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Interview with Patricia Pearson at MND

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Men’s News Daily has an a href=”http://mensnewsdaily.com/2006/12/06/women-and-aggression-an-interview-with-patricia-pearson/”interesting interview /aon women and aggression with one of my favorite writers, Patricia Pearson, who wrote a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140243887?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0140243887″emWhen She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0140243887″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / (Thanks Bob H. for pointing the interview out). My favorite part of the interview was where Pearson described a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camille_Paglia”Camille Paglia /acalling her a bitch: br /br /blockquoteThe chemistry between us was intolerable, but I couldn’t end the meeting because I was on assignment, so she ended it by storming off, calling me “ a stupid b*tch” on her way across the Four Season’s creamy lobby carpet. Whereupon, a lady in a CARMEN MIRANDA HAT, which is to say a hat sporting fruit, who had been sitting across from us in the lobby, introduced herself as a family court judge (I am not making this up) and said that she “couldn’t help but overhear your conversation with Camille Paglia.”br /“Do you know what just happened?” she asked me, amused.br /“No,” I wailed, still feeling like I’d just been b*tch-slapped.br /The secret issue that had set us asunder, said the fruit-headed judge, was the fact that I had been chewing gum. “Are you aware that you were chewing gum? As a judge, I can tell you that body language is absolutely paramount in these kinds of conflicts, and chewing gum signals defiance.” Hilarious. I happened to have been quitting smoking at the time, and used gum like a critical limb, and had forgotten about it entirely. br /br /What do I think of Paglia as a social thinker? I can’t get past the fact that she’s an abusive maniac who can’t tolerate insolence, no matter how inadvertent./blockquotebr /br /Come to think of it, Ann Althousea href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2006/04/my-dinner-with-camille.html” also had a run-in with Paglia /a and was uninvited to a dinner for her because Professor Althouse dared to write a blog post that Paglia didn’t like and she was angry and hurt. Sounds like the lady could use some anger management tips. br /br /Anyway, the interview with Pearson is good, a href=”http://mensnewsdaily.com/2006/12/06/women-and-aggression-an-interview-with-patricia-pearson/”take a look/a.

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The Sanity Squad: Peacekeeper of the Antagonists

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

"It's a very sad day for US foreign policy" as John Bolton resigns from the UN. But what is the Sanity-minded listener to expect when "the whole confirmation process basically sucks." The Squad takes on the exponentially increasing irrelevance of a "failed organization" in this week's episode.

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Big Brother or Doctor?

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

New York City a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16051436/”bans trans fat /a in restaurants, who have until July of 2008 to comply. “Big Brother or Doctor?” asks a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16055826/”the poll at MSNBC/a. I say neither one sounds good.br /br /Update: The emWashington Post /em editors assume people a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/05/AR2006110500790.html”need doctors and Big Brother /a to tell them what to do (Hat Tip: a href=”http://soccerdad.baltiblogs.com/”Soccer Dad/a).

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Meninism

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

A new a href=”http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,20866939-5007146,00.html”movement is afoot /a(Thanks a href=”http://hotair.com/”Allah Pundit/a):br /br /blockquoteMENINISM is the catchcry of a movement of males who will storm the streets and burn their ties, rallying against the “all men are bastards” image that has an entire sex pigeonholed as violent, heartless and untrustworthy.br /br /This is according to a new study saying there is a competing interest to the feminist struggle for equality; men and boys are now the target of negative stereotypes. br /br /The research shows almost 70 per cent of social commentary on the male gender is unfavourable – portraying men as violent, sexually abusive, unable to be trusted with children, “deadbeat dads” and commitment-phobic. br /br /In the largest Australian study of its kind, Dr Jim Macnamara analysed more than 2000 media articles and programs and found men were mostly positioned as villains, aggressors, perverts or philanderers. br /br /Yes, well, any women’s magazine will tell you that. /blockquotebr /br /I am not sure American men are to the point where they will take to the streets and burn their ties…or are they?

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They Wrote It “For the Children”

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Historian: $252,000. Research: $91,000. Project coordinator: $91,000 Travel: $37,000. Office: $27,000 Publishing a simpering book praising the UN for the UN: Priceless.

Claudia Rosett reports on a sleazy deal between “Historian” Craig Murphy and the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) to blow off half a million on a book that nobody will read.

Assigning “editor?” Why Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown, of course.

Claudia Rosett has the facts and the links in The Rosett Report.

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Michael Ledeen on Talking Ourselves to Death:

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

They May be Crazy but They’re Not Stupid — “All this talk about talking to the Iranians and Syrians is just so much psychobabble, bringing to mind that wonderful scene from Goldfinger where James Bond is attached to a large gold sheet, and there’s a laser slicing through the gold, headed for his reproductive organs. ‘Do you expect me to talk?’ he yells. ‘No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die,’ Goldfinger replies. (Read it all @ Michael Ledeen’s Faster, Please )

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Men and Gift Giving 101

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

“If you want to know why men are skiddish about giving women presents, read this article,” my husband said as he dropped the ema href=”http://www.allure.com/magazine/issue/TOC_December”Allure magazine /a/emon the bed open to an article entitled, “Getting the Goods.” Okay, I know, I should quit harping on and paying attention to these women’s magazines, but seriously, what kind of trash is it to put an article in a magazine telling women how to “work the system” to get furs, jewels, and airplane tickets from the man in their life?br /br /I glanced at the article, thinking that maybe there was something redeeming there, you know, where the woman finally learned to accept her husband, boyfriend, etc. for who he was or was finally glad that her guy wanted to give her a gift of some type, but no such luck. Instead, I learned that if your guy gives you a gaudy necklace worth $1200.00, it is fair game to scream at him in the heat of an argument, “It’s obvious you don’t know a single thing about me if you give me something that hideous.” The guy gives the necklace to his mother, so you would think the woman would learn to be more tactful but no, the lesson from this anecdote, according to the magazine is, “Never let a man buy you jewelry, pick it out yourself.” There are some rules and crummy advice for women to follow to see that their man gets them the best of everything, regardless of what it does to their relationship: br /br /blockquote”Successful gift-getting also demands something deeper and more complicated than mere timing. A certainty about who you, the deserving recepient, are, and what you desire. A firmness of resolve. And–yes–even the ability to walk away from somethng (or someone) valuable. When an acquaintance was asked by her happy husband what she wanted as a gift after the birth of their daughter, she didn’t hesitate” ‘a pair of diamond baguettes to add to my engagement ring.’”/blockquotebr /br /The husband refuses and the woman says she wants nothing, but naturally later he coughs up the diamonds. “He should have known better than to challenge me,” this woman says, “because when he proposed, we were on the beach at night–and I didn’t want to say yes until I took the diamond ring into the light to check it out.” So much for the notion that women are “nurturing and caring.”br /br /And this poor sucker married her anyway? I guess he got what he deserved–but I wonder how much smouldering resentment this man must feel towards a woman who would use him in this way. Or maybe it’s a turn-on. Whatever, but I can’t help but feel that articles like this that are read by young women across the country are feeding a sense of entitlement in young women and harming, rather than helping equality and good relations between the sexes.

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Non-PC Holiday Conversation

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

The holidays are coming up and with them, of course, are the various Christmas and holiday parties that one is exposed to this time of year. Some of the parties are a lot of fun if you are with friends and neighbors etc. where you can be yourself (or at least know when not to be), but some are much more tense when you don’t know the people and have to introduce yourself and make conversation that won’t leave you feeling like a pariah. So, I was thrilled to see that a href=”http://www.allure.com/magazine/issue/TOC_December”emAllure/em magazine /a had some tips for party-goers on how to make conversation as well as an entrance to a party that will get you noticed. br /br /Okay, I doubt most of my blog readers really put getting noticed at a party as their highest priority; if you do, I refer you to the a href=”http://www.allure.com/magazine/issue/TOC_December”December issue /aof ememAllure/em/em. However, the tips in emAllure/em for how to be a good conversationalist were impressive. I read them, thinking I would hear about how not to hurt other people’s feelings, pretend one knows the current events of the day, and how to be socially acceptable but I was wrong. The advice for starting a party conversation was good and on target, especially for those of us who tend towards the politically incorrect and the socially awkward. br /br /a href=”http://www.allure.com/magazine/issue/TOC_December”emAllure/em /arounds up some of their most engaging partygoers and asks them for their talking points–I will share a few of the most salient with you:br /br /strongGet Personal/strong. “Feel free to be wildly interrogative and ask profound questions, Doonan suggests (Doonan is the author of emNasty: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints/em). For example, ‘Where do you want to be buried?’; How’s your relationship with your mother these days?’ Fellow guests will think you are insane, but the answers are never boring.” Another party expert says that people respond more to the strange and unusual than to the same old things. “The most memorable conversations are honest, when people do not mince words. I talk to the ballbusters, the Ethel Mermans.”br /br /strongPush Some Buttons/strong. “It’s a myth that you should avoid talking about sex and politics–especially in big cities like New York and Los Angeles,” Doonan says, “If you think George Bush or the Pope is hot, say so.” Ingrid Sischy, editor in chief of emInterview, /em feels the same way: “I wouldn’t advise bringing Hitler up very much,” she says, “But when you’re having a great conversastion with someone, you hit on everything, including taboo subjects.” br /br /strongDon’t Be Afraid to Admit Ignorance/strong. “If someone brings up Hezbollah, and you’re fairly clueless about it, just admit the truth. ‘Rather than bluffing to impress, be blunt about what you don’t know,’ Doonan says. ‘Even stars heed this advice: Someone once asked Jennifer Lopez if America should invade Afghanistan, and her answer was perfect: ‘I have no idea about politics…’”br /br /Now, if only Barbara Streisand and company would follow Lopez’s lead.br /br /Finally, the last bit of advice is probably the best:br /br /strongUse the Booze./strong “There is a reason people drink at dinners and cocktail parties–it all becomes much more interesting.”br /br /Anyone have any other advice to add to the list for how you survive holiday conversations without tears or boredom?

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Rosett On The Upside of Bolton’s Departure:

Monday, December 4th, 2006

“The big question now is whether President Bush will understand the lesson of sending Bolton to Turtle Bay, and recognize the folly of trying to work in good faith through the UN.” (Read the rest HERE)

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THE FAKING IMAMS — PJ Media Exclusive: Police Report, Passenger Reveals That Flying Imams Were Up to No Good

Monday, December 4th, 2006 - by Richard Miniter

The Now Notorious Flying Imams Claim Their Only Crime Was "Flying While Muslim," But Our Exclusive Reporting Reveals They Are Trying to Sweep Their Real Motives Under Their Prayer Rugs prayingimamsmall.jpg SEE ALSO: The first public publication of the official police report on the incident including handwritten statements from witnesses. Download file (PDF 11.8 Mb) AND The letter from US Airways passenger "Pauline" to U.S. Airways: Download file (PDF 68K)[Bloggers are invited to examine these documents and provide theories for what happened. Please notify PJ Media. -- Editors] By Richard Miniter, PJM Washington Editor The case of U.S. Airways flight 300 gets stranger by the minute. When six traveling Muslim clerics were asked to deplane last week, it looked like another civil rights controversy against post-9-11 airport security. Now new information is emerging that suggests it was all a stunt designed to weaken security....

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Would You Buy this Book?

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Hog on Ice a href=”http://www.hogonice.com/2006/11/oliver_willis_must_be_sore_today.html”has a good question /a about all the one-sided self-help advice out there:br /br /blockquoteHere is my question. Self-help experts tell us men need to change. Men need to be sensitive and submissive and put products in their hair and use moisturizer, because if we don’t, it makes women feel bad. Okay, it makes us feel bad when women yammer all day. So why aren’t the experts telling women to shut up?br /br /Here’s a thought. Maybe it’s because ninety percent of self-help customers are women. They pay idiots like Oprah and Dr. Phil to tell them they’re right about everything, and they get what they want. If I wrote a book called Keep Your Man by Shutting up Once in a While and Occasionally Putting Out When You Don’t Want Something, I’d be preaching a vital and timely message. But nobody would buy it./blockquotebr /br /Would you?

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Monday, December 4th, 2006

John Hawkins at Right Wing News has restarted Conservative Grapevine, a link blog dedicated to highlighting the best posts from around the right side of the blogosphere. a href=”http://www.conservativegrapevine.com/”Go take a look/a.

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How Venezuela Votes: A Podcast Backgrounder

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

"Six more years, six more years! Chavez, Chavez, six more years!" Fausta, of Faustasblog, interviews Daniel Duquenal of Venezuela News and Views for the details of the voting rituals of this key South American election. [UPDATE: Chavez won the election in a landslide.]

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Ledeen on The Test of the Torah:

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

“Passing this test-a test that Jews have been taking for millenia-obviously does wonders for genuine self esteem, not the phony sort that comes from pseudo tests and pseudo schools where learning has been dumbed down to ensure nobody fails.” (Faster Please)

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Victor Davis Hanson: War and More

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
  • Lost?: The “new communis opinio of despair.”

  • Leaders: “Do we have another Sherman, Patton, or Ridgeway?”
  • Language: “A good glimpse of the rapid devolution to a postmodern society.”
  • Literature: “I am not looking forward to next week’s book, a 1000+ page new account of the crusades (God’s War)…”

New now @ Victor Davis Hanson’s Works & Days at PajamasXPress.

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Ron Rosenbaum hardly ever watches…

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

… “the network nightly news these days, so many other options, so many stupid schlocky ‘tv magazine’ type features, too many denture cleaner ads.” But for Katie Couric, he’ll make an exception.

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Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

You can see on my sidebar that I decided to update my blog with a few new pictures that Glenn took in our podcast studio that we recently built in our basement. I am wearing red pajamas and sitting by some of a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives/027921.php”our new podcast equipment /a…..how lame is that? Am I just a a href=”http://eddriscoll.com/archives/007328.php”nerdy stereotype of a blogger/a? Oh, well, at least it is my basement and not my parents’.

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STAR WARS REDUX: Democrats to Gut Missile Defense / Bush to Announce “Orbital Battle Station”

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 - by Taylor Dinerman


Exclusive to PJ Media By Taylor Dinerman astarwarsreduxsm.jpg Democratic leaders are poised to gut America's missile defense - at the same time North Korea and Iran are testing long-range missiles that can strike the U.S. and its allies, including Israel, Japan and Britain. Meanwhile, sources inside the missile-defense community tell PJ Media that the Bush administration is planning to ask Congress to begin funding development of an "orbital battle station."

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Blog Week in Review, December 2, 2006: Information War

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

InformationWar.jpgThis week's panelists, PJM's Richard Fernandez and Glenn Reynolds, discuss one Jamil Hussein--an alleged Iraq Police Officer who was an Associated Press source regarding reportage which saw six Sunnis burned alive--and dissect the work done by bloggers like Flopping Aces, who questioned not only the veracity of the story but the very existence of Hussein. The panelists also discuss the NYPD shooting death of a black man on the night before his wedding, focusing on a $WSJ op-ed entitled "50 shots." Ed Driscoll produces and Austin Bay moderates. Brought to you by Volvo USA.

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Clueless PR

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

Wouldn’t it be nice if the clueless PR places that send out PR spam would at least take the time to read or at least look at the blogs they send this crap to? Here is a typical letter I get from “fans” who want to send me free stuff:br /br /blockquoteDear Dr. Helen,br / br /As a fan and avid reader, congratulations all around for the big victory this last election, definitely a team effort.br / br /And to spread the holiday cheer this season, I’d like to send you, on behalf of our publisher (a staunch Dem), comp. copies of our official 2007 George Bush Out of Office Countdown Calendar.br / br /It’s our bestselling contribution to the cause, and it’s flat hilarious; with a countdown to the glorious day when W gets the boot, and classic Bushisms on the dates he said them. Thought you might get a kick out of it. (www.sourcebooks.com)br / br /Whether you use them as a stocking stuffers or dartboards, thank you (and all the bloggers) for what you do. Again, I’d like to send you comp. copies for a gift, email me a shipping address and I can get them to you.br / br /Thanks,br /Tonybr / br /Tony Viardobr /Publicistbr /Sourcebooks, Inc.br /br /”Can’t stand the prez and his posse? Then look out for two new items in your local bookstore: The a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1402207905?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1402207905″2007 George W. Bush Out of Office Countdown wall calendar: Two Years and Counting/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1402207905″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1402209045?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1402209045″George W. Bush Out of Office Countdown Handbook: Hang in There, It’s Almost Over!,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1402209045″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /both filled with Dubya’s bloopers. Creator Deb Werksman says, ‘The experience of reading it is one of horror and hilarity at the same time…’ br /br / —U.S.News World Report, “Whispers,” August 14 issue /blockquotebr /br /My reply? “If you actually read my blog and were an ‘avid fan’ you would know that I would never want such a calendar.” As readers of my blog know, I just love “staunch” Democrats–yes, this blog just sings their praises all day. Right. Honestly, are PR people that damn lazy?

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Mullahs’ Worst Enemy Now Blogging on Pajamas

Friday, December 1st, 2006

PJM is proud to announce MICHAEL LEDEEN – Freedom Scholar of the American Enterprise Institute and the man responsible for, well, practically everything, if you believe some people – now has his own PajamasXpress blog called (what else?) “Faster, Please!” Although Michael is the author of well-known serious works on subjects ranging from Iran-Contra to Machiavelli and is currently writing a history of Naples, he has asked Pajamas to describe him as an “International Sex Symbol.” Michael, consider it done.

And check out … “Faster, Please!

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Pop Rock

Friday, December 1st, 2006

What can I say, I am a sucker for pop rock; over the years I have tried to keep this to myself because I have been made fun of for this “fetish” by everyone who I let in on my dirty little secret. In my personal and professional life, I have a love of the complex, offbeat and unusual, but when it comes to musical taste, my ear leans towards those songs with the most mass appeal and mainstream sound; I love boy bands, teenybopper singers and ballads. So you can imagine how happy I was when a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/2006/12/post_717.php”Columbia records sent Glenn and me some music CD’s/a to review, with the majority being pop music. I picked out a couple of CD’s to listen to while I surfed the internet and was fairly pleased with the choices I heard. I will tell you about two of the CD’s although I doubt either of the musicians would appreciate being called a “boy band” or teenybopper and neither one is–certainly not emFive for Fighting/em, who appeals to an adult audience.br /br /First up was emFive for Fighting/em’s CD, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G6BLFG?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B000G6BLFG”emTwo Lights,/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000G6BLFG” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / which I found to be an incredible combination of good lyrics, wonderful melodies and great vocals. Usually on any given CD, there will be a number of songs I will skip over, be bored by or plain not like, but with this album, each tune was remarkable and I noticed a war or soldier’s theme in a few of the songs. For instance, the first song of the album, “Freedom Never Cries” has some interesting lyrics: “I never loved the soldier until there was a war or thought about tomorrow ’til my baby hit the floor, I Only talk to God when somebody’s about to die, I Never cherished Freedom, Freedom never cries.” I wasn’t surprised to read ina href=”http://blogcritics.org/archives/2006/10/30/080940.php” an interview /a with John Ondrasik that “‘Two Lights’ was inspired by a conversation with a Vietnam vet and his son, who was going back to Iraq for his second tour. It illuminated to me the sacrifice families make for our way of life.” Ondraskik also stated that he spoke to many people when researching “Freedom Never Cries” including Tom Ridge, the Ex-Head of Homeland Security. Interestingly, emFive for Fighting’s /emsong a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman_%28It%27s_Not_Easy%29″Superman/a served somewhat as a theme song for America following the September 11, 2001 attacks.br /br /Next up, I listened to John Mayer’s a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H0MKGK?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B000H0MKGK”emContinuum/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000H0MKGK” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / which starts out with the popular song, “Waiting on the World to Change.” I loved the tune which is catchey, straightforward and simple; I hear it often on the radio and like it fairly well. Not sure if I like the a href=”http://www.moron.nl/lyrics.php?id=83928artist=John%20Mayer”lyrics much /a but heck, most songs, like most art, I just invent my own interpretation of what I think it means to me–regardless of what the artist wants me to come away with. There are other good songs in emContinuum/em including “Stop this Train” that deals with growing into adulthood. “So scared of growing getting older, I’m only good at being young, So I play a numbers game, To find a way to say that life has just begun.” I think all of us can identify at some level with the speeding train of life but Mayer’s lyrics and amazing vocals can help the journey. Other songs like “Bold as Love” and “Belief” are just fun because they include some really great guitar playing. I was surprised to see that like me, Mayer has had a problem with cardiac arrythimias and subsequent panic attacks. I guess that’s where he gets the introspection.br /br /Well, that is some of the music I am listening to these days and enjoying. I hope my readers are not too put off by the fact that I like pop music and will still respect me in the morning.

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