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Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Roger L. Simon reviews Borat Am I the only one not suing Sacha Cohen? Okay, I'll sue. But I will have to stand in line behind the racist/sexist/fraternity clods in the RV and, now, the citizens of the Romanian village of Glod who claim to have been "tricked" by the filmmaker. (They and a lot of people.) Of course, none of the folks - or should I say volk - would be paying the slightest attention if the flick hadn't earned just shy of 50 million in eight days. It's clearly headed for being one of the top grossing comedies of all time. And everybody in the movie business knows - where there is success, there are lawsuits.

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Is Rumsfeld Rigid?

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

I spent all day at a conference Saturday at the University of Tennessee on the use of a psychologicial instrument, the ema href=”http://www3.parinc.com/products/product.aspx?Productid=PAI”Personality Assessment Inventory/a/em or PAI. The author of the instrument and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0471084638?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0471084638″a subsequent book on the topic,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0471084638″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Leslie Morey, was there to explain how to use the test to evaluate personality traits. The workshop was informative, the presenter solid in his knowledge and the material was interesting. br /br /If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I am not very happy with the political correctness of the majority of liberals in the psychological field. I try hard to avoid workshops where I will be bombarded with politically correct positions about men as perpetrators and women as victims to the negative traits of conservatives. Why, you might ask do I avoid such drivel? Because I have been bombarded with that viewpoint throughout my career and do not want to hear the conservative bashing that often goes on in seminars like this. I go to workshops simply to learn the material outlined in the brochure like scoring and using a test and I do it only because I need to meet the Continuing Eduation requirements for psychologists in Tennessee. I can read, after all, and would get more from a book much of the time than from a lecture. If I wanted to hear about politics, I would be at a covention for that discussion. But I digress.br /br /I did not hear one bad joke about Bush, politics or any other crack for three-fourths of the lecture. Just as I was falling into a false sense that perhaps I had found the perfect workshop where the topic was adhered to and no mention of politics was forthcoming, there it was. As the speaker explained one of the scales of the PAI having to do with treatment motivation, he quipped, “If the scale is too high, the person is too rigid and set in their ways, like Donald Rumsfeld.” So there it was, I was hoping I could make it through the seminar without the cracks and putdowns of the current administration but it was not going to happen. To the speaker’s credit, he did mention that he worked a href=”http://www.columbusdispatch.com/national-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/11/09/20061109-A1-00.html”at Texas A M and Robert Gates /awas one of the best administrators he had ever seen. However, the use of Rumsfeld’s name to make a point about the negative aspects of a test score on a scale measuring rigidity was not science or fact. It was an opinion and was not necessary. br /br /So is Rumsfeld rigid? I don’t think that rigid is the right word. If rigid means uncompromising, demanding of high quality work, sticking to your guns as an agent of change, then yes. But the use of the term rigid by the speaker above makes these traits sound negative, when they can indeed, be positive in certain settings, like in the military. My problem with some psychological tests and their inventors, is that what they perceive to be psychological well-adjustment in their eyes is not always what we need in times of war, in the military or in the society in general. Only history will tell us if Rumsfeld’s traits were really rigid, or if they were the traits that we needed at the time but cast aside because we misinterpreted the traits of a leader in a negative light. By contrast, who would decribe the civil rights leaders or suffragettes as “rigid” even though they stuck to their guns for decades?

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How many paedophiles can there be?

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

First, it was the New Zealand airlines a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2005/11/airline-demonizes-men.html”demonizing men /a as potential pedophiles and having them change seats if they were sitting next to a minor child–a href=”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2006/11/09/do0901.xml”now it’s British Airways/a (Hat tip: Mercurior):br /br /blockquoteI mean, come off it, folks. How many paedophiles can there be? Are we really saying that any time an adult male finds himself sitting next to someone under 16, he must expect to be hustled from his seat before the suspicious eyes of the entire cabin?br /br /What about adult females? Every week there is some new tale of what a saucy French mistress is deemed to have done with her adolescent charges behind the bicycle sheds; and, disgraceful though these episodes may be, I don’t hear anyone saying that children should be shielded from adult women. Do you? Or maybe I’m wrong — maybe all adults will have to carry personal cardboard partitions with them on every plane or train, just in case they find themselves sitting next to under-16s.br /br /Even as I write, I can imagine the lip-pursing of some of my lovely high-minded readers. How would you like it, they will say, if some weird chap was plonked next to your kids? And they are right that I would worry about some strange adult sitting next to my children, chiefly because I wouldn’t want the poor fellow to come to any harm.br /br /To all those who worry about the paedophile plague, I would say that they not only have a very imperfect understanding of probability; but also that they fail to understand the terrible damage that is done by this system of presuming guilt in the entire male population just because of the tendencies of a tiny minority./blockquotebr /br /The author of this opinion piece is right that the damage done to society because of the mistrust of men is high and far reaching–he points out that many men no longer teach kids, particularly in the area of physics, math and chemistry and it is hurting our science base. Just when a href=”http://physicsweb.org/articles/world/12/10/1″we need more physics teachers /ateaching young people, we may see fewer men who are willing to take the job because the stakes of being called a perp are too high. Will the demonization of men hurt the science profession? I sure hope not.

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A Step in the Right Direction

Friday, November 10th, 2006

A while back, I a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/03/if-youre-gay-you-better-stay-that-way.html”wrote a post /aon the possibility that the APA would consider therapists treating those who were distressed by unwanted homosexual attractions as unethical. However, it now appears that patient autonomy and self determination a href=”http://www.narth.com/docs/koocher.html”has finally been acknowledged/a as more important than political correctness by the APA:br /br /blockquoteNew Orleans, August 12, 2006 – Surrounded by President-Elect Sharon Stephens Brehm, CEO Norman Anderson and other prominent members of the American Psychological Association (APA), President Gerald P. Koocher voiced support for the treatment of those distressed by unwanted homosexual attractions. br /br /In a Town Hall Meeting dedicated to open exchange between members and APA leaders, Dr. Koocher fielded a question from NARTH President Joseph Nicolosi about APA’s position on the treatment of unwanted homosexuality. br /br /Highlighting the importance of client autonomy and self-determination, Dr. Koocher stated, “APA has no conflict with psychologists who help those distressed by unwanted homosexual attraction.” /blockquotebr /br /Dr. Koocher, the APA president, also acknowleged a href=”http://www.apa.org/monitor/oct06/pc.html”in an article in the APA monitor /athat some studies showed that women (shockingly!) can be capable of acting out physical aggression in equal numbers to men.br /br /blockquoteSeveral studies of domestic violence have suggested that males and females in relationships have an equal likelihood of acting out physical aggression, although differing in tactics and potential for causing injury (e.g., women assailants will more likely throw something, slap, kick, bite, or punch their partner, or hit them with an object, while males will more likely beat up their partners, and choke or strangle them). In addition, data show that that intimate partner violence rates among heterosexual and gay and lesbian teens do not differ significantly./blockquotebr /br /It’s nice to see that the APA is listening to other points of view and is doing the right thing instead of bowing to political correctness.

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States of the Union

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Gerard Van der Leun has been taking a "core sample" of the United States. The first of a series. The Ferris Wheel, lit in long stripes of searing red and blue and green neon like some whirling sketch of an earth-bound star, pirouettes into the night sky above the slate waters of the Pacific at the end of the Santa Monica pier. Below it, the old seafood restaurant now serves Mexican food where gang-bangers herd their Saturday night dates around the bar, and the loud murmur of Angelino-accented Spanish rises above the waves that lap the pilings driven deep through the slow Pacific swell and into the sands below.

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ONLY CONNECT: Reconsidering Jewish-Muslim History

Friday, November 10th, 2006

by Salim Mansur

Salim Mansur is a professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario and a syndicated columnist in Canada and the United Kingdom. A Muslim native to Calcutta, India, and a noted Islamic scholar, Prof. Mansur has written extensively on Islamic extremism and the challenges facing contemporary Islam. In an essay exclusive to PJ Media, he discusses one of the most complex and important issues of human history: Jewish-Muslim relations.

“Jewish-Muslim reconciliation is an imperative in and of itself…. It is an imperative as well for global peace, for an end to Muslim terrorism and the war against Muslim terrorism, and for ending a history over-burdened with recriminations, each side denying the other’s capacity to be fully human, with neither recognizing the other as oneself.” (Read the complete essay HERE)

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Blog Week in Review, November 10, 2006

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Eric Umansky and Glenn Reynolds discuss the elections, who really won, who lost , and what cave dwellers in Waziristan may make of the vote. Expected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s “first one hundred hours” gets the skeptical treatment. Austin Bay moderates. Surprise panelist Ed Driscoll drops in for a cameo –and produces the show, as well. Brought to you by Volvo USA.

Blog Week in Review – PJ Media

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Back to the Future with PJ Media

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

From the new column by Michael S. Malone, ABC’s Silicon Insider:

“This week, in what may prove to be a landmark in the story of the blogosphere, the blog aggregator PJ Media handed out a pile of inexpensive digital cameras to its contributors and asked them to document their experiences on Election Day.

It was a glimpse of the future. And if I was Sony or Canon or Nikon, I’d be looking at that 57 million number [of blogs] and planning a whole marketing campaign around my new Budget Blog camera line.”

To view those videos click here. To get the Canon Powershot camera we used and start video blogging yourself, click %%AMAZON=B000HAOVC6 here%%.

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Welcome Glorious Gulagosphere Comrades!

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

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Burying you in our Pajamas we will be! Such face to our insults stood cannot be: Gulagosphere‚Ñ¢ – Our answer to the right-wing PJ Media conglomerate of capitalist lackeys.”

Before you are asking, no to the foreign aid the answer is. No, much more so, to the naked wrestling.

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Be Careful of What You Wish For:

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Victor Davis Hanson on the real Rumsfeld Record, the Webb campaign, and Weird politics: “After reading for three years from almost every neoconservative pundit that Rumsfeld should go, they now will get their wish. The only problem is that Gates is more a Baker-realist than a neo-Wilsonian.” (Read it all HERE)

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The Glenn and Helen Show: Austin Bay and Jim Dunnigan on Rumsfeld, the Elections, and the War on Terror

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

The Democrats have taken the House and, it appears, the Senate. Donald Rumsfeld has resigned, to be replaced by Robert Gates. What's next for the War on Terror and U.S. national security? Austin Bay and Jim Dunnigan on Rumsfeld, the Elections and the War on Terror Brought to you by Volvo Cars US.

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Post Election Podcast

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Our two favorite military analysts, Jim Dunnigan of a href=”http://www.strategypage.com/default.asp”Strategy Page /aand Austin Bay of a href=”http://www.austinbay.net/”AustinBay.net /a discuss the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld, what the mid-term election results mean for the war and military tactics as well as the “new direction” of the Democratic party. Listening to these two experts put the elections and the war into perspective from a historical point of view cheered me up and made me feel more positive about the direction of both.br /br /You can listen to the podcast directly a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/11/08/the_glenn_and_helen_show_austi.php”here at PJ Media/a by clicking on the gray flash player or for dial-up users, click a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061108-BayDunnigan-lofi.mp3″here./a Subscribe via iTunes (you know you want to!) a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″here./abr /br /You can see our previous podcast archive a href=”http://politicscentral.com/show/glenn_helen_show/”here./abr /br /This podcast is sponsored by a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”Volvo at Volvocars.us./a Buy one today, and tell them we sent you!

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Election ’06 – Second Helpings

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

PJ Media’s election coverage is available for your perusal in its entirety at Election Central. All of the videos and articles you enjoyed so much the first time taste even better the next day.

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Post Election Hangover

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

I stayed up late last night watching the election returns come in. Okay, late for me, midnight. I even swigged down some wine (half a glass) which for me is a big deal, given the amount of heart drugs I take, which exacerbate the effect of alcohol to the point where half a glass is like four glasses for a normal person. br /br /I was pleased to see the Tennessee elections turned out exactly as I had hoped and a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/10/early-voting.html”all of the candidates I voted for/a, Corker, a href=”http://lastcar.blogspot.com/2006_11_01_lastcar_archive.html”Campfield/a, a href=”http://www.house.gov/duncan/contact.htm”Duncan/a and a href=”http://www.tennesseeanytime.org/governor/Welcome.do;jsessionid=lTZWPfT5HY-jP2xi7q”Bredesen/a won. I am always proud of Tennesseans who do not look to the national media to make up their minds for them and march to the beat of their own drummer. Apparently, so far Corker is thea href=”http://knoxnews.com/kns/election/article/0,1406,KNS_630_5128186,00.html” only freshman Republican Senator /a in the country (Hat Tip: a href=”http://instapundit.com/”Instapundit/a). Congrats to him! And how was your election night?

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Election ’06 – AFTERMATH

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

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Depressed Republicans and drunken Democrats gather at PJ Media DC Editor Richard Miniter’s house to groan and gloat. Commentary on the debacle by Christopher Hitchens.

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Election ’06 – Looking for the Antidote

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

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Evan Coyne Maloney goes looking for a way to remove his Lieberman earworm. “I need some help. I need some mental help is what I need.”

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Election ’06 – The Schwarzenegger Strategist: Matthew Dowd

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

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PJ Media correspondent Bill Bradley interviews the man who guided the Schwarzenegger campaign to victory.

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The Glenn & Helen Show: A Foreign Perspective on U.S. Politics

Monday, November 6th, 2006

The American media have been obsessed with this week's Congressional elections, but the foreign media have been just as interested. Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith caught up with Mark Little and Ken O'Shea of Irish TV's "Primetime" -- a show that's a bit like our "Nightline" -- to see what interests them about the American elections, and what has surprised them about their reporting. Plus, a look at the effect of American portion sizes on Irish waistlines.

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Podcast with Irish TV Reporters

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

Have you ever wondered what people in other countries think of our politics and how they perceive our upcoming elections? Mark Little and Ken O’shea of the Irish TV program a href=”http://www.rte.ie/news/2006/1019/primetime.html”Prime Time/a–a kind of Irish version of Nightline–were in Knoxville to cover the Ford/Corker race and met up with us at a href=”http://www.calhouns.com/”Calhoun’s Barbeque/a. We talk with them about politics, religion, and American society from an outsider’s perspective and what they have learned by visting the villes so far, Ashville, Knoxville, and Nashville.br /br /You can listen to the podcast a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061106-LittleOShea.mp3″here,/a if for no other reason than to hear their lovely Irish accents (and they’re smart and interesting too!). you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by clicking a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/11/05/the_glenn_and_helen_show_a_for.php”here/a and selecting the lo-fi version. Better still, you can subscribe via iTunes by a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″clicking here./a If you would like to listen to more of our podcasts, go to our podcast archive at a href=”http://glennandhelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenshow.com/a. br /br /This podcast is sponsored by Volvo at a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”volvocars.us/a.a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061106-LittleOShea.mp3″/a

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The Day of Justice (An Exclusive Dispatch From Baghdad):

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

PJ Media Baghdad editors Mohammed and Omar Fadhil, of Iraq The Model, write their first impressions after Saddam Hussein's death sentence was delivered. I was overwhelmed with joy and relief as I watched the criminals being read their verdicts. For the first time in our region tyrants are being punished for their crimes through a court of law. Until this moment and while I'm typing these words I'm still receiving words of congratulations in emails, phone calls and text messages from friends inside and outside the country. These were our only means to share our happiness because of the curfew that limits our movement. This is the day for Saddam's lovers to weep and I expect their shock and grieve to be huge. They had always thought their master was immortal so let them live in their disappointment while we live for our future.

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A Psychosphere Roundup

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Dr. Sanity has a roundup of posts across the Psychosphere. a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/11/touch-and-go.html”Go take a look/a.

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Blog Week in Review, November 3, 2006

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Prelude to a Power Change? Perhaps. Panelists Tammy Bruce and Glenn Reynolds analyze the 2006 midterm election, dissect Senator John Kerry’s “botched joke” and focus on the Internet Governance Forum which was held in Athens, Greece this week.

Austin Bay moderates; Ed Driscoll produces. Brought to you by Volvo USA.

Blog Week in Review – PJ Media

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THEO VAN GOGH’S RETURN

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Two years after his murder on the streets of Amsterdam, Van Gogh's shadow continues to hover over a confused political landscape. And Hollywood continues to ignore the death of a fellow filmmaker.

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Arnold and Those Pesky California Propositions

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

On his PajamasXpress blog Bill Bradley reports the latest polling on the closely-watched (by some) California propositions: “Two private polls show support stabilizing for the massive infrastructure bonds package pushed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrats, although hardly at massive levels. But a new Field Poll shows most other controversial initiatives in big trouble, although support has picked up for parental consent for teen abortions.” Bradley will be leading a PJ Media team at “Freeranger” Schwarzenegger HQ at the Beverly Hilton on Election Night. Other exclusive Pajamas election coverage to be announced soon.

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No Gun, No Chance

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Are schools just trying to get people killed? School security officer, Russ Kocur, at Halls High School in Knoxvillea href=”http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/4542511.html” was shot and killed /aby a fugitive from the law who was sitting in a parking lot at the school. The officer went to check out the car and was shot. One has to wonder why a school security officer who patrols a school at night does not carry a weapon or wear a bullet proof vest:br /br /blockquoteHutchison says Lineberry was only in Knoxville a short time.br /br /He had a flat tire and was stranded at Halls High School.br /br /Lineberry has no known connection to Knoxville and has an extensive criminal history, including distributing marijuana in a school zone, breaking and entering and assault and battery.br /br /Police say officer Kocur, who was unarmed and not wearing a bullet proof vest, was shot by a .22 caliber revolver, probably after discovering the suspect had a gun.br /br /”The guard was struck one time in the upper back…between the liver and the heart,” says Knox County Sheriff Tim Hutchison./blockquotebr /br /So here is another instance where a gun might have saved this man’s life–but I bet that won’t make headlines. Why should a school be allowed to have a security guard with no weapon patrol at night alone? Shouldn’t a school be held liable for placing a person in such danger? I don’t know why anyone would take a job as a security guard without a weapon. What are they supposed to do if they see a crime taking place, a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/10/lets-roll.html”hide under a desk/a?

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