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Homeschooling among Black Families is on the Rise

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

La Shawn Barber a href=”http://lashawnbarber.com/archives/2006/09/28/black-homeschooling-on-the-rise/”has an interesting post /aon the rise of homeschooling among black families:br /br /blockquoteI am extremely pleased to know that the number of homeschooling black families is increasing.br /br /Before I elaborate on the race issue, let’s look at class. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, half of homeschooling families have incomes of $50,000 or less. Three quarters earn $75,000 or less.br /br /Contrary to popular opinion, homeschooling is not a phenomenon of “the rich.” Well-off families often opt to send their kids to private and parochial schools. A high income is not a prerequisite to homeschooling. Having an intact family is more likely the key to successful homeschooling. Somebody has to be the breadwinner. I can’t imagine one parent working and homeschooling.br /br /What I’m about to say next is controversial…./blockquotebr /br /a href=”http://lashawnbarber.com/archives/2006/09/28/black-homeschooling-on-the-rise/”Read the whole thing./a

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Senator Joseph Lieberman, Independent Democrat: The PajamasMedia Video

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

“The fastest growing political party in America is no party, which is to say, that the fastest growing group of voters are unaffiliated with either party. That’s a market statement on the two major parties.” – Senator Joseph Lieberman. On September 27, Senator Joseph Lieberman sat down with PajamasMedia CEO Roger L. Simon in Washington, DC to talk about the political atmosphere of America, Lieberman’s quest for re-election, and what it is likely to be the front-running political hybrid in the 2006 race.An audio podcast of this interview is HERE.

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Hanson on Democrats, the Dotage of Jimmy Carter, and Oliver Stone:

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

“In his dotage, Carter is proving once again that he is as malicious and mean-spirited a public figure as he is historically ignorant. And for all his sanctimonious Christian veneer, and fly-fishing, ‘aw shucks blue-jeans image, he can’t hide an essentially ungracious and unkind soul. Does he have any idea of Lincoln and Andrew Johnson suspending habeas corpus and shutting down newspapers, Woodrow Wilson jailing political dissidents, FDR interning American citizens and executing German agents in secret military tribunals?” Continued…

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Lieberman: “I can forgive… but I probably won’t forget.”

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

In an exclusive video interview with PJ Media, Senator Joseph Lieberman – the former Democrat now running as an Independent to retain his Connecticut senate seat – was asked by PJM’s CEO Roger Simon if he could forgive once close friends Chris Dodd, Al Gore and Teddy Kennedy, for endorsing his opponent Ned Lamont, the former Democratic Party vice-presidential candidate responded: “I can forgive … but I probably won’t forget.”

Lieberman is leading Lamont in the latest polls by upwards of ten percent.

See the full video interview HERE ON PAJAMAS MEDIA.

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School Shooters, Depression and Prevention

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

The killer in a Colorado school shooting a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15041037/”focused on taking female hostages/a. I wonder what we will find out about his history that led him to conclude that this rampage was his only solution? Notice that many mass murderers/school shooters kill themselves or are killed by the police during the crime. The men and boys who commit these crimes are often highly suicidal and decide that if no one cares about their perceived pain and emotional turmoil, they might as well take others down with them in a high drama episode that lets the world know how they feel.br /br /It makes sense to me that we try to address male depression and high suicide rates as a way to prevent these killings. Ignoring the emotional problems of men and boys can have terrible repurcussions that affect not only the mental health of men and boys, but affect innocent victims like the girls at this high school. Prevention on the front end makes more sense than doing nothing if we are truly interested in saving lives. None of this excuses what these killers have done, but it is better to figure out how to put a stop to these rampages then it is to decide what to do with a perpretrator once they have killed. As a therapist who has worked with potential killers and seen how effective correcting these a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_distortion”cognitive distortions /aand behavior can be, I think that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Witchdoctor Medicine

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Catherine Seipp’s daughter is starting college. After some motherly advice, Seipp observes that when it comes to life-saving medicine and vaccines, the far Right boasts as big a nut bowl as the far Left.

One of the first things I had my 17-year-old daughter do when she began college this fall was make an appointment to get the new anti-HPV (for “Human Papillomavirus“) vaccine at the university’s student health center…. (Continued)

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New York to Ban Trans Fats?

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Dave at the a href=”http://www.thecrisper.com/”Crisper Blog /a has the lowdown on a href=”http://thecrisper.com/index.php/2006/09/26/nyc-explores-banning-trans-fats/”NYC banning trans fatty acids /ain restaurants. Can the government really operate like a nanny state and tell people what to put in their bodies? I say, “no,” it should not. I do not care that it may be unhealthy–the overriding principle is that people have the right to choose what to put in their bodies, no matter what. Why not just have the restaurant list the amount of trans fat on their menu? Then consumers can decide if this is right for themselves. How can citizens ever learn personal responsibility if their choices are made for them by those who “know best?”

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Don’t Blame the Guy, He was Just Hormonal

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

a href=”http://drwes.blogspot.com/2006/09/testosterone-storm.html”Dr. Wes /a is a bit put out with the sexist interpretation a female researcher gives to men with too much testosterone. Does too much testosterone make muscle-bound men cut women off the road in a hormone driven rampage? “Yes,” a href=”http://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNewsstoryID=13608276src=rss/healthNews”according to a study /aby a team of researchers on the effects of testosterone: br /br /blockquote“Tests on brain cells in lab dishes showed that while a little of the male hormone is good, too much of it causes cells to self-destruct in a process similar to that seen in brain illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.”/blockquotebr /br /But it seems rats weren’t enough. It seems the ladies had to go and cross the line:br /br /blockquote”Next time a muscle-bound guy in a sports car cuts you off on the highway, don’t get mad — just take a deep breath and realize that it might not be his fault,” Ehrlich said in a statement./blockquotebr /br /Perhaps these same researchers of male deficiencies could try to make sense out of the a href=”http://www.ncsconline.org/WC/Publications/Res_Traffic_RoadRagePub.pdf#search=%22number%20of%20women%20in%20road%20rage%20incidents%22″increased road rage of women in the two decades/a:br /br /blockquoteThe angry, young male profile of the aggressive driver is changing. The number of non-fatal traffic accidents involving women has increased eighteen percent over the last twenty years. Women’s involvement in non-fatal accidents in 2000 was greater than that of men. Dr. Barbara Curbow, an assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences at John Hopkins University, researched the driving behavior of working women. Curbow discovered that women who have a demanding job and the additional stress of providing a good home life for their families “often become Mad Maxine on the roads.” Futhermore, Curbow found a stronger correlation between stressful home lives and aggressive driving than aggressive driving caused by job stress. “Road rage was highest for women with low home rewards and high home responsibilities…[it was] lowest for women with high home rewards and high home responsibilities.”/blockquotebr /br /So Dr. Wes makes a good pointa href=”http://drwes.blogspot.com/2006/09/testosterone-storm.html” when he says this /aabout “soccer moms”:br /br /blockquoteHave you ever been on the road at the hours between 3PM and 4 PM and seen a woman on a cell phone, sipping a latte, driving an SUV like a bat out of hell as she rushes to pick up her kids from school? It makes us ‘muscle-bound guys’ look like fairies! Never, ever, pretend such a woman gives a damn about anyone else on the road. Just stay out of her way. It seems womens’ amygdala are in epileptiform tetany at this time of day. Please, Dr. Ehrlich, don’t be too quick to judge male driving habits./blockquote br /br /So, according to these studies, for women, it appears that road rage is a social response to stress and for men, it is biological due to too much testosterone. Does this mean that medical and behavioral experts should get men off the hook for road rage incidents since they can’t help themselves? I doubt that will ever happen (nor should it, necessarily). I do, however, find it interesting that women’s problems always seem to be blamed on other people–you know, those people who do not reward them enough at home, while men’s problems are always blamed on the man himself, when convenient, or on biology, but only when convenient.br /br /What do you think, who is more angry on the roads, men or women?br /br /strongUpdate/strong: Speaking of road rage, I assisted a colleague in putting out a road rage tape some years ago. I see a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0963412639?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0963412639″it is still up on Amazon/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0963412639″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / but I so emdo not /emrecommend it.

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PAJAMAS AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB:

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

PJ Media POLITICSCENTRAL hosted a standing room only panel discussion last night at the National Press Club in Washington DC . Topic: “How Partisan Is Too Partisan?” Panelists: Michael Barone (US News), Paul Mirengoff (Powerline), Tom Bevan (Real Clear Politics), Mark Blumenthal (The Mystery Pollster), Cliff May of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Jane Hall of Fox News Watch.Moderator: Glenn Reynolds.

Present and announced at the event were two NEW EDITORS for PJ Media: Paris Editor Nidra Poller and Washington Editor Richard Miniter who appeared in his pajamas and Turnbull & Asser robe. (More photos, video and transcripts to come.)

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The Sanity Squad on Clinton and that “nice little conservative hit job.”

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

The blogosphere and much of the media are abuzz with talk of ex-President Clinton’s feisty interview with Chris Wallace, in which Clinton defended his record on Osama Bin Laden and accused Wallace of doing a “nice little conservative hit job on me.” The Sanity Squad analyzes Clinton, as well as the reaction to his words, and the divisiveness and finger-pointing of the post-9/11 political world.

This week’s special guest is Gagdad Bob, who blogs at One Cosmos. Bob is a clinical psychologist as well as an extreme seeker and spiritual aspirant. But in some ways Bob is indescribable–although he has been described, on Daily Kos, as “the most obnoxious man in America.” (Listen to this exclusive podcast HERE)

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"Ugly" Americans Abroad

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

I lovea href=”http://travel.msn.com/Guides/article.aspx?cp-documentid=347901GT1=8599″ these guidelines /a proposed by a pompous outfit called the Business for Diplomatic Action for Americans traveling abroad. Apparently, this group is “concerned by an apparent rise in what it calls ‘negative stereotypes about our collective personality,’ and ‘is hoping to clean up the image of Americans abroad.” The group has published a set of guidelines for travelers, a href=”http://www.worldcitizensguide.org/”the World Citizens Guide/a, that suggests proper ways of behaving when visiting countries outside of the U.S.br /br /blockquoteAmong its tips: br /br /Be humble. In many countries, boasting is considered very rude. … Assume resentment as a default and play down your wealth, power and status.br /br /Refrain from lecturing. Nobody likes a know-it-all, and nobody likes a whole nation of them.br /br /Be quiet. A loud voice is often perceived as a bragging voice. Casual profanity is almost always considered unacceptable.br /br /Dress for respect. Jeans, T-shirts and sneakers work for many of us much of the time, but there are people in other countries who believe such casualness is a sign of disrespect to them and their beliefs. /blockquotebr /br /Perhaps people from other countries should be given the proper code of etiquette when they come here to the United States. It seems that we are often told to be tolerant of other cultures, no matter how outrageous or unusual the behavior. Because I must say–that whenever I encounter unusual or odd behavior from visitors to America, I usually hear how I am supposed to be sensitive to cultural differences. Are there concerned groups elsewhere telling foreign visitors how to behave properly in the US or is it just politically correct to bad mouth Americans while holding others to a lower standard?

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Grand Rounds is Up

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

a href=”http://www.healthline.com/blogs/medical_devices/2006/09/grand-rounds-volume-3-number-1-happy.html”Grand Rounds /a is up at Tech Medicine. Take a look, especially if you are concerned about spinach and E.Coli–there is some good advice. Also, take a look at a href=”http://www.bloggingbaby.com/2006/09/22/pregnant-women-selling-non-alcoholic-beer/”this picture of a pregnant woman in a bikini /aadvertising non-alcoholic beer–is this such a good idea? I could be persuaded either way.

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Autumn of the Partisans:

Monday, September 25th, 2006

The base may still nominate but in an era when it doesn’t elect does the hyperpartisan still get to serve? PajamasMedia Special Correspondent William Bradley says California provides a clue.

In this era in which hyperpartisans - on both far sides of the aisle – have become adept at screaming their mantras and building their straw men, frequently dominating what passes for “debate,” something very interesting is happening in California.

The partisans are beginning to evaporate… (Continued)

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Interview With A Conservative:

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Ed Driscoll interviews Bruce Frohnen, the co-editor of %%AMAZON=1932236430 American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia%% for Tech Central Station.

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If Only We Could Understand These Women

Monday, September 25th, 2006

What is it about this September that is bringing female baby snatchers and killers out of the woodwork? So far, a woman has had her a href=”http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/nation/15561104.htm”throat cut by a woman and her baby stolen /ain Missouri (the good news–the baby was found) and now another a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14984707/”woman in Illinois has been killed along with her fetus /aand three children by a female baby-sitter. What is suprising to me is that no one seems overly frightened or concerned by this behavior, possibly because these crimes were committed by women. Face it, if two similar crimes this close together had been committed by males against females and their babies (take the Scott Peterson case, for example), the press coverage would be different, with the horrors of the perpretrator being discussed — and with good reason given the nature of these crimes. But with the female perpretrators, the first thing called for is a a href=”http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,215481,00.html”psychological evaluation/a and, of course, a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14984707/”a little understanding/a: br /br /blockquoteOn Sunday, the community turned to prayer to understand the slayings at a service for the slain family.br /br /“This is an opportunity for people to turn to God,” said Debra Kenton, a member of the New Life Community Church. “Who else can explain things like this?”/blockquotebr /br /I doubt very much that the female killer, Tiffany Hall, in the Illinois case will get death by lethal injection like Scott Peterson, despite possibly having killed five people. Tell me, if you can, what is the difference?

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Hail to the Coif:

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

The Manolo (He of “The Manolo Loves The Shoes”) Opines on the Fabulousness and the Not-So-Fabulousness of the Political Combovers, the Plugs, the Mullet and the Mop Top.

Manolo says, recently the Manolo has been thinking about the hairstyles of the Presidents. For the example, the current president, George the W. Bush, has the mostly non-descript hair; the sort of the short, no-nonsense, cut-by-the-elderly-barber-named-Mory hair…. (Continued)

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September Originals @ Politics Central

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

All of the POLITICSCENTRAL articles, essays, and podcasts from September in one place. Be sure to check in and see what you missed.

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Family Vacations

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Well, wish me luck–I am going on a weekend retreat to the mountains with my immediate family for the first time in over 30 years (the last vacation I took with my whole family was at the age of ten when we traveled less than an hour to a camp ground). My father later told me he had contemplated suicide with his five kids in the back of our old station wagon fighting the whole way. I, however, remember the vacation as really exciting and fun–but I was looking at it through the eyes of a kid. I have since gone on several nice vacations with individual family members which have always been a pleasure–but this time, the majority of my family will be there, except for my wonderful father who died four years ago and a brother who lives too far away. I look forward to a chance to get away and re-connect with my siblings and mother in a relaxed setting away from the problems of life for a while. Life is so complex these days with family responsibilites, work, family illness, problems etc. but it is in the moments of quiet with friends and family that life really happens. It is best to savor them while we can.br /br /strongUpdate/strong: Well, the vacation was a big success–everyone had a wonderful time and got along beautifully. The one downside was that the cabin we rented was totally made of wood, with no runners, meaning that the floors and stairs were very slippery–I had warned my mother, who is in her sixties to be careful about falling, but of course, I was the one who took a tumble. I fell down a flight of stairs (after trying to catch a cup of coffee I had stupidly dropped), bruised my tailbone and a toe, along with my ego, but it could have been worse. Other than that, it was great.

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The Chavez-Carter Connection

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Claudia Rosett of The Rosett Report takes a trip down memory lane. “With Hugo Chavez romping around New York this week, plugging Noam Chomsky and sniffing out sulfur, let’s not forget the man who in his own humble way did so much to make this visit possible – Jimmy Carter.” Plus, who pays what to the UN in “Axis of Free-Loaders.”

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Green Tech Vs. The Empire:

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

In California, A Proposition to Tax Big Oil is Popular. But Is It Popular Enough? by William Bradley

Oil companies are unpopular, alternative fuels are well thought of, there is major concern about climate change, and there is an initiative on California’s November ballot that addresses all those concerns. It’s ahead in the polls. Yet its fate remains very uncertain. It is called Proposition 87. [Read More Here]

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If Ahmadinejad Wants the UN, Let Him Have It

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

“Don’t renovate it, just move it to Tehran!” That’s what ace UN-reporter Claudia Rosett of The Rosett Report has to say about Tuesday’s UN “performance from a scruffy little man in a sports jacket to Big Brother gloating over his nuclear racket. Standing in front of the dais manned by high UN officials, the whole scene set against the stage’s sweeping golden backdrop and UN emblem, he began speaking in a soft voice. He quickly got louder and louder, declaiming, ranting….” Read all about it at PajamasXPress / The Rosett Report.

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Too Much Homework?

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

img src=”http://blogs.knoxnews.com/knx/silence/archives/images/homework.jpg” align=rightIs homework for kids a good thing? I have never thought so–now a new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307340171?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0307340171″emThe Case Against Homework/em,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0307340171″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / says that there is a href=”http://www.slate.com/id/2149593?GT1=8592″no link between homework and achievement for elementary students/a:br /br /blockquoteFor elementary-school students, Cooper found that “the average correlation between time spent on homework and achievement … hovered around zero.” In Kohn’s book, he highlights a 1998 study that Cooper and his colleagues did with second- through 12th-graders. For younger students, the amount of homework completed had no effect on test scores and bore a negative relationship to grades. (The results weren’t quite so grim for older students. Their grades rose in relation to the amount of homework they completed, though their test scores did not.) Kohn looks at these findings and concludes that most homework is at best a waste of time and at worst a source of tedious vexation. /blockquotebr /br /All I know is, last year in elementary school, my kid and her friends were miserable and cranky, with hours of homework every night that seemed senseless. (The picture is her homework from one day last year — the backpack is full, and weighed 19 pounds. PLUS the stack of books next to it.) Now, in middle school, homework ranges between zero to fifteen minutes a night–all very manageable. I have seen the kids in her middle school blossom into happier, more cheerful beings who have time for other interests. Is less homework the reason? It sure seems like it to me.

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MSM, NGOs AND PARANOIA

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

[In an essay exclusive to PJM South America Editor NELSON ASCHER looks at the strange symbiotic relationship between the Mainstream Media and Non-Governmental Organziations and what it means to our lives.-ed.]
Nobody trusts the government. The politicians are corrupt. The government is always lying to the people. It works against the people’s true interests and only promotes the selfish interests of its own members and their friends….” Continued.

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Podcast with Jim Geraghty

Monday, September 18th, 2006

a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743290429?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0743290429″img alt=”geraghtycov.jpg” src=”http://instapundit.com/archives/images/geraghtycov.jpg” width=”104″ align=right border=0 height=”160″ //aToday, we talk with a href=”http://tks.nationalreview.com/”National Review Online/a blogger Jim Geraghty about his new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743290429?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0743290429″emVoting to Kill: How 9/11 Launched the Era of Republican Leaders./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0743290429″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / He discusses whether 9/11 will make a lasting difference in American politics, what the Democrats can do to win back “security moms” and other national security voters and whether Hillary Clinton can save the Democratic Party. br /br /You can listen to the podcast by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060918-geraghty.mp3″clicking here/a or for no download waiting time–a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/09/18/the_glenn_and_helen_show_jim_g.php”click here/a and click on the grey flash player. For those with dial-up access, you can a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060918-geraghty-lofi.mp3″click here/a. If you would like to visit our archives of previous shows, go to a href=”http://www.glennandhelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenShow.com/a.

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Carnival of the Insanities

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

The a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/09/carnival-of-insanities_17.html”Carnival of the Insanities /a is up over at Dr. Sanity’s blog.

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