue,” what the hell happened to President Bush? It seems like the whole world calls him a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/08/16/msnbc-anchor-joe-scarboro_n_27361.html”one name after the next/a with no regard for his maleness. If people just suggested that he drink more decaf, he would probably consider that a walk in the park. br /br /There are assertive women out there who are talented and have reached leadership positions just like Ms. Huffington suggests. How does Ms. Huffington treat them? Like trash. br /br /In her leadership chapter, she describes how to be fearless at any cost. She discusses the consequences of speaking out fearlessly, and decribes a a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mommie_Dearest_(film)”iMommy Dearest/i/a moment with her own daughter, Isabella. br /br /Her daughter’s godmother was Elaine Chao, who Huffington described as:br /br /blockquoteMarried to Senator Mitch McConnell, whom I had often castigated for having been–among other things–one of the biggest obstacles to campaign finance reform. As if this were not enough, George Bush went ahead and nominated Elaine to be Secretary of Labor. ..So there she was, part of an administration that I kept insulting on pratically a daily basis. She was gracious enough to give Isabella a tour of the Labor Department when we were in Washington for spring break a few years ago, but it was clear that Isabella needed a godmother whose relationship with her goddaughter was not encumbered by her mother’s political views. So I asked Isabella to pick a new godmother among my girlfriends./blockquotebr /br /So the champion of women’s fearlessness has now taught her daughter the lesson that if a friend or family member does not share your political views, you can just substitute someone who does–with mothers like this, it’s no wonder girls grow up to be scared to speak their minds. What if Isabella turns into (gasp!) a Republican, for goodness sakes, will her mother disown her, like she did her godmother? br /br /Ms. Huffington closes the end of the leadership chapter with “whatever the price, we must speak out about what matters. The world needs the leadership of women now more than ever. We may lose friends in the process, but we can no longer afford to remain silent.” br /br /With friends like Huffington, who needs enemies? If we want to teach our daughters to be fearless in expressing their opinions, we probably shouldn’t give them the idea that their friends will disown them for expressing a controversial idea. Men seem better at tolerating other points of view and keeping a friendship than women. Maybe tolerating dissenting points of view is how we should be teaching our daughters to be fearless.br /br /strongUpdate/strong: A couple of commenters have claimed that I do not allow dissenting views or that I am equally as intolerant to dissenting views as Huffington is. Huh? You are posting your opinion here freely on emmy blog/em and then accusing me of being intolerant of other points of view? That makes no sense. This post is actually about the lack of guts women like Huffington have when they are so intolerant that they kick out family and friends from their clan for dissenting points of view. If one is so fragile that they would get rid of a friend or family member because they have a different set of political beliefs, it seems that they are full of fear, not fearless.

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Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Ed Driscoll pod-interviews Stephen D. Cooper about his new book, Watching the Watchdog: Bloggers As the Fifth Estate. (TCS Daily)

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Podcast on 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Do you ever wonder a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Sheen”who the nuts are /a that think the US government caused 9/11? Well, apparently, they are everyday Americans and others with thinking processes that border on the delusional and involve a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magical_thinking”magical thinking /awhich requires some serious grown-up intervention. The intervention manual has been written by the team at a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/B00005N7SAtag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″emPopular Mechanics/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B00005N7SA” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / in their new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/158816635Xtag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″emDebunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can’t Stand Up to the Facts/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=158816635X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / br /br /Today, we talk with David Dunbar, Executive Editor of emPopular Mechanics /emand his co-editor, Brad Reagan, about their new book that debunks the 9/11 myths using facts and interviews with experts to dispel step by step any government involvement in the tragedy of 9/11. If you want to listen to real experts discuss the reality of what happened that day as opposed to conspiracy theorists who change the facts to fit their pet theories, take a listen. br /br /You can listen to the podcast by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060815-911myths.mp3″clicking here/a or subscribe via a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″iTunes./a You can find an archive of our previous podcasts at the a href=”http://www.glennandhelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenshow.com/a. And there’s a lo-fi version for dialup users a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060815-911myths-lofi.mp3″here./a Leave questions or comments below.br /br /Oh, and if you’ve had trouble playing these from my site, try a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/08/15/debunking_911_myths.php”this Flash player/a and see if it works better.

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Carnival of the Insanities

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

The a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/08/carnival-of-insanities_13.html”Carnival of the Insanities /a is up at Dr. Sanity’s blog. Also, be sure and check out Dr. Sanity on thea href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/08/07/placeholder_sanity_squad.php” Sanity Squad podcast /a at Politics Central. The Sanity Squad podcast is definitely worth a listen with topics ranging from how a group of mental health professionals got interested in blogging on politics to how therapeutic lingo such as victimhood is playing a negative part in America’s worldview.

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Podcast on Military Affairs around the World

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Military experts Jim Dunnigan of a href=”http://www.strategypage.com/”Strategy Page /a and a href=”http://www.austinbay.net/”Colonel Austin Bay /ajoin us again today to discuss important events around the world from thea href=”http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,207898,00.html” recent London terror threats/a to the Israeli/Lebanon conflict to the war in Ethiopia and Somalia. I found it a fascinating discussion–particularly the part where Austin and Jim talk about how police methods used for catching terrorists are similar to that used in organized crime. br /br /You can listen to the podcast by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/audio/2006/08/BayDunnigan081106.mp3″clicking here/a or via a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″iTunes./a Here is a a href=”http://politicscentral.com/audio/2006/08/BayDunnigan081106sm.mp3″dial-up version/a for those without high-speed internet. If you want to check out our previous podcasts–go to a href=”http://www.politicscentral.com/show/glenn_helen_show/”politicscentral.com./a

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More Republicans Side with Israel

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

Michael Barone, senior writer at emUS News World Report, /emdiscusses a poll that shows more a href=”http://www.usnews.com/usnews/opinion/baroneblog/archives/060804/republicans_mor.htm”Republicans than Democrats side with Israel/a (Hat Tip: a href=”http://powerlineblog.com/archives/014898.php”Powerline blog/a).

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