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Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

a href=”http://chronicle.com/temp/reprint.php?id=ncqzp5rrrqg0wvq9x221nnnrv3z9mbw9″How Academe Shortchanges Conservative Thinking /a(Hat tip: a href=”http://www.alicublog.blogspot.com/2006_12_10_alicublog_archive.html#116603113555248501″Alicu blog/a).

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Pajamas in the Holy Land

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Several PJ Media bloggers and editors (Fernandez, Poller, Totten, Sommer, Solomon and Weiss) will be panelists at a conference in Herzliya, Israel, December 17-18. 2006: Media as Theater of War, the Blogosphere, and the Global Battle for Civil Society. Host: Richard Landes. The event, at the Daniel Hotel, is open to the public but it is requested you RSVP in advance.

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

There is a lot of controversy in the news about whether or not antidepressant drugs cause suicide. But what happens when depressed or disturbed people do not take these drugs? Maybe a href=”http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20061207.wxdead7/BNStory/National/home”something like this/a (Hat tip to reader Susan):br /br /blockquoteTORONTO — Andrea Johnson had long battled the “monster” of depression, but in the end decided not to take prescribed antidepressants out of fear that her breast milk would harm her 2½-year-old son, her family said yesterday. br /br /The sister of the 30-year-old who leaped from a Highway 401 overpass early Sunday evening, ending her son’s life and her own, said Ms. Johnson made that fateful decision based on two fears: appearing crazy, and hurting her son, Sulla, who was still being breastfed. /blockquotebr /br /Would antidepressant drugs and psychotherapy have helped? Maybe, and the outcome certainly would have had to be better than the alternative. But my real question here is, “why was this woman still breast feeding a two-and-a half year old?”

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Rockin’ Woolsey – the stylings of the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

James Woolsey is a brainy fellow known for his strong stands in favor of energy independence and (lately) against the Iraq Study Group report. But who knew the former DCI could get down and rock? Here he is with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. They were performing at a dinner held by the American Jewish Congress. The organization was giving Woolsey its Jerusalem Award, not the Grammy. [Exclusive PJ Media Video.]

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The Sanity Squad: Iran & Annan

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Iran’s “Holocaust” Seminars: “One of the great tragedies of the Arab world… is this world they’ve created for themselves. Imagine an entire life lived as a psychotic episode.”

Kofi Annan: “This chief clown of the United Nations has probably been one of the most corrupt, hypocritical, pathological and dysfunctional world leaders that has ever been lionized by the left.”

Sanity Squad 18 Iran and Annan

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The Scarlet R

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

I saw at a href=”http://www.rightwingnews.com/”Right Wing News /athat Tom Delay has a new blog, which of course, brought out the trolls in droves. I often get tired of a href=”http://www.rightwingnews.com/archives/week_2006_12_10.PHP#006968″seeing trashy behavior /alike that exhibited by the commenters like those on display at Delay’s blog. John Hawkins a href=”http://www.rightwingnews.com/archives/week_2006_12_10.PHP#006968″gave a few examples /aof what liberals behave like when they think they can get away with it:br /br /”Oh, by the way I mostly put the blame on your corrupted, twisted,criminal, phycotic,evil existance on your PARENTS who bought your no-good *ss into this world.” — Unregistered Commenter Bill Davisbr /br /”Did I mention that you are a f*cking moron?” –Unregistered Commenter john wbr /br /”rot in hell b*ch!” — Unregistered Commenter mikebr /br /Here is Tom Delay’s reply to John Hawkins for why he started his blog:br /br /blockquoteI think conservatives have to compete in every media that’s out there. There are some good conservative blogs, yours included, that are very good and helpful. But, there are not enough of them. We are sorely outnumbered by the left in the blogosphere and I think we’ve got to compete and I’m trying to be a role model for leadership around the country. They ought to be involved. They ought to have a blog so they can be more personable in communicating our philosophy to the American people. This medium allows us to bypass the liberal media and make a more direct appeal and we ought to be using it. We ought to be involved in movies, we ought to be involved in documentaries, we shouldn’t just (let the left have those mediums to themselves). Any time the New York Times writes something outrageous, all of us ought to jump on it and chastise them for it. The left does that to us and if you look at the comments made on my blog in less than 24 hours, they’re going to try to shut me down by attacking me. When was the last time the Republicans or conservatives attacked the left for their outrageous comments or outrageous activities? We don’t attack. It’s time to start attacking and be aggressive about what you believe and fighting for your beliefs./blockquotebr /br /Professor Althouse a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2006/12/tom-delay-talks-about-his-new-blog.html”disagrees with Delay /aand thinks we need to expose the lack of character, intelligence and substance of the lefty commenters:br /br /”Hmmm…. I thought he was going to say that those nasty lefty comments show a lack of character, brainpower, and substance, but he ended up saying the righties should go on the attack. Yeah, more nastiness, that’s what we need.” br /br /Sadly, I used to agree with views like Althouse’s but I am beginning to see that while it is admirable to hold facts and substance above attacking one’s opponents views, it doesn’t work. The average American may say they hate political sparring and nastiness, but when they go to the voting booth, they don’t practice what they preach. It affects them and the decisions they make in the electoral process. For example, in Tennessee, we apparently a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_United_States_Senate_election,_2006″had one of the nastiest Senate battles /aaround. Polls showed people did not like the nasty attacks and ads but who did they vote for? The guy who they emperceived/em to have the nastiest attacks on the other candidate. br /br /Many times, people mistakenly call me a Republican although I am a right-leaning libertarian. Apparently, labeling one as a Republican gives ammunition to call one sexist, evil, mean spirited or a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2005/11/about-me.html#115393150554508546″just plain scum/a. How many times do you hear someone apologizing for having right leaning views — “Oh, no, I am not really a Republican, I have other views etc.” My question is, what if one emis/em a Republican or right leaning. So what? Is that a crime? Are those who are Republicans afraid to speak their views at universities, in academic settings, in the media etc. for fear of being labled something vile? Maybe speaking up and not slinking around in shame would be a better strategy. Maybe taking a strong stand in the media, in universities and with the American people about their views would help people to understand and see them as more normal, not as an aberration–the “conservative” view. Maybe it would just be a view like everyone elses. br /img src=”http://instapundit.com/images/helenscarlet.jpg” align=rightbr /It seems like those with views other than liberal must wear the Scarlet R. Well, I will not hide any longer. If people want to call me a Republican, I will wear the label with pride with the R proudly displayed on my forehead whether it really fits or not, just to show my solidarity with those who are oppressed by such labels. Maybe you should too.br /br /strongUpdate:/strong a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2006/12/oppressed-by-label-republican.html”Professor Althouse /aweighs in–and check out the comments to her post, a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2006/12/oppressed-by-label-republican.html#116601987916971517″some /aare very insightful.

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Who Says Boys Don’t Like to Read and Write?

Monday, December 11th, 2006

a href=”http://voxday.blogspot.com/”Vox Day,/a the Christian libertarian a href=”http://www.kandbbooksellers.com/”writer/a and blogger sent me a copy today of his son Christopher’s new book, “This and Last Season’s Excursions.” It is an imaginative children’s book that shares some wonderful adventures of a boy and his animals. What is most amazing is that Christopher a href=”http://shop.aultbeapublishing.com/products/this-and-last-seasons-excursions”wrote this book /alast year when he was six years and four months old. He may possibly be the youngest male author but this has not been verified yet. Anyway, go by and check out a href=”http://www.cbeale.com/”Christopher’s website /athat tells more about the book and about Christopher. I think more boys would enjoy reading and writing if they were encouraged to read and write about things that held their interest, as opposed to what librarians and teachers give them on a reading list. Christopher is homeschooled; I wonder if boys who are homeschooled enjoy reading more than those who go to public schools?

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IRAN HUNTS U238 IN SOMALIA

Monday, December 11th, 2006

New UN report reveals uranium prospecting by Iran, al-Qaeda presence, and a savvy foe. By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross A PJM Exclusive. Iran is secretly searching for uranium in war-torn Somalia, according to a confidential United Nations report obtained by PJ Media. The report, which has yet to be made public, is available here at Pajamas. Download file / PDF 2 Megabytes The report notes that two Iranians were "engaged on matters linked to the exploration of Uranium in exchange for arms" in Dusamareb, Somalia. The arms would be given to the Islamic Courts Union (the ICU), a Taliban-like movement that controls much of Somalia.

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The Glenn and Helen Show: Questions and Answers

Monday, December 11th, 2006

In this episode, Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith take listeners’ questions and answer them — including a few that were emailed in audio form, making it a sort of call-in show. Tune in and learn!

The Glenn and Helen Show: Questions and Answers

Brought to you by Volvo USA.

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Question and Answer Podcast

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Today Glenn and I talk and answer our readers and listeners questions about politics, personal matters, blogging, the a href=”http://www.rider.edu/~suler/psycyber/disinhibit.html”online disinhibition effect /a (i.e. why people feel free to rip into emyou/em on the internet) and more. How did Glenn and I meet? Did blogger Ann Althouse encounter disinhibition effect from another blogger or was it just plain old passive-aggressive behavior? Why am I interested in men’s issues? What kind of vanity plate does Glenn want for his car? Intrigued or just disgusted by these questions? Either way, join us for the discussion.br /br /You can listen to the podcast directly a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061210-QandA.mp3″here/a or for dial-up users, you can listen a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061210-QandA-lofi.mp3″here./a Stream it from your browser — no downloading needed — a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/12/10/the_glenn_and_helen_show_quest.php”here./a You can listen to our a href=”http://instapundit.com/podcasts.php”previous podcasts here/a.br /br /This podcast was sponsored by Volvo at a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”volvocars.us/a.

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PAJAMASXPRESS EXCLUSIVE BLOGGERS

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Bill Bradley @ New West Notes: “Why Jane Harman was the best choice for House Intel Chair.”

Victor Davis Hanson @ Works & Days: “The wonderful thing about farming is this need to endure when events go awry, both due to carelessness and to conditions “beyond our control’.”

Michael Ledeen @ Faster Please: “As the Associated Press fights for the cherished position of this generation’s version of The Goon Show….”

Richard Miniter: Dear President Carter,“Does the fact that Palestinian gunmen used pages torn from 900-year old bibles as toilet paper, when they invaded the Church of the Nativity, not give you any pause?”

Claudia Rosett @ The Rosett Report: “The day will come when we will re-read Santorum’s words, and wish our leaders had listened.”

Ron Rosenbaum: “Shouldn’t every single United Way official involved be kicked to the curb for ignorance and incompetence?”

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Coffee with Richard Perle: Iraq as a Do-Over? Liberation, Yes. Occupation, No

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Richard Perle makes an excellent espresso for PJM Washington Editor Richard Miniter at his home. Perle: “The seminal mistake was getting into an occupation… We sent in 8,000 Americans to administer Iraq like you’d administer Montgomery county…. It was an absurd transplantation, and the body of Iraq rejected it.” (For comment discussion go here.)

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Do Antipsychotic Drugs Control People?

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

“Antipsychotic drugs do not override personal choice, intentionality, or ‘control’ the people who receive them. On the contrary, abundant evidence suggests otherwise.” So a href=”http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=949229″says research done by Yale University School /aof Medicine Psychiatry Working Paper Series. This is a fascinating paper written by Steven K. Erickson, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. at Yale University and his colleagues that takes a look at the legal fallacies of antipsychotic drugs. a href=”http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=949229″Take a look/a.

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The Case of the Radioactive Russian

Saturday, December 9th, 2006


"When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth." -- Sherlock Holmes He began as a Russian, was poisoned with polonium 210, and died an expatriate Russian spy in London. He converted to Islam shortly before his death. He was buried this week in a sealed and radiation-proof coffin. And it would seem now that that is only the beginning of his story. Confused and mystified by the ever more baroque tale of the killing of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian spy? Except for perhaps a dozen people on Earth, who isn't? PJM has been covering this 'crime without borders' since news of it first broke. Here's a compilation of the items we found to be significant. Not the truth, not yet -- perhaps not ever -- but significant.

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The Very French Rise of Ségolène Royal, La Belle Dragon: The Next President of France?

Friday, December 8th, 2006

by Nidra Poller, PJM's Paris Editor Paris December 8 2006

"Flanked by light pink panels with C'est elle (she's the one) in a deeper pink. Her campaign for the Socialist party nomination was played on a glossy surface, featuring her oval face surrounded by a corolla of photographers."
Ségolène Royal's rise to power on a swish and a smile has been spotlighted in some quarters of English-language media--the NY Times for example--charmed by her charm, impressed by her gender and, perhaps, relieved to have something good to say about a French person. Now her transatlantic admirers are treating her Middle East grand tour fiasco with benevolent disinterest.

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“Somebody Needs to Tell Bush That He’s Not Alone.”

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Pamela of Atlas Shrugs wraps up a week that wasn’t. “Baker. Who died and made him king?” Be sure to stay for a soul-stirring rendition of “Kumbaya” at the end.

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Blog Week in Review, December 8, 2006: Conjuring Democracy

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Panelists Tammy Bruce and Glenn Reynolds discuss–what else–the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group. Neither finds the report encouraging.

Also discussed is whether America remains the most optimal place to do business.

Finally, the panelists, along with regular host and moderator Austin Bay, predict the upcoming week’s top stories.

Ed Driscoll produces.

Brought to you by Volvo USA.

Blog Week in Review, December 8, 2006: Conjuring Democracy

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Ask Glenn and Helen:

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith are taking questions from readers for the next Glenn and Helen Show. You still have one day to send them. (Instapundit)

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Days of Infamy, Yesterday and Today

Thursday, December 7th, 2006 - by Victor Davis Hanson

by Victor Davis Hanson @ Works and Days

When the Democrats allege incompetence because we are not yet victorious, they forget we have lost 50 soldiers a month since September 11, not 8,000 as was true of every month during World War II. And it is much easier to carpet bomb Tokyo, as horrendously difficult as that was, than to go into Fallujah and sort out the terrorists from the “innocent” under the glare of a hostile globalized media, and a disunited American public, some of whom believe that Cindy Sheehan or Michael Moore should be consulted for their superior wisdom….(Read the rest HERE at PajamasXpress)

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Request for Questions

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/2006/12/post_836.php”Glenn/a and I are doing a question and answer podcast where our readers can submit questions to be answered by either one of us or both in an upcoming podcast. We typically have interesting guests and experts a href=”http://instapundit.com/podcasts.php”on our show /aand let them do the talking–it’s probably better that way. However, this time around, we will do the talking and answer questions you have about blogging, podcasting, advice, politics, law, psychology or just general ones that I have not mentioned. We will choose some of the questions to answer and will post the podcast with the final questions. Remember, the answers we give may be humiliating, humorous, unserious or just plain non-PC so only submit if you feel this is something you can tolerate. Please, only real questions, no trolling. You can post the question below or email me at violentkids@hotmail.com. Thanks.br /br /Update: Thanks for the questions–both the polite ones and the snide as they will make for interesting commentary. strongQuestions are closed /strongfor this thread.

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SPECIAL TO PJM: Iran Supreme Leader Hospitalized. Condition Grave.

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006


Ayatollah's health fails as Iran power struggle grows by Michael Ledeen Three days ago, Iran's dictator, Supreme Leader Ayatollah ali Khamenei, was rushed to the vast medical facility traditionally known as "Vanak" hospital (it now has an Arabic name that means "the 12th Imam Hospital"), a 1,200-room facility that saves half of its beds for the leadership. Khamenei is known to be suffering from cancer, and taking considerable quantities of an opium-based pain killer. He has lost more than 17 pounds in the past ten months, and was told last spring that he was unlikely to see another New Year (In the Iranian calendar, the New Year begins at the end of March).

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The Blogger Press Conference with the ISG:

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

The Iraq Study Group engaged the services of the Edelman public relations firm to organize a press converence between ISG members William Perry and Alan Simpson and selected bloggers. Here's what happened.

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New Internet Video

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Stuart Browning of emOn the Fence Films /emhas a href=”http://www.onthefencefilms.com/video/brainsurgery.html”a short internet video /aentitled, “A Short Course in Brain Surgery,” on the problems with Canadian Healthcare. If you wonder what a single payer system might look like, take a look at the video.

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The Baker Report: Speak Loudly and Carry a Small Stick

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Analysis by Richard Fernandez, PJM Sydney Editor and author of The Belmont Club. The Iraqi Study Group report is out. Here are a few first reactions to the study and its recommendations. First, the principal utility of this report is its succinct description of the internal and external players in Iraq and an outline of their respective goals, many of which are malevolent. As a guide to the game the ISG Report is first rate. However, the study recommendations are extremely disappointing.

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Are the Police and Courts Just a Substitute for Dads and/or Discipline?

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

A reader sent me an article today about a mother who turned her son in to the police for opening a Christmas gift early. I was a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16064380/GT1=8816″surprised that the story /a was such a big deal that the Associated Press picked it up. To me, it seems mundane. Afterall, I have worked in places where parents drop the kids off at juvenile detention if they come in late from a date. Why do parents call the police and/or contact the authorities instead of using discipline? Because no one else will do the job of teaching the kids consequences. For example, in the case of the mother with the Christmas gift-grabbing boy, she states:br /br /”My grandmother went out of her way to lay away a toy and paid on this thing for months,” said the boy’s mother, Brandi Ervin. “It was only to teach my son a lesson. He’s been going through life doing things … and getting away with it.”br /br /My question isn’t, “why would a mother call the cops on her own son for such a petty “crime” but rather, “why is her son going through life getting away with things such as the time he a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16064380/GT1=8816″ took a swing at a police officer /a at school?” Maybe the woman in the story is a single mother with no one to help her with her son, maybe there is a father but he is afraid to discipline for fear of being hauled himself to court for child abuse, or maybe the community does not see fit to dole out consequences to kids who push the limits–except to expel them from school to get rid of the problem. Whatever the reason, expect the police and courts to continue being the disciplinarians for our kids, given that consequences for one’s behavior is out of fashion.br /br /Update: Joanne Jacobs ona href=”http://www.volokh.com/posts/1165444436.shtml” Parenting by Police /a at the Volokh Conspiracy.

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