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Film: Dreamgirls (The Supremes without “Baby Love”)

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

A continuing series of "out of school" Oscar reviews by Motion Picture Academy Member Roger L. Simon Dreamgirls starts out as if it just might be a "good-baddie," but no such luck. Especially in the second half, it's just plain bad, an interminable affair that keeps you wondering when this will be over - or in my case, since I was watching on an Academy screener, wishing I could channel surf my way out but unable to. Only the voice and appeal of Jennifer Hudson make this movie bearable - and just barely.

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This is the way the Mideast ends, not with a whimper….

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Two PajamasXpress writers are looking at the top question of 2007, “Oh my, whatever shall we do with Iran?”

Claudia Rosett is looking at a first-strike: “Even if it’s impossible to track down every iota of Iran’s sprawling nuclear program, it ought to be at least feasible to target the known nuclear-related installations, assorted crucial ministries, and enough in the way of Iran’s oil-export and gasoline-import facilities to give Ahmadinejad & Co. a deadly serious message of disapproval, backed by a large repair bill – costing not only money, but the precious element of time.” (The Rosett Report)

Not so fast, says Ron Rosenbaum, who examines the second-strike realities: “In the nuked-Israel scenario, it will likely be in the hands of the commanders of Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear armed missiles. Probably those three Dolphin Class subs the Israelis bought from the Germans.” (RonRosenbaum.com)

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Carnivores in Suits

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Victor Davis Hanson wraps up the year with reflections on “The Western Veneer,” when clothes do not make the man, the coming condemnation of Ethiopia, and the deep historic roots of anti-Americanism: ” ‘Death to America!’ and “The Great Satan” made their debut during the Iranian hostage crisis when Jimmy Carter was routinely burned in effigy. ” Read it now @ PajamasXpress

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Oysters and Foie Gras and, By the Way, Saddam Was Hanged

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

by Nidra Poller , PJM Paris Editor saddamchirac.jpg Saddam Hussein, second from left, and Jacques Chirac, right, confer in Iraq's French-built nuclear power plant in the 1970s. The general tone of French media today is world weary--they hung Saddam, the violence continues, ferry boat accident off the coast of Java, foie gras and oysters...and wise guys. Ho-hum they hung Saddam: subdued reactions in Iraq, severe condemnation in Europe, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Hamastan and, most vehemently, in French think tanks. Europeans do not believe in capital punishment, democratic nations do not practice capital punishment, but then again, it wasn't really the Iraqis who hung Saddam, it was the Americans, it was George Booooosh. And hanging Saddam is a sign of Booooosh's weakness (he should know that democratic countries don't execute criminals). Besides how uncouth to do it on the dawn of this supremely holy day

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Last Day of Vacation

Friday, December 29th, 2006

a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/750/48/1600/521315/helenwheelsm.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/750/48/320/949843/helenwheelsm.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /br /So, today is the last day of my beach vacation and I am trying to make the most of it. Here I am intrepidly driving our rental boat out to the ocean to search for sharks…okay, in reality, I am sitting behind the wheel for the first time, and when I mentioned I was driving, everyone left and took the keys–except for Glenn who stayed to take my picture. I am not much of a sailor and prefer land to water but it is really beautiful here and I wouldn’t mind learning to sail–except for the sea sickness part, and the preferring land to water thing and I don’t like jellyfish. Oh, never mind, I think a city destination will be on my next vacation agenda. But, I have had a really good time and my winter blues are gone!

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2006: A World Awash in Fear and Fascism — The Year in Review

Friday, December 29th, 2006


And all the news just repeats itself Like some forgotten dream that we've both seen. -- John Prine If you had to keyword 2006, you'd have to choose "Iraq, Bush, Iran, Bush, Israel, Bush, Hezbollah, Bush, Democrats, Bush, Ahmadinejad, Bush, Foley, Bush, Elections, Bush, Nuclear weapons, Bush, Global warming, Bush, Saddam, Bush, Everything Else, Bush." For a "lame duck," the policies and foibles, positions and mannerisms, thoughts and words of George Bush dominated the United States and the world in 2006 like no other leader since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Revealed by his actions if not his words as neither a Republican nor a Democrat, Bush has become the first "Quasi-Freeranger" President in history. "You" may have been Time magazine's choice for "Person of the Year," but like him or hate him, "You" live in a George Bush world. And will for two more years. Whatever will "You" do when he leaves the scene? PJ Media reported in on the changing state of our world 24/7 on every day of the past year. Here's some of the more essential or interesting stories that surfaced during that time.

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Thursday, December 28th, 2006

a href=”http://www.thebitchgirls.us/?p=6137″Bitter/a, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0451218957?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0451218957″Sun Kissed/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0451218957″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / is only good at the beach or in an apartment wrapped in faux fur if you 1) like horses 2) like romance novels or 3) have more patience than I do. My sister-in-law, a horse owner and horse lover really enjoyed it and said “it is worth the read as the information about horses was quite realistic and the romance was not at all sappy but complex.” Okay, so buy it if you are a lover of equines and romance but not if you are like me, bored by horses (as well as allergic to them) and prefer non-fiction.

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Blog Week in Review: Claudia Rosett on the UN

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

December 28, 2006

This week’s special guest, Claudia Rosett, and host Austin Bay discuss the “Byzantine” nature of UN accountability at the close of the “stunningly hypocritical” reign of Kofi Annan. Also, a tour of major world issues from Russia, to China and North Korea, and how to strengthen democratic resolve in the face of rising regional threats. Ed Driscoll produces.

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Claudia Rosett on the UN

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The Blogosphere at War:

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

A paper by PJM’s Sydney editor Richard Fernandez aims “to describe how the blogosphere works; to situate it vis-a-vis the mainstream media and to indicate some of the ways it can be used as a weapon of information warfare.The reader may find many of the ideas half-baked, and the reader would be right. But perhaps this flawed little monograph can contribute in some small way to a discussion of what the blogosphere is and what it’s future might be. I truly believe that ‘it is possible that in the long run the global public will come to rely on fellow Internet users to learn about the world more than it will from professional journalists.’” (Belmont Club)

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Whatever

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/750/48/1600/332090/whatever.jpg”img style=”display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/750/48/400/386786/whatever.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /I am still down here in the Keys wandering around after the sun goes down some. While on one journey, I found this boat that must belong to science fiction writer, a href=”http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/”John Scalzi/a. He must really be doing well with his books, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765315246?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0765315246″Old Man’s War,/a a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765315025?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0765315025″The Ghost Brigades, /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0765315025″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765309416?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0765309416″The Android’s Dream./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0765309416″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / I guess this a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/24/books/review/Itzkoff.t.html?pagewanted=1_r=1″NYT’s article/a was right; maybe the blogosphere can promote books and lead to success.

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Why Ethiopia is Winning in Somalia

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

The keys to a surprising military campaign. by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross for PJ Media Edited by Richard Miniter The startlingly rapid retreat of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), a Taliban-like group linked to Osama bin Laden, surprised military intelligence officers who less than a week ago were predicting a total route of Somalia's secular transitional federal government. The intensity of air strikes by Ethiopia, which has long been allied with the transitional government, has helped turn the tide. Ethiopia's ground forces, already based in Somalia, have also played a critical role. Ethiopia's success was not inevitable: This past week an American military intelligence officer told PJ Media that the ICU "will overrun Baidoa," where the transitional government has been headquartered, and that the only question was when Baidoa would fall. PJ Media spoke with the same officer yesterday. He is now optimistic about the Ethiopians' chances, with one caveat: "Unless you kill the ICU, it will come back. My worry is they'll drive the ICU out and it will come back in a couple of months."

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Media as Theater of War:

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

In his latest podcast, Israellycool talks about the Herzliya Conference on Media as Theater of War, which he attended. Included are interviews with bloggers Richard Fernandez (PJ Media Sydney editor), Michael Totten, Martin Solomon, Richard Landes, and Joe Hyams, the Managing Director of Honest Reporting.

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Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

Grand Rounds is up–a href=”http://blogborygmi.blogspot.com/2006/12/grand-rounds-314.html”go take a look/a.

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Film: Babel and The Pursuit of Happyness

Monday, December 25th, 2006

A continuing series of "out of school" Oscar reviews by Motion Picture Academy Member Roger L. Simon Two of this year's notable films - Babel and The Pursuit of Happyness - share a theme of concern for children. I don't know whether that constitutes a trend. But it's certainly in the air. And who could deny this theme's importance or its drama? I guess I am a Philistine because I didn't much care for Babel - the third part of a trilogy by highly regarded Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu. The movie has raves from some of our toniest critics, won the best director prize at Cannes and is the recipient of seven Golden Globe nominations, including best drama. But I found it chic and tendentious. Worse, in fact.

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Monday, December 25th, 2006

Tomcal, one of the regular commenters on this blog has started his own blog at a href=”http://dontomcrozier.blogspot.com/”dontomcrozier.blogspot.com/a. Go by and wish him good luck!

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Monday, December 25th, 2006

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When One Side is Mad, MAD Won’t Work:

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

“There is no deterrent to suicidal martyrdom, involuntary mass martrydom. No deterrent that depends on belief in the value of life by genocidal murderers on a “martyrdom mission”. Is there a solution to this problem aside from pre-emptive strikes which will likely be catastrophic for both sides and probably only postpone a second Holocaust? Are there any deterrrents that will stop Ahmadinejad and his ilk from carrying out their genocidal designs?” (More @ PajamasXpress)

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“Aren’t you tired of the whole ‘you’re-a-fascist’ line? “

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

Richard Miniter looks at some ancient Leftist ideas and their survival in the 21st Century @ PajamasXpress.

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Kofi: the Man, the Myth, the Mercedes and the Apartment:

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

“The questions for Kofi are: who did hold the lease, who does now, how did well-paid Kofi and his wife – who are forever lecturing the U.S. on obligations to those less fortunate – justify their use of a low-rent NY state-subsidized apartment right up until he became Secretary-General in 1997, and how did the transfer of use to the family of his brother take place?” (Claudia Rosett is on the case @ The Rosett Report.)

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Our Leaders Dither. Our Troops Die. by Michael Ledeen

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

“Rumsfeld, Rice, Tenet, Hadley, Hayden and Negroponte. None of them wanted to know about the murderous activities of the Iranians. Just ask Imad Mughniyah, the world’s most lethal killer.” (Read the rest HERE @ PajamasXpress)

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Afghanistan Again: Somalia Falling to Al Qaeda

Friday, December 22nd, 2006 - by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The terror group stands on the verge of conquering first safe haven since 9/11. by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross A PJ Media Exclusive Al Qaeda's allies in Somalia are on the verge of seizing the secular government's last stronghold - opening the possibility of a "new Afghanistan" to shelter America's enemies. Somalia is at a critical juncture. In the coming days, the world will learn whether the transitional federal government is strong enough to fend off the terrorists' assault. If it fails, al-Qaeda will win its first countrywide safe haven since 9/11. The radical Islamic Courts Union (ICU), a Taliban-like group linked to Osama bin Laden, seized the Somali capital of Mogadishu in June and has steadily gained control of strategic cities throughout the country since then. Its main rival, the secular transitional federal government, is now confined to the south-central Somali city of Baidoa.

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Sun Kissed

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/750/48/1600/300798/palmboatpoolsm.jpg”img style=”display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/750/48/400/372848/palmboatpoolsm.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /After getting a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/10/daylight-saving-time-and-seasonal.html”suggestions from readers /aon how to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), I am at a beach house in the a href=”http://www.floridakeys.com/”Florida Keys /afor Christmas–here is a picture I took, I was sitting in the beach chair you see but I decided to get some exercise and took a few pictures. Come to think of it, it was probably medically necessary to come to this beautiful island to treat my winter blues, I wonder if insurance will pay. (Just kidding, of course). I have never been to the beach at Christmas and it has been fun so far. The seafood house we just ate at had lobster and fish lights up for Christmas that were very festive and a lot of people were at the local stores getting gifts wrapped. Still, it is hard to imagine Christmas around the corner in 80 degree weather.br /br /I have a bunch of reading that I took with me, including a book sent to me by the Penguin group entitled a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0451218957?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0451218957″emSun Kissed/em,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0451218957″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / a romance novel they are pitching to women bloggers. You can only imagine how enthusiastic I am to read such a book, given a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/08/summer-reading.html”my love for this particular genre/a. “She asked for nothing…but he would give her everything” reads the inside cover. Apparently, in this romance novel, there is a woman, a horse, an abusive ex-husband and a rugged, yet sensitive Natural man who saves the day. Yep, my kind of reading. My sister-in-law loves horses, and enjoys romance novels so I will pass it on to her. Anyway, back to the sun and ocean. I hope others are having a lovely holiday weekend. I’ll be back later!

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Fear

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/12/scarlet-r.html”img src=”http://instapundit.com/images/helenscarlet.jpg” align=right border=0/aI find it interesting that so many angry lefty bloggers come here to troll on posts about the a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/12/scarlet-r.html”Scarlet R./a Now, it could just be that the guy at a href=”http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2006_12_17_alicublog_archive.html#116672546003862362″Alicublog/a who mentions me, it seems, in every other post, could just have a crush on me, but I will not flatter myself with that theory at this point. You would think that a relatively small blog like mine would not interest them: after all, there are bigger fish out there to fry. br /br /However, my guess is that it is fear that makes the angry leftists link to me or troll to try and shut people here up. Why such a threat from a few thousand people a day on my blog? Because two or three thousand readers could go out and talk to two or three thousand friends about libertarian or right leaning ideas and gasp! they might listen. Extreme leftists have a lot invested in keeping the right’s views out of the media, schools and universities. That means making people on the right afraid or embarrassed about stating politically incorrect views. But everytime we stick up for a student Republican or professor, etc. the lefties’ fear and discomfort become a little greater, their monopoly on these institutions is broken a little further and the threat causes them to act out in anger or make aggressive blog remarks. But hey, I am doing my part here because as long as they write about me, or waste their time posting on my blog, there is less chance they will be out in the real world pushing their agenda. So keep on coming by, boys. And thanks for the traffic!

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The Glenn and Helen Show: A Martha Stewart Christmas

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

It’s a Martha Stewart Christmas at the Glenn and Helen Show! Well, it’s a show about Martha Stewart at Christmastime, anyway. Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith interview law professor Joan Heminway about her book, %%AMAZON=1594602360 Martha Stewart’s Legal Troubles,%% which comes out next week. They’re joined by Professor Ellen Podgor and talk not only about Martha Stewart’s legal troubles, but about the Sarbanes-Oxley bill, white-collar crime, and the criminalization of nearly everything.

Christmas music by Audra and the Antidote. Brought to you by Volvo US.

The Glenn and Helen Show: A Martha Stewart Christmas

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Thursday, December 21st, 2006

“Are a href=”http://drwes.blogspot.com/2006/12/dawn-of-food-narcs.html”food reconditioning camps /a in our future?” Dr. Wes wonders.

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