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Blog Week in Review, October 20, 2006 The Looming Tower

Friday, October 20th, 2006

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And the winner is … “FREERANGERS”!

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Yes, polls are closed and results tabulated on PJ Medias’ great search to find a name for the more than 40% of Americans not comfortable with being labeled “liberal,” “conservative” or even “moderate.”
FREERANGERS” is the winner with a solid plurality of 21% of 13 finalists. Congratulations to Bruce Lawrence who suggested the name. He receives the first ever pair of PJ Media pajamas.

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AK-47: The Weapon that Changed the Face of War

Friday, October 20th, 2006

ak47small.jpg "Even in the hands of untrained children who have no idea how to maintain or aim the crude weapon, the AK keeps banging away, and when a bullet hits flesh, there's a good chance someone will not get up." Author and war correspondent Michael Yon evaluates a new book on an old rifle that still finds favor over all others in combat. (Lock and load HERE)

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Al-Dura: The Verdict (Part Four)

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

“The verdict in the case of France 2 versus Philippe Karsenty was announced just seconds after the session was convened. We-those of us who stood with the defendant-hardly knew what hit us. The words were so alien, after what we had thought was a highly civilized search for the truth, a fair trial.”

Nidra Poller on the disappointing conclusion to the French state media’s prosecution of a man accused of “insulting” the press by suggesting that they report the truth. (Read more HERE)

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The US Into Darfur?:

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Victor Davis Hanson has no illusions when it comes to Darfur- The “Good” Iraq: “George Bush would be attacked the minute he put a soldier on the ground by the very humanitarians who are calling him to now act on the implicit premise that since there are no American economic or security interests in Darfur, we therefore should intervene.” (New today @ PajamasXpress’ “Works and Days.”)

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Heads on Platters at the Los Angeles Times

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Catherine Seipp, freelance writer, isn’t too upset at the forthcoming executions at the LA Times: “I generally see too much fat in these heavily staffed media institutions anyway. Getting rid of people who are paid no matter how little (or badly) they write, and replacing them with people who don’t get paid unless they work themselves up into something worth reading usually strikes me as a pretty good idea.” (Read more HERE)

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Angelides Desperation Watch

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

In a PajamasXpress exclusive at Bill Bradley’s New West Notes, the Schwarzenegger campaign has responded to the latest Phil Angelides allegation – that Arnold was a friend of South African apartheid. “Yesterday, speaking before a group of African-American ministers in Sacramento, Angelides claimed that Schwarzenegger had supported apartheid in South Africa. He offered little to back up the claim, which Schwarzenegger’s reputable biographers have dismissed.” Read it all at NWN, including how Arnold turns out to have been buddies with Nelson Mandela. PJ Media wants to know – can Angelides sink any lower?

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Liberal Says Liberals Are More Open-Minded and People who Disagree are Idiots

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

So I went out to get the mail and in it was my monthly issue of the emAmerican Psychologist/em, which is the Journal of the American Psychological Association. I generally skim over the studies to see if there is anything relevant that I can use as a practitioner, but generally, the journal ends up with the rest of my junk mail (which is rarely as politically correct as the APA journal) in the garbage heap. However, today, one of the articles entitled, ema href=”http://content.apa.org/journals/amp/61/7/651″The End of the End of Ideology/a/em caught my eye. br /br /I noticed that it was yet another social psychologist arguing that liberals had so many more “positive” qualities than conservatives. The tone of the article looked familiar and I noticed it was written by the same NYU professor, a href=”http://www.psych.nyu.edu/jost/”John Jost/a, who was one of the researchers in an earlier article I had written about before, ema href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2005/11/is-apa-biased.html”Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition/a. /em A more fitting title for the previous article would have been, “If we could just understand the social motivation of those stupid, rigid, close-minded conservatives, surely, we could change their wicked ways.” But of course, a professor of Dr. Jost’s stature would want to appear as unbiased as possible in order to make that point, so it is best to write in a manner that the APA journal has come to love: a vague, overly-wordy and cumbersome style that leaves most readers asleep before the third paragraph. br /br /Getting back to the current regurgitation article on the same topic, Jost finds in his research that liberals scored higher on openness than conservatives, what a surprise! “Results revealed that all six of the openness facets were associated with liberalism rather than conservatism: openness values (r=-.48), aesthetics (r=-.32), actions (r=-.27), ideas (r=-.24), feelings (r=-.24) and fantasy (r=-.19)” (emAmerican Psychologist/em, October 2006, pg. 663). So liberals are more open to ideas, feelings, and actions than conservatives. Dr.Jost, why not try this hypothesis out in the real world beyond the ivory tower? If you want to find out if liberals are open to new ideas, actions, and feelings, I challenge you to do the following:br /br /1) Post comments around on various lefty blogs such as FireDogLake, The Daily Kos or Alicublog. These comments should disagree with the view of the host or view of the blog or diary; for example, state that you support Israel at the Daily Kos, wonder if feminists who are against sexual harrassment should support Bill Clinton at FireDogLake, and/or politely stand up for colleagues at Alicublog who you feel have been treated unfairly just because they disagree with the views of the host. Now, check back to evaluate scores for these paragons of openness for their ideas, actions and feelings. If your comments have been troll-scored by the Kossacks, deleted by Jane Hamsher, or ridiculed by whoever runs the Alicublog, give an openness score of zero. Negative bonus points if you are a href=”http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004451.html”called a douche/a, told to stay in your place so as not to “a href=”http://bintalshamsa.blogspot.com/2006/09/why-firedoglake-is-no-innocent-party.html”assail your betters,/a” or have a a href=”http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005232.htm”racial slur/a thrown your way. br /br /2) Next, talk to the speakers’ committee at NYU where you work and see if they will sponsor a a href=”http://www.minutemanproject.com/”Minutemen/a Forum for the students and faculty. Give a positive score if they agree, negative if they refuse and instead sponsor Noam Chomsky. Bonus negative points if they agree to sponsor the Minutemen but the students attack the speakers and sling racial epithets at them like the a href=”http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=52428″tolerant and openminded liberal students at Columbia University./abr /br /3) Finally, last but not least, suggest to the American Psychological Association that they publish at least one study by a non-liberal in each issue of the American Psychologist. Positive score if they say yes and actually follow up, negative if they a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2005/12/can-psychology-become-more-diverse.html”write you back a form letter/a talking about how they will take your concerns to a higher level, and negative bonus points if they tell you there is no such thing as a non-liberal psychologist. Oh, those open-minded liberals!br /br /Dr. Jost, I would love to see the results of your findings written up in the next issue of my emAmerican Psychologist;/em it will re-affirm my faith that the journal does fair and objective research. Somehow, though, I think I will be waiting a very long time…..br /br /Update: Dr. John Ray a href=”http://dissectleft.blogspot.com/2006_10_22_dissectleft_archive.html#116160767497939365″has more thoughts /aon Jost’s “study.” My favorite line of Dr. Ray’s is the following: “Jost and his colleagues don’t even know what a conservative is so there is NO chance of their findings having any real-world significance.” I have to agree.

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Guns to a Knife Fight

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

PJM’s DC editor Richard Miniter reports on his breakfast with GOP head Ken Mehlman: “Money, microtargeting, and ‘wire-side chats’ are this election’s new weapons. Like the army before a war, [the GOP] has been prepositioning assets in battleground states. (Read it HERE)

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There’s a Pierre Cardin fake, but a Ben Cardin fake?

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

According to PJ Medias’ Washington Editor Richard Miniter, Democratic senatorial candidate from Maryland Benjamin Cardin has been playing fast and loose with the “fine art” of political advertising. A supposedly verité Cardin commercial purporting to show “average Joes and Janes” across his state supporting the Cardin candidacy is actually populated by his own campaign workers playing roles. (Note to campaign workers: sign a Screen Actors Guild contract and you will get residuals.) Click HERE for Miniter’s report.

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The Spies Who Couldn’t Think Straight: How Lawyers Hobble the CIA and Damage War Effort

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Richard Miniter, PJ Media Washington Editor, tells you about the parts left out of the new book, %%AMAZON=0312360231 Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program%%. “But [Clinton-era] lawyers said they needed to stay legal. They even insisted that, to comply with FAA regulations, they needed stewardesses.” Yes, stewardesses on CIA planes. (Continued HERE)

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Monday, October 16th, 2006

Shrinkwrapped has a href=”http://shrinkwrapped.blogs.com/blog/2006/10/trauma_passivit.html”some interesting thoughts /aon trauma, passivity and the fear of aggression.

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Interior Dialogue: A PJ Media Investigative Report

Monday, October 16th, 2006

When PJM learned last week that certain web sites were being blocked at the US Department of the Interior, we asked Baron Bodissey to take an up-close and personal look at what was going on. What he found does not increase trust in the transparency of big government. “A third source said this: Ordinarily I would put this in the internet rumor file. But as chance would have it, I do know some people who work at the Department of Interior. Sure enough, it looks like the right side of the blogosphere is being blocked while the left side is wide open.” (Read it all HERE)

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Earth to Mid-East Muslims: Get A Life

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Victor Davis Hanson suggests it is time for some tough love: “What would help is simply this: every time a victimized talking head from the Middle East started in on Israel, Bush, Blair, etc. someone could interrupt and politely said, ‘Sorry, that’s old. No mas. We are tired of the whining. Go get a life.’” (Read it all @ Works and Days)

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Blog Juice

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Well, apparently everyone is a href=”http://www.volokh.com/posts/1160787597.shtml”taking/a a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2006/10/lawprof-blog-juice.html”a look at /atheir ranking on the new Blog Juice Calculator that determines one’s blog rank by the number of Blogline subscribers, links, Technorati and Alexa ranking. Okay, so my blog does not have the highest ranking (why the heck would it? I work off a free blogger site, post less than most and have some odd ideas according to some) but it is not the worse. A Blog Juice score of 5.5–I’ll take that. br /br /a href=”http://www.text-link-ads.com/blog_juice/index.php?url=drhelen.blogspot.comcat=all”img src=”http://www.text-link-ads.com/blog_juice/badges/juice_badge_5.5.png” border=”0″ alt=”My Blog Juice” //a

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Curses, Drudged Again! An Exclusive Podcast with David Zucker

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Celebrated Hollywood producer David Zucker blames the Drudge Report for leaking the GOP resistance to his groundbreaking political ad. A leak that put the kibbosh on the party running his ad in prime time. In this exclusive podcast interview, Zucker tell PajamasMedia’s Roger Simon, “Drudge is the culprit and I’ve written him an angry letter…. So I’ve handled it.” Listen to this exclusive podcast HERE. A complete transcript of the interview is also available at the link.

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Let’s Roll

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Sometimes, fighting back may be the answer; it seems that a school in Burleson, Texas is a href=”http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/D/DEFENDING_THE_CLASSROOM?SITE=ENCCOMSECTION=HOMETEMPLATE=DEFAULT”teaching kids /a not to comply with a gunman’s orders when it comes to school violence:br /br /blockquoteYoungsters in a suburban Fort Worth school district are being taught not to sit there like good boys and girls with their hands folded if a gunman invades the classroom, but to rush him and hit him with everything they got – books, pencils, legs and arms.br /br /”Getting under desks and praying for rescue from professionals is not a recipe for success,” said Robin Browne, a major in the British Army reserve and an instructor for Response Options, the company providing the training to the Burleson schools. /blockquote Hat tip: a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives/033215.php”Instapundit/a and a href=”http://www.joannejacobs.com/mtarchives/016747.html”Joanne Jacobs/a.br /br /Of course, there is no sure strategy to use when confronted with a mass murderer but denial and regressive behavior such as hiding under a desk do not appear to be the best option either. I am not the only psychologist to think this. In his book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0970318901?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0970318901″emViolence Risk and Threat Assessment,/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0970318901″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / forensic psychologist J. Reid Meloy states:br /br /blockquoteI have worked several mass murder cases during both criminal and civil suits, and I have discovered something that has important implications for survival: the people who live through these horrible events are active and aggressive. They either run out of the building, or if cornered, they aggress against the perpretrator, and then run. People who are killed do not run or hide effectively: they usually choose obvious hiding places, like under a desk or table. As a psychologist, this behavior appears to be acutely regressive-like the child who hides in an obvious place, believing that if he closes his eyes and cannot see, he won’t be seen./blockquote br /br /My guess is that a href=”http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/D/DEFENDING_THE_CLASSROOM?SITE=ENCCOMSECTION=HOMETEMPLATE=DEFAULT”most experts /awill err on the side of caution and denial such as this: br /br /blockquoteHilda Quiroz of the National School Safety Center, a nonprofit advocacy group in California, said she knows of no other school system in the country that is offering fight-back training, and found the strategy at Burleson troubling.br /br /”If kids are saved, then this is the most wonderful thing in the world. If kids are killed, people are going to wonder who’s to blame,” she said./blockquotebr /br /So, it is better to let children die while hiding under a table just so no one will later be blamed. Isn’t that a little heartless?br /br /Update: Well, the Burleson a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15429770/print/1/displaymode/1098″program has been halted/a, of course, too dangerous. So kids, just go back to hiding under those desks, that will really stop the violence.

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“Why are we in prison?,”

Friday, October 13th, 2006

asks PJM’s Paris editor Nidra Poller. “It is not the work of Muslims alone. They are aided and abetted. By that velvet voice of reason, Le Monde, par exemple, expressed by way of an editorial, meaning the voice of the newspaper of record itself speaking with due solemnity and anointed authority. In it Redeker is described as a prolific (this is an insult) pamphleteer (this too), author of countless “papers” (meaning lightweight stuff Le Monde won’t touch); an excessive, half-baked provocateur. Redeker, it implies, like the US after 9/11, merely got what was coming to him.” (Continued)

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Blog Week in Review, Genocide in Africa, October 13, 2006

Friday, October 13th, 2006

“Darfur is just Rwanda in slow motion.” Hope and cynicism in a world of ever more egregious examples of human depravity–that’s the flavor which Gerard Van der Leun and Michael Totten bring to the discussion of the Darfur-Sudan genocide. Additionally, Michael and his “Middle East Journey” are the backdrop framing discussion of the aftermath of the Israel-Hezbollah.

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A Word on Podcast Transcripts

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Many of our listeners and readers have asked for transcipts of the a href=”http://www.glennandhelenshow.com/”Glenn and Helen Show podcasts/a. Transcripts will be available about one week or so after the podcast is put up on our sites. You can view the transcripts at the PJ Media site here ata href=”http://www.politicscentral.com/show/glenn_helen_show/” PoliticsCentral/a. The transcript of our interview witha href=”http://www.Politicscentral.com/2006/08/28/the_glenn_and_helen_show_judge.php” Judge Richard Posner/a is now up. Judge Posner is the author of the book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195304276?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0195304276″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;” / It is an interesting and thought-provoking read. Thanks again to all of our listeners and readers for being interested enough in the podcast interviews to suggest transcripts.

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Thursday, October 12th, 2006

So, the Amish school house where ten girls were shot by Charles Carl Roberts IV a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15231707/”is now demolished:/abr /br /blockquoteWorkers with machines moved in before dawn Thursday and demolished the one-room Amish schoolhouse where a gunman fatally shot five girls and injured five others.br /br /Though known for constructing buildings without the aid of modern technology, the Amish relied on an outside demolition crew with heavy machinery to bring closure to the painful chapter in their peaceful community…..br /br /“I think the Amish leaders made the right decision,” Mike Hart, a spokesman for the Bart Fire Company, said as loaders lifted debris into dump trucks to be hauled away.br /br /A group of 20 to 30 people, most of them Amish, gathered nearby to watch as the schoolhouse was leveled. “It seems this is a type of closure for them,” Hart said./blockquotebr /br /I guess it’s already been emten whole days /emsince the killing and everyone, including the Amish, want closure on this horrible incident. So now that the murderer has been forgiven and the school demolished, I wonder if that will help erase the memory of the five murdered girls from their minds? If it is true that the Amish think that the girls are a href=”http://dying.about.com/b/a/000098.htm”better off than their survivors/a, why knock down the school house at all–shouldn’t it stand as a symbol of these girls going to a better place?

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Victor Davis Hanson on “Koreana”

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Professor Hanson proposes that we now reserve our right to ‘over-react: “We should…. inform now a Syria, Iran, and North Korea that if they either house terrorists or proliferate nuclear material, fine-BUT their cities, industries, and militaries will become immediate strategic targets in the hours after a terrorist attack on the U.S.” (Read it all @ Works and Days)

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The Pageboy is to Be the Hairstyle Not the Pen Pal

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

The Manolo says, it is the well-known and widely admired policy of the Manolo to generally ignore the risible antics of the American political classes. 
 
This it is not simply because the Manolo has the more important things to do with his time, such as wonder what has happened to his funky little fashion troll, but also because unmannerly behavior and rudeness of any sort are anathema to the Manolo.” (Continued)

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J’accuse!: Iraq the Model responds to the Lancet Lies

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

A controversial study by Burnham, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and others is to be published Thursday October 12 on the web site of The Lancet, a medical journal. This study contends 655,00 Iraqi have died from violence in the Iraq War, a figure roughly thirteen times previous estimates. This report is being published, “fortuitously”, at the height of the US campaign season.

PJ Media invited our Middle East Editor Omar Fadil of Iraq the Model to respond from Baghdad. He writes, in part: “This fake research is an insult to every man, woman and child who lost their lives. Behind every drop of blood is a noble story of sacrifice for a just cause that is struggling for living safe in freedom and prosperity.” (continued)

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Was North Korea’s Blast a Suitcase Nuke? Not Likely.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

As a jittery world fumbles to respond to the North Korean “atomic” test, PJ Media’s Washington Editor and terrorism expert Richard Miniter examines a subject not far from everybody’s mind – the suitcase nuclear bomb: “North Korea’s surprisingly small blast – estimated at less than one kiloton – has produced three reactions across the web. It was dud (or misfire), a fake (perhaps using a synchronized detonation of some 800 tons of TNT) or the world’s first suitcase-sized nuclear explosion.

While one of the first two seems most likely, the third possibility is the most frightening… ” (continued)

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