“I just don’t understand Peyton Manning. What’s up with this dude in big games?” (Ron Rosenbaum)
Jules Crittenden takes a look at the War in Iraq, the President and real American public opinion and comes to a surprisingly optimistic conclusion. (Other Crittenden opinion pieces for PJM here and here.)
Some a href=”http://proteinwisdom.com/index.php?/weblog/entry/22239/”hopeful news/a for duped dads (thanks to the reader who emailed me this post).
Pioneering forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass is the inventor of the University of Tennessee “body farm,” made famous by Patricia Cornwell’s %%AMAZON=0425201449 bestselling novel%% of the same name. Bass is also, with Jon Jefferson, a bestselling author in his own right under the name Jefferson Bass. Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith talk with them about forensic anthropology, their new novel %%AMAZON=0060759836 Flesh and Bone%%, what CSI gets wrong, and how to have fun in Chattanooga’s gay bars.
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The Glenn and Helen Show: I See Dead People
a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060759836?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlink_code=as3camp=211189creative=373489creativeASIN=0060759836″img alt=”basscov.jpg” src=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/images/basscov.jpg” border=0 align=right width=”106″ height=”160″ //aToday, we are talking in our studio with a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_M._Bass”Dr. Bill Bass/a, a renowned forensic anthropologist here in Knoxville and a href=”http://www.jeffersonbass.com/”Jon Jefferson/a, a documentary filmmaker and writer who are the authors of one of my favorite books, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0425198324?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0425198324″Death’s Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0425198324″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / The book tells the amazing story of how Dr. Bass came to found the Body Farm, where he and his colleagues have solved a number of murder mysteries with the use of forensic anthropology. Bass’s body farm became famous after mystery writer Patricia Cornwell wrote her best-selling book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0425201449?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0425201449″emThe Body Farm,/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0425201449″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;”/based on his research facility. br /br /Jefferson Bass, as the team are referred to, now have a couple of novels, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006075981X?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=006075981X”Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=006075981X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060759836?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0060759836″Flesh and Bone: A Body Farm Novel,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0060759836″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /that are intriguing case histories based on Dr. Bass’s work. br /br /We also hear about a href=”http://www.tennessee.edu/news/article.php?id=3968″Bass’s latest case/a–finding out how J. P. Richardson, better know as ” a href=”http://www.officialbigbopper.com/i_thestories.htm”The Big Bopper/a” really died in the famous plane crash of 1959. Do you have an interest in forensic science and how it really solves murders? Hint: it’s not like what you see on emCSI./em br /br /You can listen directly — no downloading required — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/01/30/the_glenn_and_helen_show_heari.php”going here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file directly by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20070131-jeffersonbass.mp3″clicking right here./a You can get a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc., by going a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/01/30/the_glenn_and_helen_show_heari.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 Check for new episodes and catch up on old ones by visiting our show archives at a href=”http://www.glennandhelenshow.com”GlennandHelenShow.com./abr /br /This podcast is brought to you by Volvo automobiles at a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”Volvocars.us./a
John and Teresa at Davos: Let's bash! Multi-culturalism has met the Holocaust. [LISTEN HERE]
An a href=”http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2007_01_28-2007_02_03.shtml#1170135133″example of the media reaction /ato women for standing up for men who have been unjustly treated by the media, the law, and their University.
(Left) In France a tent is not a home but it is a start. (Right) When is a French "ex-companion" a "companion?" PJ Media's Paris Editor Keeps Track of the Always Sinking Bottom Line in French Politics by Nidra Poller -- Paris 29 January 2007
Forensic psychologist Stephen K. Erickson has a href=”http://www.crimeandconsequences.com/2007/01/supermaxing_the_brain.html”an interesting post up/a at the Crime Consequences blog regarding a href=”http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1582304-1,00.html”a emTime/em article/a describing the “mistreatment” of violent criminals in Supermax facilities. Dr. Erickson disagrees that supermax prisons are causing madness:br /br /blockquoteProfessor Berman over at Sentencing Law and Policy a href=”http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2007/01/the_case_again_.html”has this post/a on this week’s Time magazine’s feature article on supermax prisons. Professor Berman quotes the Time piece:/blockquotebr /br /”Modern science has confirmed this, with electroencephalograms showing that after a few days in solitary, prisoners’ brain waves shift toward a pattern characteristic of stupor and delirium. When sensory deprivation is added … the breakdown is even worse.”br /br /blockquoteWhat is notable here is that, once again, the popular press and even legal scholars misunderstand how to interpret neuroscience results. There are likely many times during the day when everyone’s brain waves would show a pattern of stupor and delirium. EEG’s reveal brain activity, but they cannot be used exclusively to diagnose. The implication in the Time piece is that supermax prisons are so horrendous that inmates invariably descend into madness. Time proffer’s of the EEG data seems to solidify this conclusion with the certainty of science. Yet, EEG waves “characteristic” of stupor should be accorded little weight as evidence of this claim. Brain waves similar to stupor can appear frequently during “normal life” outside of prison.” /blockquotebr /br /Dr. Erickson points out that supermax prisons do not eliminate sight, sound, and tactile stimulation. The emTimes/em article seems to imply that they do and goes on to suggest that natural lighting, a radio, and TV be put in the supermax cells to ward off madness; what will emTime/em suggest next: that supermax prisons provide violent criminals with a teddy bear and a big hug? You think I’m joking? Just wait, it’s just a matter of time.
The second week of the PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL has officially begun. 19,539 votes were cast in the first week. You can now vote in the second week in both parties. HAVEN'T VOTED YET? Go to the voting booth at the center of the PJ Media Front Page. First week results: Democrats Barack Obama 23.9%, Bill Richardson 21.8%, Dennis Kucinich 10.7%, Hillary Clinton 10.4%, John Edwards 9.2%, Al Gore 7.6%, Joe Biden 6.4%, Christopher Dodd 4.6%, Tom Vilsack 3.9%, John Kerry 1.6% Republicans Mitt Romney 26.2%, Rudy Giuliani 25.8%, Newt Gingrich 24.6%, Tom Tancredo 6.4%, John McCain 5.1%, Chuck Hagel 4.1%, Duncan Hunter 3.0%, Sam Brownback 2.1%, Mike Huckabee 1.4%, Jim Gilmore 0.6%, Mark Sanford 0.4%, George Pataki 0.4% Added on the Republican side for the second week are Ron Paul and Fred Thompson. John Kerry, who took himself out of the race, has been removed from the Democratic side.
“First of all, I’m not a hundred per cent in love with the tone of this article.
Maybe next time you should do a little research.”
Read all about it at Ron Rosenbaum’s.
a href=”http://drwes.blogspot.com/2007/01/dragging-my-heels-in-healthcare.html”Dr. Wes has thoughts /aon why doctors are dragging their heels about using information technology in healthcare:br /br /blockquote”Intel’s Chairman Craig Barrett thinks I’ve been dragging my heels about using information technology in healthcare.br /br /Hmmmm. Dragging my feet over something that represents hours of unpaid labor and exposure to litigation… What could I be thinking?”/blockquotebr /br /Like Dr. Wes, I often have to wonder at some of the things people expect health service providers to do–often for free and with added exposure to liability. I often get requests for evaluations that carry very high liability risk such as violent risk assessments or child custody evaluations. The funny thing is, many times, the client, whoever that may be, balks at the idea that they cannot use their insurance for this type of forensic exam, or that if they have to pay out of pocket, the fee is not just a few bucks. Apparently, my time and exposure to liability means little–people think health service providers are a public commodity, to be used as cheap labor or thrown to the wolves if a patient is harmed in any way–either psychologically or medically because the doctor is overwhelmed with paperwork, patients and out-of-office monitoring. If out-of-office health technology is going to succeed, the liability issues and payment compensation for doctors needs to be worked out in a reasonable way.
Keffiyeh chic: Howard makes a fashion statement PJM special correspondent Joel Mowbray tells how an American company was selling that symbol of terrorism as a trendy fashion statement and what Allyson Rowen Taylor of Stand With Us did about it.
January 26, 2007
Eric Umansky and Glenn Reynolds exchange views on the “shake out” in Web 2.0 start-ups and President Bush’s State of the Union Speech. Are Google and Yahoo gobbling up the Web? Find out. Austin Bay hosts and asks the questions. Ed Driscoll produces. Eric and Austin also discuss the benefits of civilian universal national service.
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Web 2.0 Shakeout
Philippiine troops on patrol in Basilan It's a war where the terrorists outgun the cops; where the money funding the bombs and the kidnapping flows in from Arab countries a world away. To many, the terrorist war is a sideshow, but to those fighting it in the Philippines, it is the main event. This is Part 2 of Islands in the War. [READ PART 1] by Richard Fernandez, PJM Sydney Editor on Special Assignment in the Philippines.
Think the Republicans of California Support the Bush Administration's Environmental Policies? Think Again.
An injured man walks out from a hospital after receiving treatment in Baghdad, January 25 by Mohammed Fadhil , PJM Editor and Special Correspondent, Baghdad The sound of gunfire, off in the distance, I'm getting used to it now" -- Talking Heads, Life During Wartime In Baghdad when it is suddenly quiet around you for any length of time you can expect someone nearby to turn to you and say suspiciously, "Isn't it quiet outside?"
I was a href=”http://blogs.webmd.com/sexual-health-sex-matters/2006/09/top-10-reasons-men-dont-want-sex.html”reading a post over at WebMD /aon why men don’t want sex. The expert gave a number of reasons for the lack of interest–medications, turn-off to aspects of the sex, hormones etc. that all sounded reasonable but I was struck by some of the anger, frustration and downright despair of the male commenters writing in about their lack of desire: br /br /blockquoteMy personal reasons for not wanting sex is disappointment, the word NO, rejection, lack of desire by wife, total indifference. I have heard every excuse heard by man. When the efforts by my spouse are a basically get it over with, you can hardly expect me to get overly excited. Since she consideres sex a chore – just let her read and book and fall asleep./blockquotebr /br /Here is another one: br /br /blockquoteAfter 30 years of marriage and great sex. Prostate surgery ended our sex life.Viagra was tried and it worked well. We had sex for several months when I was given the ok for sex. Sex became less and less, when I asked what was wrong she said “well we had great sex for all these years, had our children and I no longer feel the need for sex”/blockquotebr /br /And from another frustrated male: br /br /blockquoteLadies, please consider that this is not an article about your wants. It is just a statement of fact about what causes men to not want sex. br /br /I’m a 27 year old guy, if it was up to me I’d be having sex 10 times a week. However, one of the things that occasionally makes me less interested in sex is that I have to do all the work to make my girl cum and to make myself cum as well. It’s all well and good for her to want it, what about wanting to get me off?br /br /FYI, guys jerk off. Get over it. It’s not about you. Amazingly, sometimes I just want to cum. I can do it in two minutes by myself instead of the 45+ minutes with my partner (because I want to make sure she enjoys it). Of course, I’d prefer if she’d offer me a hand as long as I don’t then have to return the favour.br /br /Some of you may benefit by taking up some of the workload and offering the occasional handjob/blowjob without expecting anything in return. When my girl does that it sparks up my sexual appetite immensely./blockquotebr /br /After reading this, I traveled over to the “a href=”http://blogs.webmd.com/sexual-health-sex-matters/2006/07/top-10-reasons-women-dont-want-sex.html”Why Women Don’t Want Sex/a” post and saw 463 comments–some from angry women who had not been helped around the house enough to have sex with their husbands: br /br /blockquoteAs a 28 year old woman, with the same man for 13 years and 3 kids, have a little insight on why women lose interest in sex…It gets beyond boring for us thats why. It becomes a repetitive chore, akin to washing dishes. And even though my man works, when he doesnt want to help me clean or care for the kids, why would I want to spend energy I dont have doing something that is going to feel exactly the way it did last time. Theres no passion, no excitement, nothing. Sex feels like being poked and prodded like your some cow. Is boring, repetitive, and dont you men realize, that girls still just wanna have fun?!!! Pay for us to have a makeover, then buy yourself something nice and please, brush your teeth..Then maybe we would want it too./blockquotebr /br /A number of the men had responses like this:br /br /blockquoteAs a 45 year old male in a 6 year sexless marriage let me tell you, a lot of the reasons given here are just Bull.br /br /Many, not all but many, of us men, help around the house, help with the chores, take our time making love, and still we are denied sex. We are loving attentive men who help in any way possible and do all we are asked, and still, we are denied relations with the women we love, and with women who profess to love us?/blockquotebr /br /So what did I learn from spending the last hour reading comments from women and men about sex? That I need to go to work earlier and stop spending so much time on the intenet? Perhaps–or maybe I learned that instead of seeking solutions to what bothers their mates, many women (and some of the men) spend their time wondering why their own needs are not being met–and that is no way to fix a broken sex life.br /br /Update: A a href=”http://mensnewsdaily.com/2007/01/27/why-men-and-women-dont-want-sex/”emMen’s News Daily /emcommenter /ato this post writes the following: br /br /”Never forget: the single most revolting image, the nightmare that haunts women, is that of the happy, grinning, sexually satisfied male. They really hate that and the sooner we adjust our social expectation to that fact, the better.” Truer words were never spoken–I think that emsome/em women really do feel this way.br /br /Update II: Some interesting thoughts froma href=”http://www.theothersideofkim.com/index.php/tos/single/10180/” Kim du Toit /aand a href=”http://www.mrsdutoit.com/ee/index.php?/main/single/2760/”Mrs. du Toit /aon men, women and sex.
I noticed that my Technorati ranking and links had increased over the past week and saw that I had been linked by a blog I have never heard of, a href=”http://tinobuntic.blogspot.com/2007/01/2000-bloggers.html”who is showcasing /athe pictures of 2000 bloggers. I am on the left side bar–eleven rows down–next toa href=”http://www.neo-neocon.blogspot.com/” Neo-neocon /aholding her apple. Okay, it’s a neat idea but the purpose of showcasing 2000 bloggers and their mugshots appears to be to get as many links back from these 2000 blogs as possible–and obviously, it works. If you have your own blog and a picture of yourself on your blog as well, a href=”http://tinobuntic.blogspot.com/2007/01/2000-bloggers.html”you can ask /ato be added to the list.
The long war between Manila and the Muslim Moros in the Philippines is fought in the shadows; a deadly mirror image of the terrorist wars in the Middle East. The difference is that the search for a solution has been going on for more than a hundred years. [First of two parts.] by Richard Fernandez, PJM Sydney Editor on Special Assignment in the Philippines.
by Mohammed Fadhil , PJM Editor and Special Correspondent, Baghdad Apache attack helicopters are constantly hovering over Baghdad now. Tracking them from my home in this city I can often estimate where the action is taking place.
Ina href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2007/01/cathy-young-reflects-on-her-fruitful-6.html” a prior post/a, commenter titurator veritatis mentioned this a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=430702in_page_id=1770in_page_id=1770expand”emDaily Mail /emarticle /aon “Erin Pizzey, founder of the battered wives’ refuge, on how militant feminists – with the collusion of Labour’s leading women – hijacked her cause and used it to try to demonise all men.” br /br /blockquoteMen can be accused of violence towards their partners and sexual abuse without evidence. Courts discriminate against fathers and refuse to allow them access to their children on the whims of vicious partners. br /br /Of course, there are dangerous men who manipulate the court systems and social services to persecute their partners and children. But by blaming all men, we have diluted the focus on this minority of men and pushed aside the many men who would be willing to work with women towards solutions. br /br /I believe that the feminist movement envisaged a new Utopia that depended upon destroying family life. In the new century, so their credo ran, the family unit will consist of only women and their children. Fathers are dispensable. And all that was yoked – unforgivably – to the debate about domestic violence. br /br /To my mind, it has never been a gender issue – those exposed to violence in early childhood often grow up to repeat what they have learned, regardless of whether they are girls or boys. br /br /I look back with sadness to my young self and my vision that there could be places where people – men, women and children who have suffered physical and sexual abuse – could find help, and if they were violent could be given a second chance to learn to live peacefully. br /br /I believe that vision was hijacked by vengeful women who have ghetto-ised the refuge movement and used it to persecute men. Surely the time has come to challenge this evil ideology and insist that men take their rightful place in the refuge movement. br /br /We need an inclusive movement that offers support to everyone that needs it. As for me – I will always continue to work with anyone who needs my help or can help others – and yes, that includes men. /blockquotebr /br /I was just at the gym watching emFox News /emdiscuss a case where a woman in Brooklyn is angry because a judge a href=”http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2007Jan19/0,4670,AHouseDivided,00.html”allowed her husband /ato build a wall in their home since they both wanted to live there. The couple have four children and the mother was on talking about how “the three older children agree with her that their father should be put out and the youngest has been brainwashed by the father.” “Okay,” I thought, “it’s a possibility, but why air your dirty laundry on television which can cause more psychological harm to the kids and why is it the majority of the time women who are pouring their hearts out on these shows and always bad mouthing the fathers of their kids?” Or take a look at a a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=430942in_page_id=1773″recent story on Heather Mills/a, who initially set up a website attacking Paul McCartney for being an uncaring husband and father but then retracted it at the advice of her lawyers. br /br /Isn’t it time we took Erin Pizzy’s advice and stopped allowing vengeful women and the courts who support them to get away with demonizing men? Families suffer when men are treated as second class citizens, not to mention the men themselves. Men are now involved with their families more than ever before, they deserve support for that, not constant abuse.
"On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory." Jules Crittenden follows up on his essay, "The State of the Union is a Disaster," with his analysis of the speech Bush actually gave. America loves a fighter.