Between Iraq and the hard place of a Europe with a burgeoning Muslim population, The Sanity Squad considers the future of a continent and the future of a Muslim Democracy.
I was looking at our local news online anda href=”http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=5751986″ came across this story /aabout a local woman who was just indicted for killing her second husband:br /br /blockquoteThe widow of a former Knox County District Attorney now faces first degree murder charges for the death of her second husband, a popular West Knox County barber. Raynella Dossett-Leath was free on bond Thursday night. She is charged with the 2003 murder of David leath. br /br /David Leath was shot in the head on March 13th as he slept in the couple’s bed. The death was ruled a homicide, but it took 3 years for a break in the case. br /br /Late Tuesday a Knox County grand jury indicted the widow. She posted a $5,000 bond after turning herself in. br /br /The crime scene was the family’s 165 acre farm on Solway Road where Raynella still lives. Her first husband, former DA Ed Dossett also died there in 1992. That death was ruled an accident. In a wheelchair and weakened by cancer, authorities believe Dossett was trampled by cattle. br /br /In 1995, Raynella Dossett-Leath was charged with attempted murder. She was accused of firing several shots at a man inside her barn. She was never convicted in that case. /blockquotebr /br /I remember when this woman’s first husband died–everyone said he was trampled by cattle but it sounded a bit suspicious then. Now that she has been indicted for the murder of her second husband, I wonder if there will be any investigation to see if there was any foul play in the death of her first husband?
Richard Miniter – PJ Medias’ Washington DC Editor and author of Shadow War (among other bestsellers) – is now doing the PajamasXpress blog thing. Richard’s latest post: Flying Imams Part One. With a title like that we’re sure you’ll want to check in on (and bookmark) RichardMiniter.com for the latest in Inside the Beltway dope.
Paul Belien, editor of The Brussels Journal, sharply criticized a column by Ralph Peters published in the New York Post last week. Mr. Peters responded to Belien’s article with an extended comment here on PJ Media. Here Mr. Belien replies to Mr. Peters’ objections.
PajamasXpress Blogger Ron Rosenbaum casts a very cold eye on the new “Hitler Comedy” being screened just for laughs in Germany. (Read it all HERE)
By PJM’s Media Correspondent Catherine Seipp
My sympathy for Michael Richards (a.k.a. Seinfeld’s “Kramer” who erupted in a racist tirade at two black hecklers last week at a LA comedy club), was quite limited to begin with. It shrank even further when Richards appeared on David Letterman …. (Read the rest HERE)
Bill Frist has announced he won’t run for the White House in 2008. (ABC News)
Most people agree that political divisions have gotten worse in recent years. Orson Scott Card's new novel %%AMAZON=0765316110 Empire%% looks at whether and how those divisions might lead to an American civil war in the near future. It's a thriller novel, a la Tom Clancy, but it's also a cautionary tale. Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith talk with Card about the novel, the political scene, and what Americans should be doing. Brought to you by Volvo Cars USA.
Is a a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=418791in_page_id=1770ico=Homepageicl=TabModuleicc=NEWSct=5″new male birth control pill /a the answer for guys who don’t want to be parents? (Hat tip: a href=”http://cheapbooks.typepad.com/”Salted Slug/a)br /br /blockquoteBritish scientists have developed a revolutionary pill that men could take as a one-off contraceptive just before a date. br /br /The tablet would prevent a man from being able to impregnate a woman, but within a few hours his fertility would return to normal……Rebecca Findlay, of the Family Planning Association, said: “It gets really tiring for women to always be the one in charge of fertility. br /br /”For women, it would be another form of liberation. It’s great.” /blockquotebr /br /Yes, it’s all for the women, but sexism aside, any guys out there who would feel comfortable taking this pill?
a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/1600/cardcov.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/320/cardcov.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /Orson Scott Card is a emNew York Times /embestseller; he is the author of emEnder’s Game/em, a book that has been cited as one of the sources of the Afghanistan battle plan and is currently under option for a Hollywood movie by Warner Brothers. br /br /He has a new book out today, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765316110?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0765316110″emEmpire/em,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0765316110″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / a fascinating thriller set in 2008 that tells the story of what will happen if the political polarization in America continues to divide this country on the issues. Card believes our country is divided between the urban, academic, and high-tech counties and the suburban, rural, southern, and conservative Christian counties. Can this polarization lead to another American Civil War? What can the average person do to make sure this doesn’t happen?br /br /Join us for this futuristic podcast with Mr.Card by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/11/28/the_glenn_and_helen_show_orson.php”clicking here to listen directly/a or for dial-up users by clicking a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061128-empire-lofi.mp3″here./a You can visit our archives a href=”http://politicscentral.com/show/glenn_helen_show/”here/a to view our previous podcasts. br /br /This podcast is sponsored by Volvo at a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”volvocars.us/a.
The a href=”http://heartkeepercommonroom.blogspot.com/2006/11/carnival-of-homeschooling.html”Carnival of Homeschooling /a is up!
blockquote“I think inside every old person there probably is a young person screaming to get out, but your audience doesn’t let you.”–Estelle Strongin, emFRONTLINE: “Living Old”/em/blockquotebr /br /I found this quote from a 94 year old woman on the a href=”http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/livingold/interviews/strongin.html”PBS site advertising their documentary/a, “Living Old” about how people cope with aging in America. I haven’t seen the documentary and perhaps I don’t want to; from what I can gather, aging in America sucks. br /br /But not just for the physical reasons one associates with age such as illness, limited mobility, nursing home stays etc. but mainly because of the psychological ones: the loss of one’s work, the way one is treated in society and the prejudice and dismissal that others often have for those who are older. It would be easy to say that other people’s opinions of us don’t really matter as we age, but in truth, they do, unless you live as a hermit which as far as I can tell, doesn’t add to the well-being of the elderly. br /br /I have always wondered why people tend to try and put those who are older in boxes–perhaps it is fear, denial or stupidity, or maybe just plain selfishness and prejudice. How many times do you hear people say, “Oh, so-and-so is just like that because they are old.” I have and I can tell you that it makes me mad as hell. Does being old mean that people no longer have opinions, desires, the need for autonomy, longing, dreams, needs? Of course not. People are still themselves, just with a few more birthdays than some. Big deal. br /br /But apparently, it is a big deal and it starts early. Jennifer Anniston is now referred to as “looking good for her age.” She’s 37. Mention a href=”http://www.hollyscoop.com/8108/2006/11/07/age-finally-catching-up-to-brad-pitt.aspx”Brad Pitt /aand people pop up with quips such as “he looked better before he got old.” He’s 42. Sure, these are stars and have to look good etc. for their roles, but talk to other people 37 and older and you hear a lot of the same complaints about the general society. br /br /The ironic thing to me is that people seem to go on and on about how young they or others are up until about 37 at which point you are told you are old. Isn’t there any in-between? And if we are told we are old starting by our mid to late thirties, what if we live to our 80′s? What are the psychological repercussions of being viewed as “old” for 50 years? How depressing, and unnecessary. Why don’t we just give each other a break and start treating people as individuals with ideas, interests, opinions, and worth regardless of age? Because if we gave the same respect and time to those who are older as we do to those who are young, maybe the fear of growing old would not be such a burden.
Dr. Sanity takes a tour around the Psychosphere to check out the various psychbloggers. a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/11/touch-and-go-beacons-of-reality.html”Go take a look/a.
(Exclusive PJ Media Video:Translation by Iranian-American filmmaker Ardeshir Arian) UPDATE: The Kamalfar Saga (finally) hits MSM with this lengthy segment run on CNN International, including interviews with the Kamalfar family and their attorney Olga Anisimova. -- LATER: The segment is now available at CNN.com: "Family lives in airport terminal" (free video) (PJ Media exclusive video of several days ago here. Letter from the European Court of Human Rights concerning Kamalfar's case here. The actions of this court were not mentioned in the CNN report.) FLASH: In the dramatic case of an Iranian dissident woman and her family fighting extradition to the Islamic Republic of Iran ... PJ Media, as of 9:10 PST Wednesday, has been informed that the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has just issued an order barring the deportation of Zahra Kamalfar and her children from Moscow for two weeks.
Well, not completely, because he did stir up a little trouble a couple of weeks ago with his perhaps excessive praise of "Borat." But blogger/Academy member Simon is back with another year of "out of school" reviews of Oscar candidates, which he began at National Review Online and continued last year on PJ Media. THE QUEEN There are three winners in Stephen Frears and Peter Morgan's witty and affecting "The Queen." (What? He credits the screenwriter up with the director? Damn right, I do. Get used to it). They are Tony Blair, Queen Elizabeth and Scotland's Balmoral Castle. Those who have read the reviews will know what I mean about the first two, but those who have actually seen the film will understand what I mean about the third.
Is that a href=”http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/150067,112606charge.article”really any reason /ato stab a sixth grade girl to death? Apparently, it was reason enough for this female murderer in Chicago:br /br /blockquoteA police source said Jones claimed she stabbed Laura and her older sister, Mattie Bryant, because “they disrespected our house.” Brooke Wright, 20, the older sister of both Laura and Bryant, said the woman who stabbed Laura had come to their block looking for a fight at about 9 p.m. Thursday. br /br /When the woman she wanted to fight refused, she picked a fight with Bryant, Wright said. Laura got in the middle of it, and was stabbed in the chest and neck./blockquote br /br /I thought women only killed in self defense, at least this is what so many “feminists” tell us. I wonder how they explain a woman on girl murder like this?
In which a French policeman protects a Jewish fan of Israeli soccer team assaulted by Paris St. Germain hooligans. Score: 1 dead, 1 critically injured. National state of anti-Semitic denial continues in France unabated. PJM's Paris editor Nidra Poller's continuing coverage of events in France. 24 November 2006 The news broke with typical French fuzziness: a plainclothes policeman, who came to the rescue of an Israeli pursued by 150 enraged Paris St. Germain fans, fired into the crowd killing one assailant and critically wounding another. The incident occurred after the Hapoel Tel Aviv soccer team beat Paris St. Germain 4 to 2 at the Parc des Princes stadium near the bois de Boulogne. The first image that came to mind was punk jihadis--the kind who burn buses and smash policemen's heads, and may also be PSG fans--hot on the heels of an Israeli, breathing smoke and lusting for blood. And finally a policeman does the sensible thing, and shoots before getting his head bashed in. But now what? Won't the banlieue explode before midnight? This is the incident they all dreaded. Then the first details squeezed through the tight net that separates a radio broadcast from The Facts: in fact, the bad guys are
Well, Thanksgiving day is over and I meant to write a post about the bloggers and others on the internet I am thankful for, but a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/2006/11/post_533.php”we had 25 people for Thanksgiving dinner/a and I did not get a chance. So now that I have some time, here are the bloggers and others on the internet that really make my days brighter and get me thinking, and why I am thankful for them:br /br /Ann Althouse at a href=”http://www.althouse.blogspot.com/”Althouse.blogspot.com/a: Professor Althouse is really witty and doesn’t take herself too seriously. She can talk about trivial topics a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2006/11/oh-my-there-he-is.html”like squirrels/a, wine and the a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2006/11/firedoglakecrooks-liars-sofa.html”childish behavior /aof other bloggers in one breath while handling more serious topics with ease. I love the way she a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2006/03/at-last-blook.html”links to /aand seems fairly friendly with her ex-husband, who has a blog of his own. She has an artist’s eye and a psychologist’s observation of human behavior that makes for great commentary when combined with her knowledge of the law and politics. br /br /a href=”http://mason.gmu.edu/~dbernste/”David Bernstein/a at the a href=”http://volokh.com/”Volokh Conspiracy /a who is the author of one of my favorite books, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1930865538?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1930865538″emYou Can’t Say That!: The Growing Threat to Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1930865538″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / I admire Bernstein’s libertarian style and his willingness to take unpopular views and defend them with facts and intellect instead of shrill emotion and opinion.br /br /Beccy Cole: a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2006/11/the_wrong_side_of_the_world.php”The anti-Dixie Chick/a: Ms. Cole is an Australian singer who stood up to her fans who disapprove of her support for the Diggers, the Australian soldiers fighting in the Long War. Instead of sulking and acting like a bunch of rebellious adolescents like our own Dixie Chicks, Ms. Cole chose to act in a mature and reasoned manner by putting out a video that displayed her bravery and loyalty towards her country. Whenever I feel discouraged and start to think that many people are apathetic, or worse, show loyalty towards our enemies instead of our country, I realize that bravery and a will to fight for freedom still exists. br /br /Michelle Malkin at a href=”http://www.michellemalkin.com/”Michelle Malkin.com/a: I absolutely admire Michelle Malkin, she not only deals with a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0895260301?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0895260301″verbal insults on a regular basis/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0895260301″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / but stands up without fear to those a href=”http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005029.htm”who wish her harm/a. She is a role model to bloggers and women everywhere for her tenacity, bravery, and ability to withstand criticism without worrying about being popular to the masses. She is a terrific role model and citizen.br /br /Jane Galt at a href=”http://www.janegalt.net/”Asymmetrical information /a: Libertarian Megan McArdle is a clear and clever writer and I like her views on economic and healthcare issues. She generates interesting discussion and I find I agree with her much of the time and even when I don’t, I find myself being persuaded by her factual and straightforward positions. br /br /And finally, of course, a href=”http://instapundit.com/”Instapundit/a, who seems to hear all and see all, even when I least expect it.
I have to wonder why a href=”http://www.tmz.com/2006/11/20/kramers-racist-tirade-caught-on-tape/”some sites place a warning /a on the video of Michael Richard’s statements as if people’s ears are too sensitive to hear those words but no one places a warning on the Huffington Post when a a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-hendra/a-thanksgiving-prayer-for_b_34780.html”writer prays for the death /aof Dick Cheney. Heart attack survivors everywhere should wonder about the cruelty and downright evil that possesses someone like the writer of this opinion piece to wish for the death of someone with heart disease. In my opinion, the latter statements about our Vice President are as bad or worse than those statements by Michael Richards. I wonder why one view is tolerated and probably exalted while the other is seen as vile and evil?
On ‘Dialogue’ — “No, no, no…. The problems in Iraq, in the radical Middle East at large-with democratization, with nuclearization, with Islamism-are not, repeat not, a lack of dialogue with Syria and Iran. Syria, as we see once again with the killing of Pierre Gemayel, is practicing serial murdering in Lebanon…. Iran is a rogue nation that seeks bombs to use them against the region’s only viable democracy in Israel…. Yes, yes, we need perhaps to have a national “dialogue”, but not over talking to Iran and Syria-but instead whether we wish to continue to fight and win this war.”
On Seinfeld’s “Michael Richards’ pathetic mea culpa…. Apparently he thinks that hip nihilists like himself can’t be redneck racists.”
On waiting for “the announcement that next year’s funds will be cut off for the Patriot Act and wiretaps. And surely Guantanamo will be defunded, with timetables mandated for troop withdrawal.”
On “Jihadist cowardice.”
“And we all know, for all our self-doubt and self-loathing, that the West really is strong, at least strong enough to smash jihadists and their patrons.”
Watch out if you a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006GK8H8?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B0006GK8H8″bought a potato gun last year/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B0006GK8H8″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / like I did for Christmas presents–you might get arrested in Canada (Hat Tip: a href=”http://www.saysuncle.com/archives/2006/11/22/when_potato_guns_are_outlawed/”Say Uncle/a). Apparently, a 43 year old man was shooting a potato gun off a balconya href=”http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=1c0085fb-5622-41e5-9f2b-bf21a2c6e2dfk=56865″ and was arrested/a: br /br /blockquoteOfficers swarmed the area and they, too, heard a sound like a gun being fired.br /br /”We … find out it’s this 43-year-old man and this potato gun. It’s a diversion of police resources [and] it’s a concern when we believe that we’re hearing gunshots.br /br /”We haven’t found any damage or found anyone with injuries [but] the potential is obvious that someone could get hurt.”br /br /Getting hit by a potato would cause the same damage as a fast ball thrown by a major-league pitcher, said Sylven. Aiming a potato gun at someone can draw more serious charges than just firing it off a balcony, as this man is alleged to have done./blockquotebr /br /Okay, shooting those huge potato cannons off your balcony is just plain stupid. They could hurt someone. But, I still have a closet full of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006GK8H8?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B0006GK8H8″these little potato guns/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B0006GK8H8″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and was going to give out some more this year for gifts. Shush, don’t tell anyone.
I went yesterday to my regular check-up with my cardiologist and spent most of the session talking with him about socialized medicine and its repercussions. You know it’s a sign your health is improving when your doctor talks more about what is going on in the wider world then your bum ticker. That is fine by me.br /br /My cardiologist works in a large practice at one the local hospitals here in Knoxville. They have outreach care for heart patients in many of the small counties in this part of the state with physicians who are willing to drive many miles to see patients who cannot or will not come into Knoxville. Some of the cardiologists in my doctor’s practice donate their time to the a href=”http://www.interfaithhealthclinic.org/about.html”Interfaith clinic /a here in Knoxville that provides medical services to those who fall through the cracks:br /br /blockquoteIn January, 1990 a twelve member committee worked together to create a place where people without insurance could receive affordable health care. On March 6, 1991 the InterFaith Health Clinic opened its doors to serve those earning too much to qualify for government subsidized insurance and too little to afford private insurance. Since opening, the clinic has served over 50,000 patients./blockquotebr /br /”What the general public does not realize,” my cardiologist said, “is how much free work we doctors give away. We had a patient in here yesterday without insurance, nothing, and he was in the heart cath lab yesterday afternoon.”br /br /What will happen to this same patient of my doctor’s if the United States had Universal Health Care? Would he have been put on a waiting list for the heart cath lab or for other necessary tests a href=”http://www.onthefencefilms.com/video/deadmeat/”like so many in Canada/a? What will socialized medicine do to the compassion and/or working habits of doctors? Will taking away the free market in medicine start a new generation of doctors who see no incentive or reason to take on more patients when they draw a salary regardless of how many patients are seen? Have you ever dealt with HMO’s who tried that approach? By paying doctors a fixed sum for so many patients, the incentive is to ration care, not provide more. In addition, if doctors are working for the government, they may see that as fullfilling their obligation already to the underprivileged etc., so they may not feel such a strong need to help out in extra ways.br /br /Once the government is in charge, will doctors view their loss of autonomy over their practices as reason to turn compassion over the government? I think so. It is human nature to work for an incentive of some kind and to feel that one has some kind of autonomy over one’s work–that is why capitalism is the only system that works, it allows people to reap the rewards of their own work and rewards those who are better than the competition. To completely take the market out of healthcare allows mediocrity to flourish. Can we really afford to do that with people’s lives?br /br /Shouldn’t we be asking ourselves these questions before demanding that the government take charge of health care? Because asking them after the fact may be too little for many and too late for some.
Since 1979, over 4,000 gays and lesbians have been executed in Iran. They are, however, given a “Choice of Deathstyles.”
“We Drink and Bathe from the Toilets” — Iranian Dissident Trapped 76 Days (and counting) in Moscow Airport – Exclusive PJ Media Video
(Video smuggled out of the Moscow airport and exclusive to PJ Media. Translation by Iranian-American filmmaker Ardeshir Arian. Michael Ledeen’s backgrounder on this case can be read HERE.)
UPDATE – TUES – 8:16 PST:PJM sources inform Kamalfar is still at the Moscow airport and did not leave for Iran on the first flight. An Aeroflot flight leaves for Tehran in about an hour. Negotiations are ongoing between human rights organizations and the Russians and, presumably, between the Russians and the Iranian regime.
FURTHER UPDATE – 16:26 PST: Midnight in Moscow, as the song goes. The latest reports to reach PJM are that Zahra Kamalfar is under the watchful eye of three Iranian men with ear pieces. (She knows they are Iranian because they whisper to each other in Farsi.) It is probable they could not be there without the acquiescence of the Russians. Meanwhile, PJM has learned that Kamalfar’s brother – Nader Kamalfar – has official political asylum in Canada. Her other brother was killed in Iran, presumably by the regime. At the moment, Zahra has no papers to prove her family identity. Those are in the hands of the Canadian law firm representing her brother, but are not available until Wednesday. (She may be in Tehran by then.) All of this is, of course, unconfirmed. (To see the full story and view long comment thread GO HERE)