“The staus system works on the theory that the more you’ve suffered, the more you’ve experienced, the more authentic you are.”– Po Bronson.
Po Bronson, the author who asked the bestselling question %%AMAZON=0345485920 What Should I Do With My Life?%%, is back with the paperback of the even more provocative and mysterious %%AMAZON=0812972422 Why Do I Love These People? Understanding, Surviving, and Creating Your Own Family.%% In this exclusive podcast with Pajamas media and culture correspondent Andrew Keen, Bronson talks about creativity, writing and how to make life tell you stories others can’t wait to read. (Listen HERE)
“The only explanation as to why we continue to ignore the secret Islamic terror network in America is that the demands of political correctness have made us so afraid of being branded racists that we force ourselves to be color blind, identity blind and gender blind till we end up, quite simply, totally blind.” Why would Islamic terrorism bother to export agents into the US if they are already here? Vik Rubenfeld interviews Harvey Kushner, author of %%AMAZON=1595230181 Holy War on the Home Front: The Secret Islamic Terror Network in the United States%%, about how and where members of militant Islam are recruited here at home.
Will there be a draft? How’s the Army doing in the Long War? No, and pretty well, according to Dr. Francis Harvey, Secretary of the Army, who notes that recruitment is at a 9-year high and that reenlistment is very strong. Harvey talks about the Army’s strength levels, force structure, equipment maintenance loads, and general ability to withstand the stress of the Long War against terrorism. In particular, he responds rather forcefully to claims that the Army is lowering standards to make its recruitment numbers. Plus, we hear about Helen’s brief dalliance with the Air Force, and how it may explain the Chinese Embassy bombing…
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a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/1600/army.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/200/army.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /We are joined today by the Secretary of the United States Army a href=”http://www.army.mil/leaders/leaders/sa/biography.html”Francis J. Harvey /a who talks with us about recruitment of new troops, retention of old troops, the Army’s new advertising campaign–”Army Strong”–and other pressing issues. My interest in speaking with him was in finding out if opposition to the military in high school and college campuses was a concern, if the Army has lowered or raised its standards on the qualification test in recent years (so many psychological patients in the past have told me that as teens or young people, they were given a choice between jail and the army) and to ask about the reinstatement of the draft which seems to be a scare tactic of the antiwar crowd. If you want to know the answers to these questions or learn more about the current state of army recruitment, take a listen to the podcast. br /br /You can listen to the podcast a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061011-Harvey.mp3″here/a or stream it directly a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/10/10/the_glenn_and_helen_show_army.php”here/a with no downloading necessary or via iTunes where we are a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewRoom?fcId=190370737id=33″now featured /aon the political podcasts for their pre-election round-up. Dial-up users can listen a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061011-Harvey-lofi.mp3″here;/a listen to our previous episodes or check for new ones at a href=”http://www.glennandhelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenshow.com./a br /br /This podcast was sponsored by a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”Volvocars.us./a
Bill Bradley’s @ New West Notes sees that the force is with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Secret Weapon: “As he steams smartly toward hoped for re-election four weeks from today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has a secret weapon, the largest and most technologically sophisticated voter mobilization operation California Republicans have ever seen.” Read all about it HERE and see the video.
Exclusive: Richard Fernandez of PJ Media interviewed Dr. Robert Ayson of the Graduate Studies in Strategy and Defence at the Australian National University to get some sense of how Australia and Japan might react to the North Korean nuclear test.
Australia? No. Japan? Not anytime soon, but it does put the option on the table. (Listen HERE)
Victor Davis Hanson asks “is the [Foley] nuttiness because most Americans below 30 are now so poorly educated that they don’t know, or care to know, the difference between Pyongyang and poontang? Or, given that these periodic fits of insanity about Dick Cheney’s shotgun or George Bush’s flight suit usually serve to denigrate some conservative, are these present pathetic efforts to hype a pervert to the level of a national crisis, just the frustrations of a liberal news media, angry that bright sassy minds like theirs have not been able to translate that self-proclaimed intellectual and moral superiority into political power?” (Continued)
The latest Glenn and Helen Show -sans Helen, this time- features Scott Koenig (aka Smash) when he passed through Knoxville last week. He describes “his part in the new milblogger book, %%AMAZON=0743294181 The Blog of War: Front-Line Dispatches from Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan%%, recounts his experience blogging from the war zone, and talks about his up-close encounters with antiwar protesters from Code Pink at Walter Reed Army Hospital. There’s even an audio excerpt of his somewhat Pattonesque bullhorn address to those protesters, which I’m sure they didn’t enjoy. But you may.” (Listen HERE)
a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/1600/SMASH.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/200/SMASH.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /Glenn had dinner and interviewed a href=”http://www.lt-smash.us/”LT Smash/a, blogger, soldier, and contributor to a new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743294181?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0743294181″emThe Blog of War: Front-Line Dispatches from Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0743294181″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / During dinner at Calhoun’s (there seems to be a theme that we take all bloggers out for barbecue), LT talks about Cindy Sheehan’s fast, his part in a book of military bloggers, his travels and his face-off with a href=”http://www.codepinkalert.org/index.php”Code Pink protestors/a at a href=”http://www.codepinkalert.org//article.php?list=typetype=81″Walter Reed Army Hospital/a. Ahh, yes, if only aa href=”http://www.codepinkalert.org//article.php?list=typetype=168″ Hug-In /acould end this little Middle Eastern problem.br /br /You can a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/10/09/the_glenn_and_helen_show_beers.php”listen to the podcast here/a — no download needed, just click on the gray Flash player — or a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061009-Smash.mp3″download directly here./a If you have dial-up, you can listen a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061009-Smash-lofi.mp3″here./a Visit our archive at a href=”http://www.glennandhelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenshow.com/a for past episodes and to check for updates.br /br /This podcast is sponsored by a href=”http://volvocars.us/”VolvoCars.us./a If you buy a Volvo, tell them that we sent you!
News filtered out of Iran this Sunday of demonstrations protesting the arrest of supporters of Ayatollah Mohammad Kazemeini Boroujerdi, an Iranian cleric fighting against the “Political Religion” that has dominated his country since Khomeini. Rumors also spread that these demonstrations have become violent with fatalities reported. This is when PJ Media turns to the American whose name is associated more closely with the Iranian freedom movement than any we can think of … Michael Ledeen… for an inside report: “Anyone who acts against the most fundamental doctrine of the Iranian clerical fascist state is going to have a lot of trouble, and Ayatollah Boroujerdi has had plenty of it. He has been in and out of prison, and repeatedly in front of the Special Court for the Clergy, since 1994. According to Amnesty International, ‘he has reportedly developed heart and kidney problems as a result of torture.’” (continued)
In this week’s exclusive podcast, PajamasMedia’s Sanity Squad is, along with the vast majority of sane Americans, disgusted with DC . “DC is a den of thieves and clearly this means both parties. They’re both degenerate. And a den of thieves will attrack thieves. It’s no longer Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Now it is Mr. Son-of-a-Bitch with a Gambling Habit and Big Debts Goes to Washington.”
In response to comments and email, The Squad also discusses whether it’s appropriate for mental health professionals to make diagnoses of political figures they’ve neither met nor treated. (Listen HERE.)
They say you can’t go home again. But every year, PJM Middle East editor Allison Kaplan Sommer leaves the heated politically-charged environment in Israel for the cool crisp breezes, peaceful atmosphere, and fall foliage of her native Rhode Island for a change of scenery. This year, however, she arrived to find her home state hotter than usual, as the race between Lincoln Chafee and Sheldon Whitehouse is a critical factor in whether or not the Democrats succeed in their quest to control the Senate. ( Continued )
On his PajamasXpress blog, Bill Bradley wonders if Phil Angelides will get his imploding campaign on track at his only face-to-face debate with The Arnold Saturday night in Sacramento. “The [Angelides] candidacy has been focused increasingly on a series of issues that are not central to the governorship of California. Such as Schwarzenegger’s purported closeness to unpopular President George W. Bush, the war in Iraq, and now a new insistence on politically correct language about immigration.” (continued)
Sex, courtesy of the Foley scandal, is more interesting than nuclear threats issued by North Korea’s perennially threatening dictator Kim Jong-il, if both the Big Media and the New Media are any indication; PJ Media’s Gerard Van der Leun and Richard Fernandez discuss the reasons thereto. Additionally, the panelists take a look at Australia’s new initiatives to integrate Muslim immigrants into the country’s larger society, with the most notable program involving a new community board composed of 100 Australian imams. An example of moderate Islam in action?
%%AUDIO=shows/weekinreview/20061005-PJM-AB.MP3|Blog Week in Review – PJ Media%%
John Rosenthal of Transatlantic Intelligencer reports on the curious adventure of Khaled Al-Masri. Suspected of terrorism by the US Government, arrested and held prisoner by the CIA, and ultimately returned to Germany as a free man. Learn the real story behind the public face of false-imprisonment in America’s “extraordinary renditions” program. ( Continued )
Andrew Keen talks with Mark Halperin, Political Director of ABC News, and John Harris, National Political Editor for the Washington Post, authors of %%AMAZON=1400064473 The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008%% about the freak show elements of our politics and our media as Foleymania rolls like a tsunami over our political landscape.
Halprin and Harris: “Freak show values and freak show incentives are not on the fringes, but at the center of our media.”
“There’s never been a media that 24 hours a day … emphasizes the attack, the negative, and the superficial over anything else. The current media culture allows the low culture, the attack media politics to dominate.”
“Matt Drudge is the outsider, the kid with his nose pressed against the window. …”
Listen to this exclusive podcast HERE.
Catherine Seipp looks back on the first 10 years of FOX, years that reshaped the cable news business: I remember once I was at a media party here in L.A., and some guy from the lefty KPFK radio station, overhearing me mention the words “Fox News” in conversation with someone else, remarked: “I like you already!” Why? “Because it’s great to hear someone slam Fox News.” It was, as you will see, a foolish assumption. (Continued)
Since the Amish schooting, I have a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=408428in_page_id=1811″read articles such as this one/a discussing how the Amish have forgiven the killer a href=”http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20521441-23109,00.html”who took the lives /aof five beautiful girls and injured six more before taking his own life. Forgiveness may be the Amish way, but frankly, in my eyes, it gives license to the sick and twisted, and cruel among us to continue their mayhem. What is appalling a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=408428in_page_id=1811in_page_id=1811expand=true”are comments like this/a–that compare the Amish reaction to the shooting with the tragedy of 9/11 in the following way:br /br /blockquoteThe Amish show the power of forgiveness, a power that is given us by God. It’s strength is far greater than the anger and violence with which we try to right the wrongs in our world. There is a lesson to be learned here. Just imagine what could have happened if the US were capable of forgiveness after the 9/11 attacks…/blockquotebr /br /Yes, just imagine, we could have been perceived as even weaker by our enemies and further attacks might have followed, but instead, we have had nothing of the sort. Often, perpetrators can smell weakness a mile away–it is like an aphrodisiac to many of them-including terroists–even Bin Laden a href=”http://www.defenddemocracy.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=358633″has laughed at the perceived weakness /aof the US.br /br /In the case of the Amish school killer, he targeted the weakest people he could find who he knew would not fight back. I am not so sure that forgiveness and acceptance of the death of innocent girls is the answer to reducing future acts of violence such as the Amish shooting–in my eyes, it gives license to the next killer that he will be forgiven for his atrocities–yes, I understand that the Amish feel that what happens is God’s will and that a violent reaction is against their religion–I am speaking to the rest of us. br /br /In addition, this perception of weakness is enhanced with calls for gun control and passivity in response to violent acts. But perhaps reducing violent acts and protecting our citizens is not the point, but rather, it is feeling morally superior and denying the acts of the sick and twisted, or terrorists or other perps, for political gain–rather that be gun control, or a call for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Passive solutions in response to violent actions can often bring more violence, not less. But passivity is most alluring to the most “humanitarian” among us, as with it, comes a very seductive psychological satisfaction–little call for responsibility and accountability, while feeling morally superior–even if it means that the next murderer will flourish in our midst.
Well, not really. He’s still dead and buried. But bloggers at their best have worked in the tradition of Paine – the great American pamphleteer. So PJ Media is proud to announce its association with The New Pamphleteer – a company starting a new series of pamphlets many of which will be written and edited by bloggers. First up: a Michael Totten edited series of blog reports from the Hezbollah War.
No Footnote Fever: “The last three books about the supposed mess in Iraq-Cobra II, Fiasco, and now State of Denial-violate every canon of intellectual courtesy.”
The State of Play in Iraq: “That we now have a consensual government fighting for its life against terrorists is nothing short of remarkable. Everything and everyone now hinge on the outcome.”
The Upside-Down Scandal: “Traditional moralists like some of the Republicans are defending a predatory pederast who seems to be infatuated with teen-age Congressional pages who are entrusted as near children to his care, while Democrats, who have made it a point not to criticize one’s “life-style” choices (remember the Barney Frank case) are suddenly outraged over the overly-liberal parameters in which Foley was allowed to operate.”
To read it all click HERE.
In Paris, just getting to the airport is the adventure. “Two policemen in glass cages, and two lines: one for Muslims, one for infidels. You think I’m kidding? Two lines. One, slow line for miscellaneous others. One fast track for a party of about twenty escorted by a high ranking border police officer and a female underling, both speaking Arabic, who usher them through the checkpoint with VIP attention.” (Continued)
a href=”http://www.examiner.com/a-324666~Testing_Athletes__Hearts_May_Cut_Deaths.html”Testing athletes’ hearts may cut deaths./a
The panelists are: 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, Richard Miniter, and Nidra Poller. Moderator: Glenn Reynolds.
– Or — How political expediency has replaced political correctness in the Netherlands
Pieter Dorsman reports on the issue of Sharia law replacing the constitution in the Netherlands: “If a situation could arise where a majority could agree to shred a constitution in favor of religious law – and one from the Middle Ages at that – than doesn’t a democracy have an obligation to devise mechanism whereby such choices could be neutralized?” (Continued)
Bill Bradley finds that traditionally Democratic California is somewhat less traditional this time around: “Five weeks before election day, California’s Democrats are in something of a state of disarray. Ticket-topper Phil Angelides trails by double digits in every one of the state’s public polls, reflecting what has been the reality in private polls for many weeks. Nothing he has tried against Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has really worked. With the downdraft from the top, only Bill Lockyer and Jerry Brown have strong leads among the down ballot positions on the rest of the Democratic ticket.” (Bill Bradley’s New West Notes – A PajamasXpress Blog)