I often run across interesting books at Amazon.com while I am shopping, so I couldn’t help but click through to a book with this intriguing title: a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316114758?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0316114758″emA Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder–How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0316114758″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Initially, I started to dismiss the book and move on to something else, thinking, “Great, a book telling people who are basically disorganized and messy to stay that way,” but when I thought about it, this idea started to make sense. br /br /Many people I know who are successful at what they do have a cluttered desk, can’t remember all their appointments, and their closets are so full to the brim with clothes and other items that the door bursts open when you so much as touch it (I won’t name any names). On the other hand, I know people who are so a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal-retentive”anal retentive /athat they spend all their time organizing and obsessing over what goes where, so much so that nothing else gets done; those who are fans ofa href=”http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=36619″ feng shui /acome to mind. I don’t mean to pick on these organizers; some of what they do, I am sure is of benefit to people, but how much organization is too much? In other words, do cluttered closets make for more creative minds and vice versa, do overly neat and organized closets make for a mind devoid of creativity? br /br /I doubt it is that simple and as the authors of the book suggest, it appears to be emmoderately/em disorganized people and businesses that tend to be more efficient, robust and creative than obsessive neatniks. But how mess is too much mess? Is there a fine line between being an “organized slob” and being just a plain slob? As one a href=”http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/01/07/RVG8JN6MN21.DTL”book review /aof emA Perfect Mess /emaptly puts it: br /br /blockquoteThe book’s peripatetic path eventually proves that despite what your mother, your boss or your girlfriend tells you, a certain amount of disorder is a good thing. “There is an optimal level of mess for every aspect of every system,” they argue. The question is, how much chaos is too much, before the weight of disorder, the hoarding of junk or worse still, the fear of throwing things out, “disposophobia,” obstructs your ability to function? /blockquotebr /br /So the million dollar question becomes, what is the optimal level of mess for your particular system and how do you know when you have found it?
How the United States has covertly aided Ethiopia's fight against the Islamic Courts Union. by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross for PJ Media The al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic Courts Union's (ICU) rapid retreat in the face of Ethiopia's military campaign in Somalia has puzzled many observers. How could the Ethiopians roll up the jihadists so quickly? PJ Media has learned that one significant factor is that U.S. air and ground forces covertly aided the Ethiopian military since its intervention began on Christmas day.
PJM Washington Editor Richard Miniter puts his basilisk gaze on Democratic chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson’s threat to hold hearings on the Automated Targeting System for Passengers. “Let’s hope he does. Perhaps the witnesses will educate him a bit.” (Read why HERE)
Claudia Rosett takes a closer look at the UN’s Ban Ki-moon’s appointment of the foreign minister of Tanzania, Asha-Rose Migiro as his deputy. Payback for “South Korea last year pledged $18 million in aid to Tanzania, or about four times what it had given in the space of a dozen years from 1991 to 2003,” or just a small coincidence? (The Rosett Report @ PajamasXpress)
It appears that my boyfriend, a href=”http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2006_12_17_alicublog_archive.html#116672546003862362″Roy/a, can’t stay away from me or my blog. However, shy devil that he is, he has now sent his “friend” at the Sadly, No blog to get my attention with a href=”http://sadlyno.com/archives/4754.html”this post/a declaring that I am an “Idiot Philanthropist” for a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2007/01/good-cause-of-month.html”donating some/a of my proceeds from BlogAds for Michelle Malkin’s trip to Iraq. Yet, the link provided by Sadly, No is now sending me more traffic to generate more money to send to the very causes that my new friends indicate they despise. Who is the idiot?br /br /Update: It appears that my boyfriend a href=”http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2007_01_07_alicublog_archive.html#116826938835910405″has a sense of humor/a! And BTW, Roy, if you read my comments, you will see that you all rented me a boat (my cost? about $800.00) not bought one, but keep coming by and owning a boat might just be in my future. Don’t underestimate yourself!
Alan Bennett's boys In his continuing series of "out of school" Oscar reviews Motion Picture Academy Member Roger L. Simon takes on The History Boys and The Good Shepherd. The deadline for my Oscar nominations ballot is fast approaching (January 13 at 5PM) and my stack of unseen Academy DVDs is higher than I care to admit in public, so I'm going to speed things up a bit and review two or three films at a time now - using some phony reviewer's gambit to link them together....
… unless its reported by PJ Medias’ own ‘Instapundit’ Glenn Reynolds. Glenn is blogging the LV Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for another PM – Popular Mechanics. He may even have scooped everybody on the Sony/Yahoo/AOL partnership.
More to come, we’re sure.
The a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2007/01/carnival-of-insanities.html”Carnival of the Insanities/a is up at Dr. Sanity’s place. If you have not done so already, check out insanity #13–the spiders on drugs video. It’s a hoot.
The Cordoba Cathedral, aka The Mezquita Muslims, often funded by Saudi Arabia, are making inroads in their former religious properties in Andalusia and elsewhere in Europe. How far will this go? Aaron Hanscom reports.
Do you ever just have one of those days when it seems like every bit of technology you have starts breaking down? Today was my day for busted batteries; it started out with getting in my car and just hearing that little click that tells you your battery is shot. So I go to get my cell phone (naturally I am not at home when this happens) which gives a few infuriating beeps with the display indicating, “battery low, phone turning off” and then the phone dies. I went to a family member’s house, called the car roadside assistance which was awesome, they were here within 15 minutes–Thanks, Mercedes (no, I do not have an “expensive” Mercedes, I have a a href=”http://www.mbusa.com/models/features/specs/overview.do?modelCode=C230WZclass=07_C”2002 C230/a that has been a fairly reliable car up until now). These kinds of annoyances no longer bother me much; as far as I am concerned, as long as the a href=”http://www.clevelandclinic.org/heartcenter/pub/guide/tests/procedures/icd.htm”battery in my ICD /aworks; I am having a good day and am not going to sweat the small stuff. If a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/12/richard-carlson-psychologist-and.html”Richard Carlson /awere here, I bet he would have said the same thing.
Flemming Rose is an author and the cultural editor of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. He is the man principally responsible for the publication of the notorious Mohammed cartoons in that paper last year. On a recent visit to Washington DC, he spoke with PJ Media Washington editor Richard Miniter about the reality behind that controversy and its implications for Europe today.
This video was produced for PJ Media by Andrew Marcus.
Partisan Arnold and Post-Partisan Arnold
Bill Bradley attended, and has some excerpts from, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Inaugural speech. Arnold’s vision now: “Post-partisanship is Republicans and Democrats actively giving birth to new ideas together. I believe it would promote a new centrism and a new trust in our political system.”
This stands in stark contrast to Arnold’s vision in Conan the Barbarian in 1982 when the best in life was, “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.” But if Conan can change, we all can change. For awhile. (Read it all HERE)
The Pamela Report: “‘I am the most powerful woman in the world.’ There’s something German about that:”
Pamela of Atlas Shrugs helps Pelosi savor her moment and wonders about a 3rd Party.
Michael Ledeen @ PajamasXpress writes in “The Time May Have Come” about the Iran we cannot avoid: There is no escape from the war Iran is waging against us, the war that started in 1979 and is intensifying with every passing hour.” (Read it all Here)
Richard Fernandez, PajamasMedia’s Editor in Australia and proprietor of The Belmont Club, was interviewed extensively on the Hugh Hewitt show yesterday. He spoke about Iraq, a ‘watered-down’ surge strategy, and the will to take on Tehran. “The flesh is willing but the spirit is weak.” (Listen to it HERE)
I heard through a href=”http://www.conservativegrapevine.com/”the Conservative Grapevine /athat a href=”http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006634.htm”Michelle Malkin /ais finalizing her plans to go to Iraq to do some first-hand reporting: her goals are two-fold:br /br /1) to report on how the troops perceive mainstream media coverage of the war (with a particular focus on the wire services relying on local stringers); andbr /br /2) to report on progress and interaction between U.S. troops and Iraqi Army trainees.br /br /Some of the commenters in a previous post seemed taken aback that I bragged about using money from Blogads to take a beach vacation. As I mentioned, the additional Blogads revenue I made to take a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/12/sun-kissed.html”my wonderful vacation /awas made possible, in part, by extra traffic from links from lefty bloggers such as Glenn Greenwald and Alicublog. (Thanks again, boys!) However, after considering that maybe the commenters were correct, that I should be giving the money to good causes and not spending it all on myself, I decided to take their advice to heart and donate some of my revenue to my favorite right-leaning causes, starting a href=”http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006634.htm”with a check I just mailed to Hot Air /ato help pay for Michelle’s trip to Iraq–I hope they will put it towards extra security. br /br /Perhaps every once in a while, I will find a right-leaning or libertarian cause that I believe in and send some of the proceeds from the Blogad revenues their way. It’s a good feeling, knowing that I am helping to make the world a better place and that every person–trolls included–coming to this blog will help to contribute in some small way. Thanks everyone!
“We need to hear from the very top echelon of the American military, that despite all the roadblocks put in their way, and the difficulty of the present task… that they will defeat these insurgents-and here’s how they plan to do it.” (Read HERE)
a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/750/48/1600/480770/hymowitxcov.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/750/48/320/323942/hymowitxcov.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /Today, we are talking with Kay Hymowitz, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1566637090?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1566637090″emMarriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1566637090″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Hymowitz says that marriage and parenthood have more to do with wealth and poverty than vice versa, and offers some suggestions on what we should be doing to encourage responsible parenting. We also discuss whether or not it is good to have a “kid-centered” culture, the pros and cons of gay marriage, the break-down of the black family, and whether the next generation of young girls is headed back to the 1950′s. br /br /You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/01/03/the_glenn_and_helen_show_kay_h.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/20070103-Hymowitz.mp3″clicking right here,/a or you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. by going a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/01/03/the_glenn_and_helen_show_kay_h.php”here/a and selecting lo-fi. A free iTunes subscription — the best way to go — is available by a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″clicking here./a You can visit our a href=”http://instapundit.com/podcasts.php”archives here/a. br /br /This podcast is sponsored by Volvo at a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”volvocars.us/a.
Does marriage still matter? Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith talk to the Manhattan Institute’s Kay Hymowitz about her book, %%AMAZON=1566637090 Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age.%% Hymowitz talks about the role of marriage in childrearing, wealth accumulation, and more — and how the unequal popularity of marriage is making the rich richer and the poor poorer.
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The Glenn and Helen Show: Kay Hymowitz on Marriage and Caste in America
It seemed like a long time coming, but Saddam Hussein has finally been executed. The reaction from around the globe has been mixed — the Left, Europe, and human rights groups are not all that happy, and neither are certain people in Tikrit. But many others — including the Sanity Squad — think it was a case of justice being served at last. [LISTEN]
Okay, New York City, perhaps a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16444534/wid/11915773/?GT1=8921″this is a consequence /aof what happens when you try to ban trans fat. If these poor dieters had just eaten a nice fattening burger fried in regular oil, your subways might be running on time.
"If the result of "access journalism" in Washington is the shaded truth; on terrorist battlefields its product is the reverse of the truth; the lie; the tale about things that never were from the Man Who Never Was." by PJM Editor Richard Fernandez of The Belmont Club Former CNN News executive Eason Jordan is unconvinced that "Captain Jamil Hussein" exists. Writing for Iraqi Slogger, Jordan says that if "Jamil Hussein" existed, someone would have found him by now, because everyone has sure as hell been looking:
Have you seen the new study that shows how “Queen Bee” women are actually holding back other women’s careers? If not, here is an a href=”http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2524299.html”excerpt from Timesonline/a (Hat tip: a href=”http://chicagoboyz.net/archives/004676.html”Ginny at the Chicagoboyz/a):br /br /blockquoteFORGET “jobs for the boys”. Women bosses are significantly more likely than men to discriminate against female employees, research has suggested. br /The study found that when presented with applications for promotion, women were more likely than men to assess the female candidate as less qualified than the male one. br /br /They were also prone to mark down women’s prospects for promotion and to assess them as more controlling than men in their management style. br /br /The findings, based on experiments carried out among more than 700 people, suggest that the “queen bee syndrome” of female rivalry in the workplace may sometimes be as important as sexism in holding back women’s careers. /blockquotebr /br /What, women capable of stereotyping? Say it isn’t so! I guess the “Sisterhood” is only alive and well when the drones know their place.
a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/750/48/1600/739639/helenprom.jpg”img style=”float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/750/48/320/334326/helenprom.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /Today, I was reading Kay Hymowitz’s book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1566637090?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1566637090″emMarriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age,/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1566637090″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / for an upcoming podcast and found it interesting that she stated that today’s generation of young girls is a throwback to the 1950′s in their longing for marriage and family. Hymowitz describes the “Millennals,” the cohort born between 1981 and 1999 as more “staitlaced” than their parents and as “marriage nuts” with 88 percent of male high school seniors and 93 percent of females believing it is extremely or quite important to have a good marriage and family life. Perhaps these girls will be a new breed from the more traditional 1950′s housewife, but I wonder if their quest to rebel by being traditional coupled with “feeling entitled to it all” will lead to heartache with the perfection that they seek. Are they setting themselves (and their potential dates) up for failure?br /br /Talk to many young girls–even younger than 12!– these days and you will find that they talk incessantly about their desire for a man who is tall, older and rich. Yet ask them how they will find this guy and they seem to think he will appear by magic. They hesitate to call a boy for a date or ask him to a dance, expecting him to make the first move. Then they wonder why they are sitting home on a Friday night or going to dances with their girlfriends (nothing wrong with that of course, unless you would like to go with a guy). And of course, if the guy does not meet their requirements, they don’t want to go anyway.br /br /I remember my Senior prom; I really wanted to go and being the loser that I was in high school, knew I didn’t have a chance if I didn’t do the asking. I never had an idea of some older, taller guy–I was willing to take short, broke or in my date’s case, a younger guy who just had a nice smile. His name was Wilson and he was 16; I was 17 and he was two years behind me in school. I told a friend of mine that I was interested in asking him to the prom–when she mentioned it to him, he smiled and said, “sure, I would love to go with her.” br /br /I picked him up in a limousine with my best friend and her boyfriend, and he gave me a corsage. He acted like a perfect gentleman and was as mature as any 16-year-old I had ever met. To this day, I am totally indebted to him for going with me and not turning me down. It gave me the courage to do the asking out in the dating world, because I always remembered that he had said yes to me and treated me in such a kind way. If I had learned to sit back and wait to be asked for a date, or needed perfection, I would probably still be waiting. You can see the picture of us at the prom–I, of course, look like a doofus and he may also, but he had the graciousness to accept my invitation at an important time in my life, and for that, I will always be grateful. His smile, and his kindness, now, that was perfection.br /br /Update: Bitter at the Bitchgirls bows to peer pressure and a href=”http://www.thebitchgirls.us/?p=6187″posts a picture /aof herself and date at the prom. Anyone else out there brave enough to do the same?
Exclusive to PJM by Val Prieto, of Babalu Blog in Miami "Castro is dead" rumors begin "I just got a call from my cousin in Havana whose (neighbor's husband's) oldest son (from a previous marriage) lives with a nurse (that works at the Cimex hospital). She said she was waiting for the elevator when she saw Fidel Castro being taken to...." (deep breath). An elaborate tale of intrigue, medical diagnoses and desperate anticipation inevitably follows. The "Castro is dead" rumor mill has been cranking out ye olde "hot" news at top speed in the past few months. Given the frail