Annan and Sevan UN expert Claudia Rosett @ PajamasXpress looks at the details surrounding today’s indictment of Benon Sevan and Ephraim Nadler for bribery and conspiracy in the UN’s Oil-for-Food scandal. Watch Rosett’s page at PajamasXpress for further analysis and reporting as the day unfolds.
Dr. Wes: a href=”http://drwes.blogspot.com/2007/01/stem-cells-create-beating-heart-muscle.html”Stem cells create beating /aheart tissue.
How Canada's Liberals Have Run Out of Ideas by Pieter Dorsman It was a rainy New Year's day when I ambled onto our local beach for the traditional dip and dash'. Usually the event is hosted by the mayor, but this time there was our Member of Parliament, Liberal Blair Wilson. Of course, he was surrounded by a group of curious people and I could not resist mixing into the circle and get a feel for the discussion that was consuming them.
Motion Picture Academy member Roger L. Simon thinks Al Gore and his producers have a lock on an Oscar for their global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth ... even though there's little chance Simon will be voting for it. (Read his analysis HERE)
If left free to organize, the Werewolves would have killed many more Allied soldiers, demonstrated the impotence of the occupiers, delayed for a long time, perhaps a generation, the denazification of the culture, and provoked internecine conflict within the Allied zones of Germany…. (Read it all @ Faster Please)
You’ll recall last weekend I picked all four winners but only went 2-2 against the spread. (Fresh picks HERE)
Tractor of choice on the Hanson farm
Victor Davis Hanson @ PajamasXpress examines the very real nightmares that trouble our sleep, supports the “Surge”, tracks the post-presidency failure of Jimmy Carter, and answers readers questions about his favorite tractors. (Read “War? What war?” HERE)
Two thousand Eritreans are not enough to stall Ethiopian, U.S. advance.... A PJ Media Exclusive by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross.
While reading more on a href=”http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/5173877.html” the news story /aon the carjacking and subsequent murders of a Tennessee couple, I scrolled down and saw that the story had some further links to information on how to prevent carjackings. “Great”, I thought, “I’ll take a look and see what I can learn.” What I learned is, it a href=”http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/5179367.html”is best to give the carjacker /ayour keys and get out of the car to keep yourself from being harmed. br /br /A further link on the news story took me to a page on “No nonsense self-defense” where I learned that the average person a href=”http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/carjacking.html”doesn’t have what it takes/a to fight back against a carjacker:br /br /blockquoteIf you argue or resist a carjacker, the odds are you will be shot. br /Like all robbers, the carjacker has come to the situation ready, willing and able to commit violence. While it may seem “it comes out of the blue” to you, the carjacker already has prepared himself to commit violence. You are literally playing against a stacked deck. Everything he needs to commit serious violence is in place at the same time you are surprised and shocked.br /br /Unfortunately, most people have never faced such raw, unbridled violence. They suddenly find themselves dragged out of their normal, everyday parameters of existence and thrown into a strange — and dangerous — alien landscape. It’s a place where none of the rules they are accustomed to apply. An effective strategy to “defend your space” under normal circumstances could in this instant get your brains blown into a fine pink mist.br /br /Your normal defenses are not enough. Words, anger or outrage are insufficient to protect yourself against someone committed to violence. It is nearly impossible for the average citizen to effectively defend himself when confronted in such a wild and unexpected manner. To go instantly from thinking about scheduling the day or what you are going to have for dinner to the killing savagery necessary to overcome an armed opponent is beyond even most trained martial artists. And by the time you could muster enough outrage to effectively defend yourself, the carjacker would have long since pulled the trigger./blockquotebr /br /Have you noticed that most of the tips you get in recent years for how to survive a violent crime involve an accompanying psychological maneuver of first trying to make you feel impotent? And instead of suggesting remedies to overcome this impotence, these survival tips usually just tell you to give the criminal what they want. But what they typically don’t say is that you can get killed using that approach also. a href=”http://harris.dvc.org.uk/jeff/jeff6_9.html”Jeff Cooper /ahas a whole different approach to surviving violence–as I recall in one of his books, he talks about the use of color codes for getting one in the psychological mindset to deal with violence:br /br /blockquoteI forget when I first dreamed up the color code, but it was a long time ago. I have been teaching it and preaching it, practically forever, but I never seem to have got it across! The color code is not a means of assessing danger or formulating a tactical solution. It is rather a psychological means of overcoming your innate reluctance to shoot a man down. Normal people have a natural and healthy mental block against delivering the irrevocable blow. This is good, but in a gunfight it may well get you killed. The color code enables you to change your state of mind by three steps, each of which enables you to overcome your mental block and take lifesaving action./blockquotebr /br /There is no easy answer to what to do when confronted with a violent crime–certainly, it seems best to avoid a crime if possible by being aware of one’s surroundings etc. But once violence is in front of you, passivity is not emalways/em the answer. Remember, the criminal has a script in his mind too–that is, that you will not fight back. The element of surprise can work just as effectively for law abiding citizens who are willing to do whatever it takes to save their own lives or that of a loved one.
PajamasXpress author Ron Rosenbaum asks a question to which there are no good answers. Read it HERE.
Here in Knoxville, a young couple was a href=”http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/5159977.html”brutally murdered /afollowing what appears to be a carjacking and yesterday, “persons of interest” were found and are being interviewed:br /br /blockquoteU.S. Marshals say Channon Christian was raped numerous times leading up to her death. Federal Marshals from the Western District of Kentucky say this whole thing started as a carjacking and ended up as rape and murder. However, it’s important to note that the men taken into custody are still persons of interest. They are not being considered suspects at this time….br /br /Davidson was renting this home on Chipman Street. That’s where police found Channon Christian’s body Tuesday. Her boyfriend, Christoper Newsom’s, body was found just blocks away on Sunday. Local police are tight-lipped about what happened but the U.S. Marshal’s office in Western Kentucky tells us this is a brutal, brutal murder.br /br /”Before they killed her they reportedly raped her numerous times and then killed her and dumped her in a garbage can from what I understand,” Knighten said./blockquotebr /br /US Marshal Knighten refers to these persons of interest in the article as gentlemen–you see that a lot, suspects or persons of interest in this case referred to as gentlemen by law enforcement. What is that about? Why not just call them men? Why add the gentle part?br /br /Read morea href=”http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/5159977.html” about the murders here/a.
“Was it something I said?
The a href=”http://countertop-chronicles.blogspot.com/2007/01/mitt-romney-and-michael-nifong.html”Countertop Chronicle’s blog /apointed me to an a href=”http://www.opinionjournal.com/medialog/?id=110009507″interesting article /ain the WSJ editorial page entitled: “The Michael Nifong Scandal” that states “that the Duke rape hoax is redolent of past decades’ phony child-abuse cases.” Here are a few excerpt’s from the editorial by Dorothy Rabinowitz:br /br /blockquoteMr. Nifong’s confidence that he had nothing to fear from establishment opinion or from the leaders of the great university as he bounded about making hash of the rules of justice–prime among them the accused’s right to a presumption of innocence–proved justified. And might have remained so longer but for the catastrophic effects of the accuser’s unraveling stories. br /br /For all the public shock and fury over his behavior, there is little that is new or strange about Mr. Nifong. We have seen the likes of this district attorney, uninterested in proofs of innocence, willing to suppress any he found, many times in the busy army of prosecutors claiming to have found evidence of rampant child abuse in nursery schools and other child-care centers around the country in the 1980s and throughout most of the ’90s. They built case after headline-making case charging the mass molestation of small children, and managed to convict scores of innocent Americans on the basis of testimony no rational mind could credit. Law officers who regularly violated requirements of due process in their effort to obtain a conviction, they grasped the special advantage that was theirs: that for a prosecutor dealing with molestation, and wearing the mantle of avenger, there was no such thing as excess, no limits to what could be said of the accused. In court, rules could be bent, any charges presented, and nonexistent medical evidence proclaimed as proof positive of the accusation…br /br /In his role of avenger of a young black woman alleged to have been brutalized by white males, Mr. Nifong proceeded with similar assurance. His was a crusade. strongWho but enemies of the good would object?/strong (I bolded this for emphasis). Confronted with hard questions about his evidence, whether from the defense or the press, Mr. Nifong answered that these challenges were all designed to intimidate the rape victim. More than once the DA suggested, as criticisms of his case multiplied, that he was himself a victim of the press. br /br /The jury to which Mr. Nifong played–the black population of Durham–duly helped re-elect him. This could not prevent his case of rape and abuse against the three Duke students from coming undone, thanks in part to his own heedless behavior but mainly to the accusing dancer herself, whose shifting stories and checkered past could not be hidden./blockquotebr /br /Have you noticed that in our society, that as long as you are fighting the “good fight” that little things like facts, innocence, evidence, freedom, autonomy and discrimination against groups deemed as “bad” don’t really matter? When did appearing as a crusader trump justice and truth in our society? And when did the fear of appearing “hard-hearted” become so strong that the majority of people will go along with these abusers of justice to avoid looking like “enemies of the good”? Just a few questions I think about from time to time.
Islamists Send a Message in the Phillipines -- Six Killed, Dozens Injured as Islamic Threats to the ASEAN Summit in Cebu Escalate. Special Report to PajamasMedia from PJM in Manila
[PJM Baghdad editor Mohammed Fadhil of Iraq The Model upates on the security crackdown; also, Bryan Preston @ HotAir and Michelle Malkin -with pictures- report from Iraq's capital] The sounds of furious battles filled Baghdad's skies for the past two days. In the largest battle, Haifa street and its surroundings were the field in which all sorts of guns were used. Actually yesterday was the first time in months that I hear the familiar characteristic sound of the 30 mm cannon that is usually mounted on A-10's and Apache helicopters. This particular weapon is an indication of the seriousness of the battles even though was fired only a few times. Anyway, military aircrafts are still roaming the skies above us occasionally at low altitudes and making significant sounds. The battles left more than 50 militants killed and more than a dozen captured, seven of whom are Syrians and this supports what we reported in our last post that eyewitnesses said. Meanwhile there have been more clashes in Al-Aamil district in western Baghdad yesterday and we learned that all roads and bridges leading to that area are now closed, with helicopters hovering above. With all of this going on, the government still insists that the new security operation in Baghdad hasn't started yet, according to the spokesman of the government, Ali al-Dabbagh.
Mitt Romney has officially declared his interest in the 2008 Presidential election. In this interview, he responds to a controversial YouTube video about his positions on abortion and other social issues, and talks about the war, gun rights, health care, research and development, and the role of the blogosphere in the 2008 election, among other things.
Here at the Glenn and Helen Show, we are hoping to bring to our listeners personal interviews with as many of the potential 2008 Presidential candidates we can beg, uh, I mean invite to come on. So we were delighted when Governor Romney agreed to a “get acquainted” interview with us to talk about his views on national security, the second amemendment, healthcare and what makes him different from the other presidential candidates as well as the Mormon issue. br /br /He also addresses a a href=”http://hotair.com/archives/2007/01/10/video-impassioned-articulate-case-for-abortion-made-by-mitt-romney/”controversial video /athat was recently put up on YouTube indicating that the Presidential hopeful is a “flip-flopping” liberal–hear his side of the story in the podcast. You can also read more about Governor Romney at his website a href=”http://www.mittromney.com/”MittRomney.com/a.br /br /You can listen to the show directly (no downloads needed) by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/01/10/the_glenn_and_helen_show_mitt.php”going here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the show by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20070110-Romney.mp3″clicking right here, /aand you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, iPhone, etc. by going a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/01/10/the_glenn_and_helen_show_mitt.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./aYou can see a href=”http://instapundit.com/podcasts.php”our archives /ahere where you can check out our other interviews with Senator John McCain, another presidential candiate for 2008 or Governor Mark Warner, who discussed in our prior podcast with him, why he decided emnot/em to run.br /br /This podcast is brought to you by Volvo at a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”www.volvocars. us/a
PJ Media military affairs expert Austin Bay previews tonight's speech by President Bush on Iraq. The speech calls for an additional 21,500 troops for the war. Bay just participated in a blogger conference call with White House press secretary Tony Snow on the troop "surge"and the new strategy. Clausewitz called it "friction." American troops call it "the suck." France's Georges Clemenceau provided a more elegant rendering of the terrible hell of it: War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.
“Do you think Khamenei is alive or dead?”
“I don’t know. We have good reports on both sides.”
In France today the only heroes are the homeless, the new Pet Rocks of Paris and its prime time media. by Nidra Poller, PJM's Paris Editor One hundred days from the presidential elections, what is on the mind of an aspiring world power like France? The nuclear threat from Iran? The Hizballah putsch fomenting in Lebanon? War between Fatah and Hamas? The defeat of Islamists in Somalia?
The a href=”http://homeschoolbuzz.com/stories.html?content=CoH54.htm”54th Carnival of Homeschooling /ais up at the Homeschool Buzz blog.
Many Democratic leaders–Pelosi and Reid and Biden, to name a few–are vocally opposed to Bush’s new plan for Iraq even before its official unveiling. Is it d√©j√† vu all over again, a repeat of the late-1974 withdrawal of funding from Vietnam? Try to keep up as the Squad discusses going “wide” in Iraq, self-defense in the modern world, and the tyranny of utopianism. [LISTEN]
Ward Churchill, Dime Store Professor and Phony Indian
Today’s Hanson lecture covers the corrupt state of the American university, the cowards who fight our troops, the moaning over “the Saddam hanging,” and the American way of war. (Read it HERE)
By Catherine Seipp I was happy to learn that Blue Cross, California's largest private health insurer, has to pay a $200,000 fine for improperly voiding sick subscribers' policies - in many cases years after the subscribers had applied for coverage. But my pleasure in this was mitigated by the knowledge that to Blue Cross and its parent company WellPoint, $200,000 is basically just chump change. Since I was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer four-and-a-half years ago, for instance, I'd guess I've already received around $200,000 in benefits. And I'm sure by now they've gone through my old underwriting files more than once with a fine-toothed comb - hoping to keep their $2.5 billion in annual profits from sinking to, oh, say $2.49999 billion per year.¬†¬†¬†