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We Thought We Were the Movers and Shakers, So How Come Everyone is Laughing at Us?

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Well, forget the tits, it’s all just really about the a href=”http://beltwayblogroll.nationaljournal.com/archives/2006/09/the_blog_lunch.php”blog lunch that backfired/a. The lefty bloggers thought they hit the big time lunching with former President Clinton but all that happened is that the blogosphere was reminded of Clinton’s prior groping behavior and inappropriate conduct. Maybe if some on the left a href=”http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2006/09/sweet_column_first_look_at_new.html”would stop being so reactionary/a, people might start listening to them again. But they can’t seem to help themselves. By piling all over a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2006/09/lets-take-closer-look-at-those-breasts.html”Ann Althouse /athey made sure that everyone was reminded of Bill Clinton’s checkered past, and of the lefty blogosphere’s worship of (Democratic) power over principles.br /br /strongUpdate/strong: The a href=”http://bintalshamsa.blogspot.com/2006/09/hypocrites-abound.html”reason this woman will /anot be going back to a href=”http://feministing.com/archives/005710.html”Feministing/a:br /br /blockquoteThe part I don’t understand is this: Who did Jessica think she was aligning herself with when she decided to be a part of this picture? If she truly believes that a woman deserves to be seen as more than a collection of sexually-appealing body parts, then why would she choose to associate herself with Clinton of all people? It just doesn’t make sense. Then today when I visited her website I see this post: a href=”http://feministing.com/archives/005708.html#c51169″Anti-feminist hypocrisy/a.br /br /Now, can someone please explain to me how Jessica could have a post on her site talking about how a woman posed nude in some photographs and still have some justifiable complaint about people discussing her breasts? Am I the only one who noticed that the link on that post is to another post entitled “a href=”http://dlisted.blogspot.com/2006/09/somebody-slap-this-slut.html”Somebody Slap this Slut”?/a br /br /Given all of this, I see her gripe regarding a discussion about her breasts to be quite hypocritical. If Ann’s post was as “un-feminist” as Jessica seems to think, then what should we think of what’s on her website? How can someone with a blog featuring a discussion about how a woman’s nude photos showed her “open wide” really have room to complain about this post? I’d love to hear some of those who are so offended by Ann’s post show how that’s logical.br /br /As for the idea that Clinton should have felt honored to be in the room with these bloggers, all I can say is this: I think that all of these people deserved each other because I figure every politician needs sheeple who support him and Peter Daou went out and found Clinton a group of bloggers who were willing to sell out progressive causes in order have the opportunity to take that photo.br /br /I gave up on feministing months ago when the writing on the wall came in the form of Jessicabr /br /1. deciding to allow her readers to repeatedly make racist comments to a blogger that she had interviewedbr /br /andbr /br /2. leaving this interview (along with the despicable comments) on her site despite the interviewee’s request for feministing to remove the post since she no longer wanted to be associated with what they were willing to allow there. That means I have a little more time to explore other blogs. I know one thing for sure. I’d definitely prefer to check out Althouse regularly before I’d ever go back to visiting Feministing when I’m on the look out for logical arguments but hey, that’s just me. What do I know, I’m just another inconsequential black chic whose probably just envious because I can’t be a href=”http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=243422784size=l”just like these clowns/a, right?/blockquotebr /br /Apparently, this is not the first time that the Feministing blog has had problems with hypocrisy. It probably won’t be the last.

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We Don’t Support Gropers except for Bill Clinton

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

In a recent post, Ann Althouse a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2006/09/bill-clinton-lunching-with-bloggers.html”rightly pokes fun at a picture /a of a group of left-leaning bloggers who met with and posed with Bill Clinton. Professor Althouse points out the irony of a female blogger from a href=”http://feministing.com/archives/005710.html”a “feminist” blog /astanding in front of Clinton posing in a rather provocative stance. When the blogger, Jessica, comes to protest on Professor Althouse’s blog that she is being judged for her looks (yes, she is pretty clueless), she gets this dressing down from the professor:br /br /blockquoteJessica: I’m not judging you by your looks. (Don’t flatter yourself.) I’m judging you by your apparent behavior. It’s not about the smiling, but the three-quarter pose and related posturing, the sort of thing people razz Katherine Harris about. I really don’t know why people who care about feminism don’t have any edge against Clinton for the harm he did to the cause of taking sexual harrassment seriously, and posing in front of him like that irks me, as a feminist. So don’t assume you’re the one representing feminist values here. Whatever you call your blog…./blockquotebr /br /Well, the irony to me is that the same left-leaning “feminist” types fawn over, and show support for Bill Clinton–one of the biggest gropers and sexual harrassers around–all the while shrieking that if a man tries to touch them in a bar, all bets are off and physical violence will follow. In response a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/09/bit-of-over-reaction.html”to my post /aabout whether or not a woman should use a violent reaction in response to being emalmost touched /emin a bar, the “feminists” came out in full force to say that a href=”http://pandagon.net/2006/09/12/please-wont-someone-think-of-the-gropers/”I was supporting gropers /awhen I said that using violence in that setting as an eminitial reaction /emwas not the best idea. br /br /But, apparently, if the man is powerful and a real sociopath–uhh, I mean charmer–these “feminists” sing a different tune. Groping, sexual harassment, and unwanted advances from such a doll (a href=”http://americablog.blogspot.com/2006/09/we-just-had-lunch-in-nyc-with-real.html”with beautiful blue eyes/a at that!) are A-OK with them and here is the picture to prove it. You go, girls!br /br /strongGROPER’S SUPPORT GROUP/strongbr /br /a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/1600/groperssupportpng.png”img style=”cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/320/groperssupportpng.png” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /br /strongUpdate:/strong Well, I guess Jessica from the a href=”http://www.feministing.com/”Feministing blog /awho is featured in the Clinton picture above is making the rounds to various blogs to stand up for her honor. She writes:br /br /blockquoteHelen, you’re being disingenuous about my response to the Althouse. I didn’t complain about the POST judging my looks, but rather the comments in the thread doing so. Which, if you read them, are clearly completely focused on the way I looked. So please, if you’re going to post about this—at least be honest.br /br /I’m not even going to touch the fact that you think standing for a picture is “provocative.”/blockquotebr /br /My response— br / br /Jessica,br /br /I really do not care how you look in the picture — I care that you were in the picture emat all./em Really, posing with Bill Clinton as the poster boy for women’s rights? Come on….I would have been flipping him a bird for making a fool of me and my gender. br /br /If you were a gay-rights activist, would you happily pose with David Duke?br /br /Update II: Jessica offers a very reasonable response:br /br /blockquoteAnd I think that’s a completely valid argument. But then why link to a post that became all about my breasts? Don’t you think that’s beneath the conversation you’d like to have?/blockquotebr /br /My response:br /br /blockquoteThanks for offering something that can start a logical conversation. I am sorry if your looks got dragged into this, but I assume that it was the posturing of your body–that you looked so proud etc. to be with Bill Clinton etc. that led others to believe that you “approved” of his past behavior. I realize that maybe you did feel proud–that you were invited to go meet a former President–I can understand that. However, given the values you say that you are for–women’s rights, the right not to be sexually harrassed in the workplace etc., can you really say that posing with him was the right thing to do? If I was anti-war and posed with Bush, smiling the whole time with a weapon in my hand, would you not wonder about me and point out my hypocrisy? BTW, this is not the case for me–I would be fine with posing with President Bush etc. but that is another story./blockquotebr /br /strongUpdate III:/strong Seriously people, the breast thing is getting really dull–I do not give a damn if women want to put their breasts all over the internet–unless they have a political agenda that is hypocritical. As you can see, the t-shirts I have worn on the internet are proof of how little I care if women model t-shirts etc., their tits etc. br /br /However, when you have a political message that contradicts the wearing of these t-shirts, it is fair game to call a person out on it. I am not holding myself out as a feminist blog opposed to sexual harassment and then running out to get my picture made with Bill Clinton–if I did, I would see myself as the hypocrit I would rightly be. br /br /Again, children, this is not about breasts–it is about the politics of “feminists” who balk at the idea that they cannot break the fingers of men who approach them in a bar and then have the gall to actually defend a group of “feminists” who hang out with Mr. Happy Hands himself. Just my observation. Now I have to get going–thanks for all the links from your angry blogs–it really helps boost my traffic!br /br /strongUpdate IV:/strong a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/09/we-thought-we-were-movers-and-shakers.html”The real reason lefty bloggers /awho dine with Clinton are so upset.

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Oriana Fallaci Dies

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Sadly, the writer a href=”http://www.townhall.com/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ContentGuid=5fac44e1-cdf7-447c-b2c5-f543477cc44c”Oriana Fallaci has died of cancer /a (a href=”http://withmalicetowardnone.blogspot.com/2006/09/oriana-fallaci-dies.html”Hat Tip: With Malice Toward None/a). I have always been a big fan or her work–especially a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0847825043?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0847825043″emThe Rage and The Pride/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0847825043″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / There is more at a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2006/09/in_memoriam.php”PajamasMedia.com/a.

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Blog Week in Review, September 15, 2006

Friday, September 15th, 2006

%%AMAZON=0307346811 Hubris%% was the case and the subject matter as Glenn Reynolds and David Corn spar a bit over the Plame story in this week’s Blog Week In Review. Austin Bay hosts; Ed Driscoll produces.

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A Note on Comments

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

You might have noted that I enabled the comment moderation for a couple of days during a a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/09/bit-of-over-reaction.html”discussion of this post/a. While I enjoy lively discussion and have no problem with disagreements with myself or others, the thread disinigrated into such a juvenile level of name calling, and just plain silly behavior that I chose to moderate the comments. br /br /Remember, I do not have time to always read through and moderate these comments as they come in–and I really do not want to, as I feel that people should say what they want on my blog, within reason. But, unfortunately, people also associate my views with the commenters–making it my business what people here say. But some of the commenters–particularly those coming from live journal sites (you know you’ve hit bottom when you see these in your referral stats) are just attacks, plain and simple. If you wish to change people’s minds, at least use an ounce of common sense and decency, unless your purpose is just to harrass others, in which case, you are wasting your time here. br /br /I will add that most of my regular readers are gems, have great insight and even when they do not like what I say, are polite and knowleadgeable, often getting me to stop and think. However, the trolls make it more difficult for everyone. I hope that I can keep the comment section open and unmoderated and that good sense (and good discussion) will prevail.

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Podcast with Bill Frist

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Today, we have Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist back on to discuss some important issues that are going on this week in Congress. First, he talks about the earmark transparency bill on pork which has now passed the Senate and the House. Next, he moves on to his new site, a href=”http://www.volpac.org/index.cfm?FuseAction=Campaigns.FormCampaign_id=59″BloggingforBolton.com/a, the military tribunal bill, why he supports Bob Corker in the Tennessee senate race and finally, what he plans on doing after his term is up.br /br /You can listen to the podcast a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/09/14/the_glenn_and_helen_show_bill.php”here at PJ Media/a–no downloading necessary. You can download the file by clicking a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060914-Frist.mp3″right here./a If you’re a dialup user, you can a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060914-Frist.mp3″click here/a for a lo-fi version. You can find our past podcast archives at the a href=”http://www.glennandhelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenShow.com/a.br /br /Update: For those of you who prefer a transcript of our talk with Senator Frist, a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/09/14/the_glenn_and_helen_show_bill.php”click here. /a

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Frist-casting:

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

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.

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Clueless

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

A a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14818183/”school shooting in Montreal/a–this time at a college campus.br /br /Update: Sari Stein has more a href=”http://www.geocities.com/segacs2/weblog/”on the shooting here /a(Hat tip: Instapundit). What I found most interesting is that Canadians seem to have no realization that violent crime exists:br /br /blockquoteJust to give you an idea of how uncommon it is to hear gunshots in Montreal, CBC is interviewing one student who said she was in the other cafeteria at the time when they first heard the shots, and that for about 10 minutes afterwards, people just continued doing whatever they were doing before, because nobody actually realized they were gunshots until someone ran into the room screaming at them to get out. She said everyone assumed it was a joke, or fireworks, or just a random loud noise./blockquotebr /br /This same a href=”http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/mass/marc_lepine/3.html”lack of awareness and realization/a of danger was apparent when a madman opened fire in the 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique at the University of Montreal :br /br /blockquoteSatisfied, the rampage killer returned to the escalator and went down. His next stop: the first floor cafeteria, where more than 100 people had gone for dinner. Students running through had urged them all to flee, but many had dismissed the warnings as last-day pranks. Those few who decided to leave did so quickly. Many remained and continued with their meal or indulged in the free wine offered that day to celebrate the term ending. Around them hung signs wishing them a Happy New Year a year that some would never see. For them, it would be their last drink./blockquotebr /br /Maybe it’s time Canadians opened their eyes and started providing instructions to students on how to respond in an emergency because sitting there finishing your lunch is as clueless as it gets.br /br /strongUpdate/strong: a href=”http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:I3pvdq9pT1MJ:vampirefreaks.com/u/fatality666+fatality666hl=enct=clnkcd=2″Here is a link to the killer’s webpage /aat vampirefreaks.com. Notice on the page that his dislikes include “Animal Cruelty, anyone who supports the American Government, capitalists, Republicans, racists” and just about everybody else. I wonder where his life and mind took such a wrong turn to be so full of hate?

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Why Blog?

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Dr. Wes a href=”http://drwes.blogspot.com/2006/09/why-i-blog.html”discusses his reasons /a for blogging.

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Podcast with Bob Corker

Monday, September 11th, 2006

a href=”http://www.bobcorkerforsenate.com/”img alt=”corker.jpg” src=”http://instapundit.com/archives/images/corker.jpg” align=right border=0 width=”150″ height=”192″ //abr /Today we are talking with a href=”http://www.bobcorkerforsenate.com/”Bob Corker/a, the former Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, who is running for Bill Frist’s Senate seat in November. Corker, a Republican is running against Democratic Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. and it looks like it will be a close race–so close that John Hawkins at Right Wing News has a href=”http://www.rightwingnews.com/archives/week_2006_09_03.PHP#006387″categorized this campaign /a a “dogfight.” Mr. Corker talks with us about where he stands on national security, gun rights, immigration, spending and how he differs from his opponent. br /br /You can listen to the podcast by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060912-Corker.mp3″clicking here/a or by subscribing a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″via iTunes./a If you have dial-up, you can listen a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060912-Corker-lofi.mp3″here./a br /br /Or you can just a href=”http://www.politicscentral.com/2006/09/11/the_glenn_and_helen_show_bob_c.php”go here/a and click on the gray Flash player to listen directly from your browser with no downloading required.br /br /You can listen and compare the two candidates on the issues by listening to our previous interview with a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/04/podcast-with-harold-ford-jr.html”Harold Ford, Jr./a too, if you’d like.

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A Bit of an Over-Reaction?

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

I saw on author John Scalzi’s blog that his wife, Krissy,a href=”http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004449.html” had a run-in with a drunk at a bar/a who was apparently trying to pick her up (Hap tip: a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives/032477.php”Instapundit)./a Scalzi states:br /br /blockquoteShe basically ignored him for most of the evening, until the point where the guy actually tried to touch her. At which point she shoved him up against a wall, jammed her arm into his throat and said, “I have had enough of you being rude and disrespectful toward women. The next time I see you, you will be polite and show respect.” At which point the dude started blubbering all sorts of drunken apologies./blockquotebr /br /Scalzi shows a a href=”http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004449.html”picture of Krissy /awith a baseball bat and a caption reading, “Respect me for me. Or because I will beat the holy crap out of you. Really, it’s your choice.” How charming. So the implication is that if one is a woman, she can beat the crap out of someone for “disrespecting her?” This regressive behavior is typical of the violent youth I see who have so little impulse control that they beat someone up for “dissing them.” I would hope a grown woman of Krissy’s obvious intelligence would have more sense than that. But no. She decides that a man in an open public place emjust trying to touch her /emwarranted shoving him against a wall and putting her hand to his throat. br /br /Apparently the a href=”http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004449.html”female commenters to this post /a advocate assault against men and are as regressed as Krissy, if not more so:br /br /blockquoteMost excellent.It reminds me of when my friend Shernita confronted with an aggressive yahoo who referred to her as a [n-word - sorry, can't even type it] in a bar. She asked if that was le mot juste, and on being provided with an affirmative, politely introduced the speaker’s face to her knee./blockquote br /br /blockquoteKrissy Rocks! I’ve always wanted her to guest post…or start her own blog. But now I know that she is too busy doing the essential task of keeping men in their place./blockquotebr /br /blockquoteNote to Krissy: I have found the breaking of fingers is also quite effective, as I believe you noted earlier. Were you channeling Jane?/blockquotebr /br /If a man lost his self control and put his hand to a female admirer’s throat, think of the repurcussions. He might be arrested for assault or at least thrown out of the bar. Instead, a woman is seen as really cute and a real sexual turn-on as is stated by one of the a href=”http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004449.html”male commenters to the post/a, “I think I just got a hard-on…” Talk about sexist–the real sexism here is by male and female commenters who act like a women’s act of violence is so ineffectual, it should be labeled as cute and sexy.br /br /Krissy had a number of options before she used violence in this situation, for it is not one of self-defense like someone breaking into your house or holding you up on the street. It is a common annoyance that happens in bars and does not usually warrant a choke-hold as an initial reaction. She ignored the guy initially–great–but that didn’t work. The next step might have been to talk firmly to the guy, if that didn’t work, some verbal humiliation might be next along with some verbal intimidation. Perhaps she could have gone next to the manager and told him or her that this man was bothering her–they might have put him out. After that, if he physically touched her, a warning that physical consequences would follow might be next and then they should follow.br /br /But to start with violence, to me is an over-reaction, and one that she and her husband, along with their joyous commenters should not be celebrating. It is giving women license to use force when no clear danger is present other than dealing with annoying drunks who find them attractive. Is this annoying?–yes. Upsetting?–yes. But deadly? It sure didn’t seem that way from the description. br /br /Fathers teach boys the boundaries of when and how to use violence appropriately–at least they used to. Boys with good role models for fathers teach them how to control their aggressive impulses when necessary as well as when to use them appropriately in the right situation. Perhaps we should be teaching the same concepts to girls and women.br /br /When I write about self-defense, people often accuse me of favoring violence in general. But that’s not true. Violence in self-defense is different from violence in response to “disrespect.” Part of being responsible is being . . . responsible.br /br /strongUpdate/strong: Krissy posts a response a href=”http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004449.html”to a commenter’s questions/a:br /br /Several questions: br /br /Did she ask him, politely or not, to leave her alone first before actually attacking him? br /br /Why is it that everyone here seems to be turned on by belligerent, butch women? br /br /Do you know any lawyers? Because if she actually hits someone who annoys here with a bat you’re going to need one. br /br /Krissy | September 10, 2006 05:28 PMbr /br /K – br /br /- Yes, I did ask him several times to leave it alone.br /br /- I may be a bitch woman but I am neither butch nor belligerent.br /br /- I did not actually hurt the little man.br /br /strongUpdate II:/strong Why is it that a href=”http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2006_09_10_alicublog_archive.html#115793083395497934″lefty bloggers can never understand /athe difference between self-defense and a bar room brawl? Could it be that in the former instance, a person is puting into practice their second amendment rights and in the latter one (at least in the above instance) a woman is humilating a man?br /br /strongUpdate III:/strong John Scalzi a href=”http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004449.html”updated his post /ato say that Krissy was grabbed and not just touched. My post was in response to his original one saying that the man emtried to touch her/em– if he had originally stated that the man had grabbed her etc., my post would have read differently as that would have been more evidence that the measures she took, were indeed, warranted. However, I am still of the opinion that promoting a picuture with a caption that advocates extreme measures–beating the crap out of others–for disrespect–is not socially useful. “Disrespect” is not generally a concept one can use as a legal defense to warrant using self-defense.br /br /Vox Day has a href=”http://voxday.blogspot.com/2006/09/tale-of-two-women.html” more thoughts on the incident/a–very reasonable ones, I might add.

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Women Learning to Shoot

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

I am often interested in many of the products that people are selling through BlogAds on my site, (I guess because the ads seem to match up to the topics I blog about) so I was pleasantly surprised when an outfit called DTI Publications Inc. ran an ad for a book entitled, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/0965942260tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″ememWomen Learning to Shoot: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers/em/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0965942260″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / I immediately ordered a copy and spent this afternoon reading over this nifty little gem. br /br /The book could not have arrived at a better time–it really inspired me to want to practice my shooting again–something I have not done since I had my a href=”http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=11227″ICD/a (Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator) put in last year–mainly because the darn thing hurts and I don’t want to irritate it. The first thing one of the doctors told me after the surgery was not to use a rifle on the side of my chest where the device was for a while. I told him that I would be more likely to use a handgun anyway so it wouldn’t matter. The next thing I knew, the doctor had dropped off some literature on “studies” indicating that more people are killed with a handgun in their home by family members etc. (yawn) than use their weapons for any type of self-defense (this is a href=”http://chezjacq.com/kopel.htm”actually not true/a). I laughed at the PC jargon and at the silly studies he gave me that boiled down to the fact that handguns can be used inappropriately by drunk, mentally impaired felons–well, Duhhhhh! I never needed a Ph.D to figure that out. br /br /Anyway, my point here is not to go off on a tangent on the benefits of gun rights vs. gun control, but rather to focus on the great tips in this book written by two women, Diane Nicholl Vicki Farnam. They focus on tips for female students who are learning to shoot and label their first chapter, “Risk and Opportunity”. They talk to the female student about how to manage the mental risk of shooting and use a bit of psychology to talk to a fear of success that women may have when shooting. br /br /The next chapters describe what a stance is and how to get a good stance, along with pictures and practice techniques. “Grip” is described in a subsequent chapter and I think, is quite important to get right, especially for women who tend to have small hands. The book describes a Modified Master Grip for women who have small hands or wrists which is a problem that I have had for most of my life. Technical tips for women are frequent throughout the book such as, “Women have sensitive ears. Make sure you have good hearing protection and it fits. Use foam ear plugs and muffs if necessary.” I also like the section on emotional reactions to shooting and dealing with recoil–I know that I have a tendency to flinch at times which often knocks my front and rear sights out of alignment.br /br /Finally, the last few chapters look at gun safety and gunhandling skills. The information is given in an easy to digest format that even the busiest woman can take in quickly. Overall, the book is quite good and I recommend it for women who want to learn to shoot as well as those who just need to perfect their technique.br /br /Update: Glenn has some video of mea href=”http://instapundit.com/archives/032427.php” shooting two years ago here/a. As you can see, I tend to flinch when I pull the trigger. Any advice from experts out there on how to get rid of this bad habit?

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Grand Rounds

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

a href=”http://casesblog.blogspot.com/2006/09/grand-rounds-volume-2-number-50.html” Medical Grand Rounds /a is up at Clinical Cases and Images Blog.

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How podcasts will -or won’t- be affected

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

by the proposed WIPO broadcast treaty: both Ars Technica and WIPO Casting Treaty take a look. (HT: Instapundit)

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Moving On Podcast

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Our a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/06/podcast-divorce-court-101.html”divorce podcast /a has been our most popular so far–but what do you do after a divorce or when a relationship fails? How do you move on and find the love of your life? Today we talk with relationship expert, Russell Friedman, who is the author of a new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/1590771273tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″emMoving On: Dump Your Relationship Baggage and Make Room for the Love of Your Life./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1590771273″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / He discusses how we come to have relationship baggage that we carry into our next relationship, how to cope with your own relationship issues, and why you can’t love someone into mental health and more.br /br /If you have just been divorced, are divorced, or have just gotten out of a relationship and feel like, “What’s the use, I’ll just fail again?” then you owe it to yourself to listen to the podcast and see if you can glean some worthwhile advice on how to complete your prior relationship and find the person you are looking for. br /br /You can a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060905-Friedman.mp3″listen to the podcast here/a (lo-fi version for dialup is a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20060905-Friedman-lofi.mp3″here/a) or subscribe a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″via iTunes./a And you can get all of our previous podcasts at a href=”http://www.theglennandhelenshow.com/”TheGlennandHelenShow.com/a.

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Divorce-casting:

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

The latest Glenn and Helen Show covers non-legal issues relating to divorce: they talk to Russell Friedman, relationship expert and author of %%AMAZON=1590771273 Moving On: Dump Your Relationship Baggage and Make Room for the Love of Your Life%%. “He offers a lot of good advice on dealing with divorces and breakups, and with relationships that you want to keep from facing a divorce or breakup, and when it’s best to pull the plug.”

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Crime Strike TV

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

I was flipping through channels today and happened to come upon a show with a woman being robbed at an ATM machine and subsequently kicking the guy in the balls until he fled. As she kicked him, her voice-over described how she had learned to defend herself in a class while working at a convenience store. She stated that if she had not fought back, she believes she would have been harmed or killed. She did not apologize or look frightened–she just stated what happened. At first, I was taken aback by a TV show that actually advocated fighting back as a way to avoid getting harmed: Most primetime shows usually show someone just acting scared, giving in, or feeling remorseful that they had to hurt someone. br /br /However, I realized that I should not have been surprised by the positive portrayal of self-defense when I saw it was hosted by a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/1595550410tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″Wayne LaPierre/a, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association. The show, ema href=”http://www.crimestriketv.com/”CrimeStrike /a/em”focuses on the people who have made life or death decisions that have ultimately put criminals behind bars. emCrime Strike /emfills in the details where emCops/em and emAmerica’s Most Wanted Fail/em.” In a time when pantywaists like the a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives/032282.php”UN try to say that self-defense is not a human right/a, it is refreshing to see that TV shows like emCrime Strike /emrealize that self-defense is the ultimate human right.br /br /Take a a href=”http://www.crimestriketv.com/”look at the website/a–there is some good video of people defending themselves with weapons and it reflects guns and self-defense in a positive light. It’s about time.

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