a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594602360?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594602360″img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/750/48/320/544179/heminwaycov.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /Is the US really as pro-business as everyone says? It sure doesn’t seem that way after talking to our two guests. Today, we are in the studio with law professors Joan Heminway and Ellen Podgor (by phone), who have a new book coming out entitled, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594602360?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594602360″emMartha Stewart’s Legal Troubles/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594602360″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / They use the Martha Stewart case as a jumping-off point to talk about white collar crime, the buisness environment, and whether overcriminalization is hurting the US economy, and the problems with the a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarbanes-Oxley_Act”Sarbanes-Oxley Act. /a Oh, and we talk about Christmas cookies.br /br /You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/12/21/the_glenn_and_helen_show_a_mar.php”going here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061221-HeminwayPodgor.mp3″clicking right here,/a and you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. by going a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/12/21/the_glenn_and_helen_show_a_mar.php”here/a and selecting the “lo-fi” version. And, of course, you can always a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″subscribe via iTunes/a so that you’ll never miss an episode. Plus, don’t miss our show archives at a href=”http://glennandhelenshow.com”GlennandHelenShow.com/a!br /br /br /This podcast is sponsored by Volvo ata href=”http://www.volvocars.us/” volvocars.us/a.
By Catherine Seipp The Michael Richards n-word incident continues to take its toll, especially in media circles. I just noticed, for instance, that former Los Angeles Timesman Bob Baker's attempt at "satirizing" Richards' recent comedy club implosion used the n-word 23 times and therefore got him in trouble with a "reporter/friend," (presumably nonwhite, otherwise I suspect Baker would have tried to come up with some sort of argument.) But the sometime L.A. Times writing coach quickly backed off from his Lenny Bruce-inspired parody regretfully and fully.
Read about a href=”http://cathyyoung.blogspot.com/2006/12/ding-dong-witch-is-dead.html”Cathy Young’s run-in /awith Judith Regan, publisher at Harper Collins, who was recently fired from her job. Good riddance, it sounds like after reading Ms. Young’s post.
In my a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/12/scarlet-r.html”post on the Scarlet R/a, I noted that Republicans are often called vile names in response to their political leanings, especially in institutions of “higher learning.” Here is a a href=”http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2006_12_17-2006_12_23.shtml#1166639678″prime example at the Volokh Conspiracy /aof the type of denigrating behavior professors get away with at these paragons of diversity for the sole reason that the recipient is the wrong color and political orientation:br /br /blockquoteWashington State University Professor Calls Student “White Shitbag” at Demonstration: The WSU investigation report is here. The College Republicans organized an anti-illegal-immigration event, featuring a “24-foot, chain-link, cyclone fence, later established as a representation of a ‘Wall of Immigration.’” Professor John Streamas showed up, got into an argument with Dan Ryder, a College Republicans member, and in the process called him a “white shitbag.”/blockquotebr /br /Now imagine the tables were turned and a white professor called a black student Democrat the same type of derogatory name in reverse? Would that professor still have a job? Maybe, but you better believe that the professor would be a pariah and the repercussions a lot worse than a reprimand.
Cathy Young has an interesting post entitled, “The father question (and Mary Cheney’s baby). a href=”http://cathyyoung.blogspot.com/2006/12/father-question-and-mary-cheneys-baby.html”Take a look./a
Here comes Barack Obama, and just in the nick of time, because, “The Democrats are not going to win with any of the [ermmm... people] that have been representing them.” That and more from our panel of gentle and caring professionals when the Sanity Squad takes on Senator Obama’s apotheosis and the prospects for civil war in Palestine, in this week’s episode. (Listen HERE)
“Democrats have become old Republicans abroad, and Republicans have become old Democrats at home. We the public think the renewed realism is stability and a return to normality, but it is a prescription for disaster: a “stable” Middle East gave us 9/11.” (Read the rest HERE)
I was sitting at the spa yesterday flipping through magazines and came across the December issue of ema href=”http://www.usmagazine.com/”Us Magazine/a./em I know, I know, I should quit reading these magazines, but I am interested as a psychologist, in how pop culture affects the political thinking in our schools and society–so give me a break.br /br /Anyway, the little tidbit I came across was buried on page 30 under a page entitled, “Hot Pics!” in the December 25th issue that showed a smiling Sheryl Crow posing with a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_David”Larry David /aand his wife, Laurie. The caption reads, “‘In the spring, we’re showing a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ICL3KG?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlink_code=as3camp=211189creative=373489creativeASIN=B000ICL3KG”emAn Inconvenient Truth/em/a in high schools and it’ll be fun,’ Sheryl Crow tells emUs /emof working with Larry David’s activist wife, Laurie, who was honored at a emSelf/em magazine benefit in West Hollywood Dec. 7.”br /br /emAn Inconvenient Truth /emis the Al Gore documentary produced by Laurie David among others. It appears Ms. David was upset when they tried to distribute 50,000 free documentaries to the National Science Teachers Association. According to a recent Washington Post editorial, producers of Al Gore’s documentary on global warming “An Inconvenient Truth” wanted to give 50,000 free DVDs to the National Science Teachers Association for distribution to schools as an educational tool, a href=”http://www.edweek.org/tb/2006/11/30/1110.html”but their offer was turned down/a. The NSTA says they cannot endorse any particular product.br /br /blockquotea href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/24/AR2006112400789.html”In an editorial/a, Laurie David, one of the film’s producers, says this decision was based largely on the NSTA’s connection with the ExxonMobil Corp., which has given funds to the association. Ms. David writes that “through textbooks, classroom posters and teacher seminars, the oil industry, the coal industry and other corporate interests are exploiting shortfalls in education funding by using a small slice of their record profits to buy themselves a classroom soapbox.”/blockquotebr /br /Uhh, the oil industry is trying to buy themselves a classroom soapbox? And what would you be trying to do? Isn’t using Hollywood stars like Sheryl Crow and the others involved in em An Inconvenient Truth/em to pimp your product for you exactly what you are accusing the oil industry of doing? I am sure you are not getting a dime from them or any support. Yeah, right.br /br /It seems that Laurie David is a contributor to the emHuffington Post blog/em which tells you all you need to know about her politics. I think that the NSTA’s refusal to let special interest groups hijack the schools is noble. Because really, if emAn Inconvenient Truth /emis distributed to high schools, shouldn’t the rest of us get to choose other special interest documentaries that students view? I have some suggestions. br /br /How about Dave Hardy’s a href=”http://www.secondamendmentdocumentary.com/”emIn Search of the Second Amendment/em documentary/a, a great film that can teach our kids about their right to bear arms, or a href=”http://www.onthefencefilms.com/movies.html”emDead Meat/em/a by Stuart Browning about the horrors of Universal Healthcare or a href=”http://www.onthefencefilms.com/movies.html”emIndoctrinate U/em/a by Evan Coyne Maloney, a film that explains how politically correct liberals like Laurie David and her ilk are trying to hijack the schools. At least then the kids would be getting exposed to opinions they won’t find in iUs/i magazine.
A continuing series of "out of school" Oscar reviews by Motion Picture Academy Member Roger L. Simon My friend novelist David Freeman said the German movie The Lives of Others would remind blas√© me why I was once interested in working in the movies and he was right. Thirty-three year old Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's first film about life under the Stasi (East German State Security) is a masterpiece of political cinema with the depth and lingering impact of a serious novel, an extreme rarity in movies these days. It is also a riveting theatrical experience. The film won Best Picture at the European Film Awards (after being astonishingly rejected by the Berlin and Cannes Festivals - more on this below) and should contend for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
a href=”http://thecrisper.com/index.php/2006/12/16/uk-professor-bring-on-the-obesity-warning-labels/”Dave at the Crisper blog /adiscusses a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/healthmain.html?in_article_id=422917in_page_id=1774″an article /afrom the emDaily Mail /emabout a professor who proposes putting obesity warnings on clothes:br /br /blockquoteOversize clothes should have obesity helpline numbers sewn on them to try and reduce Britain’s fat crisis, a leading professor said today. br /br /And new urban roads should only be built if they have cycle lanes, according to Naveed Sattar, Professor of Metabolic Medicine at the University of Glasgow. br /br /He is calling for more government intervention with a central agency set up to deal with the problems of obesity…..br /br /”People clearly have some responsibility for their health, but society and government have a responsibility to make the preferred, easy choices healthier ones,” he said. /blockquotebr /br /I propose, instead, that we sew warning labels on professors who spout totalitarian ideas that seek to take away personal autonomy and replace it with government dependence. That is my preferred easy healthier choice. What about you?
Sadly, I just read that psychologist Richard Carlson, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0786881852?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0786881852″emDon’t Sweat the Small Stuff–and it’s all small stuff/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0786881852″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / has died, apparently a href=”http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/16257994.htm”from cardiac arrest while flying /ato New York on a book tour (Hat tip: a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2006/12/really-big-stuff.html”Althouse blog /a). I remember after my heart attack seven years ago that one of my sisters gave me one of his books to cheer me up. At the time, I felt that I didn’t need some stupid self-help book to make me feel better–I just wanted to be well. But the book and my illness made me realize how futile it was to be upset over the little daily annoyances of life that made no difference at all. Richard Carlson understood that and he helped me to understand it too, not just at an intellectual level, but at an emotional one as well.br /br /Here is a href=”http://www.dontsweat.com/”more about Richard Carlson’s work/a. My readers may find it too “fluffy” and pop psych for their taste, but I think Dr. Carlson had a good message that made the world a better place. We need more people like him in the world, not fewer.
Iraqi Insurgents Launch 24-Hour Television Station -- A PJM Exclusive -- Al-Qaeda leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri has "big plans" for new propaganda vehicle. by Daveed Gartenstein Ross & Nick Grace Broadcasting from a secret location in Syria, Al-Qaeda and its allies now have their own 24-hour television station, PJ Media has learned.
by Victor Davis Hanson
The news is that 30,000 more troops are headed to Iraq in the new year. Victor Hanson @ PajamasXpress Works and Days looks at what it would take to make it work.
- Putting Iran and Syria on notice ….
- Give an ultimatum to militia heads ….
- Expand the rules of engagement ….
- Enlarge the planned Iraqi security forces ….
- Recalibrate the ratio of support to combat troops….
- So spell out the mission…
TEHRAN (OFF News) – March 15, 2007 – After three months of living “underground,” former Secretary-General Kofi Annan came to the surface and spoke in the Iranian capital at the opening of a two-day conference questioning the existence of the UN Oil-For-Food scandal…. ( Read the rest HERE)
Dr. Sanity takes flight a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/12/saturday-morning-touch-and-go.html”around the psychosphere /ato gather up some interesting mental health posts.
Blog Week in Review, December 15, 2006
This week’s program is a Blog Week special, with John Hinderaker and Scott W. Johnson of Power Line. They talk about why they created their successful blog, and the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group report and its historical perspective –as compared to Pearl Harbor, whose 65th anniversary was commemorated last week. Along with host and moderator Austin Bay they also predict next week’s events. As usual, Ed Driscoll produces.
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Blog Week in Review, December 15, 2006: The Men From Power Line
You hear a lot about suicide and depression during the holiday season. Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith talk with Dr. Eric Caine, head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester and a consultant to the President’s Commission on Mental Health, about suicide and suicide prevention. Do antidepressant drugs raise the risks of suicide or lower them? What preventive steps work, and what should general medical practitioners, or concerned friends and family do? Dr. Caine offers lots of answers, and interesting discussion.
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The Glenn and Helen Show: Suicide is Painful
On the right side of my side bar, you will see a blog ad advertising for a href=”http://www.lethallady.com/home.html”Lethal Lady/a. I accept most ads unless they are pro-Nazi or child porn etc. so I clicked on accept for this particular ad. There is nothing wrong with it, I just find it a bit of a mystery. As you can see, Lethal Lady is advertising products with her picture on it in various costumes. I guess she wants people to buy them but why? I read her a href=”http://www.lethallady.com/about_me”about me section /abut was left just as confused. She states that she is a 62-year-old grandmother who was abandoned by her husband and lost her job because of her age. What is the point of selling the products she does? Is she trying to make a statement that women over sixty should flaunt their sexuality? If so, fine, make the statement but it is not clear. Is she trying to say that she is a a href=”http://www.lethallady.com/about_me”"discharged”/a lady who is trying to make a living off of her products because she has no means of support and needs help? I am not sure or maybe I am just slow. I do not mean any disrespect to Lethal Lady, I am just not sure what she is peddling and she never seems to tell her audience either. Any readers out there know?
a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375401458?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0375401458″img src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/750/48/320/313989/redfieldcov.jpg” border=”0″ align=right alt=”" //abr /a href=”http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/smd/psych/fac_staff/caine_eric.html”Dr. Eric Caine /ais chair of the Department of Psychiatry at a href=”http://www.rochesterpreventsuicide.org/AboutCSPS.html”the University of Rochester Medical Center /ain New York. An expert consultant to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, Caine is one of the nation’s foremost researchers in the field of suicide prevention and an expert on mental illness and suicide among the elderly. He talks with us today about male suicide, the use of antidepressants and suicide, and suicide prevention. br /br /Dr. Caine noted that many suicide victims–especially older men–have seen their physicians within a few weeks of killing themselves. But he says that most general practioners don’t ask the right questions: it’s not enough to ask how someone feels, because often the most depressed guy will usually say “fine.” They need to ask more pointed questions like “are you enjoying life as much as you used to? and “are you having fun?” The bottom line is, more education is needed about males and suicide in our culture as it is claiming the lives of around 24,000 men a year in the US out of 30,000 total suicides. What can be done about it? Listen to the podcast and find out.br /br /You can visit the Suicide Prevention Action Network at a href=”http://www.spanusa.org/”www.spanusa.org /afor more information on suicide or take a look at a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375401458?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0375401458″emNight Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0375401458″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / br /br /You can listen to the show directly — no downloading needed — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/12/14/the_glenn_and_helen_show_suici.php”going here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061214-Suicide.mp3″clicking right here,/a and you can subscribe via iTunes by a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″clicking here./a A lo-fi version suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. is available by going a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/12/14/the_glenn_and_helen_show_suici.php”here/a and selecting the lo-fi version.br /br /This podcast is brought to you by Volvo at a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”www.volvocars.us/a.
… which begins at sunset today, December 15. Normally, we at Pajamas like to celebrate with Adam Sandler’s rousing Hanukkah Song. But this year we couldn’t resist Kenny Ellis’ “Swingin’ Dreidel“…
Dr. Sanity’s a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/12/dr-sanitys-practical-guide-to.html”practical guide to victimhood/a. Sorry guys, you are not eligible–but then neither am I given that I wear the Scarlet R.
Bill Bradley on his PajamasXpress Blog New West Notes has the Draft Obama Video set to appear on New Hampshire televisions this weekend (same producers who made the Draft Wesley Clark video last time around – does that augur well?). Bill also reports on Nancy Pelosi’s new intell salvo and the surprisingly high turnout in last month’s California election.
Further on the Obama front – Slate’s Damned Spot has this video already likening Barack to Bond. Talk about peaking too soon!
Will the new boss be the same as the old boss? Claudia Rosett covers the swearing in of the new UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Good news: His French is worse that Annan’s. Bad news: The UN sings the same old song when serenading Annan off. (Get up to date HERE)
Ron Rosenbaum tries to report for the New York Observer on how the new English language al-Jazeera is covering the Iran Holocaust conference. Easy. Just call up their offices on K Street in Washington, D.C., right? Wrong. This ‘news’ operation’s phone numbers are unlisted. Not a great start for Dave Marsh, “al Jazeera’s English language news division. The former Nightline reporter has pledged to run a straight-up news operation.” Hint. Get a telephone. (Read the rest HERE @ PajamasXpress)