Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking here during the Armed Services
Committee hearing on the new US commander in Iraq, appears today at
the campaign’s first presidential forum, in Carson City, Nevada.
As presidential candidates converge last week and this on likely early primary state California, they flock to Nevada for today’s first campaign forum of the season, among the Democrats, in what will be the second-in-the-nation caucus contest, following Iowa.
But first a word on the only Democratic presidential candidate who will not be in Carson City today, Barack Obama.
Kim du Toit a href=”http://www.theothersideofkim.com/index.php/tos/single/10250/”discusses the socialization /aand homeschooling question:br /br /blockquoteWhen we talk to people about homeschooling our kids, and are asked what we did about “socialization”, our answer is dismissive. Here’s the gist of it. br /br /We were never interested in having our kids learning to socialize from a group of peers who were as clueless about the process as they themselves were. High school kids, unsupervised, are the most feral little beasts on the planet, and we saw no reason why we should subject our kids to that ordeal. The most common response to that statement was usually, “It makes them tougher” or “They learn how to cope with a hostile environment, like they may encounter in the adult world”……br /br /Another response is that the kids “miss out on so much”. Yeah, Daughter really misses that experience of perpetual teasing about her weight, and the physical bullying that went along with it, coupled with sadistic gym teachers who forced her to run a mile during PE class, in the hot sun. br //blockquotebr /br /I’m a href=”http://www.theothersideofkim.com/index.php/tos/single/10250/”waiting for Mr. and Mrs. du Toit’s book/a on the subject.
An Interview with Historian Michael Oren on the Tangled Web of US Involvement from the age of Jefferson to Today by Michael J. Totten "You cannot withdraw from Iraq and be confident that the enemy is not going to follow you. Because the enemy is going to follow you. America can't detach from the Middle East because the Middle East is not going to detach from America. And America's going to have to learn to fight this fight to win in a much more prudent and effective way. And there are ways America can fight it more effectively." -- Michael Oren
-- or-- "A Teen-Age Vegan In the House" The dreaded tofu pig's head by Nancy Rommelmann
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Have you a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17212960/”seen this case about a woman /awho in a fit of road rage threw a cup of McDonald’s ice into another car and was sentenced to emtwo years /emin prison?br /br /blockquoteNo one was injured, but the cup launcher, Jessica Hall, 25, of Jacksonville, N.C., was charged and convicted by a Stafford County jury of maliciously throwing a missile into an occupied vehicle, a felony in Virginia. The instructions given to the jury said that “any physical object can be considered a missile. A missile can be propelled by any force, including throwing.”br /br /Hall, a mother of three young children whose husband is serving his third tour in Iraq, has spent more than a month in jail.br /br /The jury sentenced her to two years in prison, the minimum, and a judge will formally impose a sentence Wednesday. Under state law, the judge can only decrease the jury’s sentence.br /br /”We didn’t think it would go this far,” Hall said in an interview at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. “Two years! What did I do?”/blockquotebr /br /Two years in prison seems excessive for throwing ice; I have seen offenders get less time for actually doing serious damage to people with their stupidity. Was McMissile mom’s act of road rage reasonable? Of course not, but neither was a jury’s decision to put her in jail for two years. What do you think?br /br /Update: “The 25-year-old military wife a href=”http://www.wmal.com/listingsEntry.asp?ID=486372PT=NEWS”convicted of throwing a cup of ice/a into a car that cut her off on Interstate 95 in Virginia has been sentenced to probation. br /br /Jessica Hall of Jacksonville, North Carolina has been in jail for more than a month since her bond was revoked by a Stafford County judge. A jury had recommended that Hall serve two years in prison, but the judge noted Wednesday that Hall has no criminal record and placed her on probation for the felony conviction.” Thanks to Bender for the information.
"The sky is full of eyes and guns." "As we expected in the last post, the terrorists committed another crime against civilians by detonating two bombs in a market area." A special report by Mohammed Fadhil, PJM Baghdad editor
It's a brother-sister novelist act, as Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith talk to Claire Berlinski, author of last year's powerful nonfiction book, %%AMAZON=1400097703 Menace in Europe%% and now of a new novel of Internet dating and espionage, %%AMAZON=1400062950 Lion Eyes%% -- and her brother, Mischa Berlinski, whose novel %%AMAZON=0374299161 Fieldwork,%% on missionaries, anthropologists, and murder in the hills of Thailand was published on the same day as Lion Eyes. The conversation ranges from Internet dating and blogger romance, to the historical conflicts between missionaries and anthropologists, to the advantages of novel-writing over having to hold a real job. Plus, a year-later look at how the predictions in Menace in Europe -- which is now out in %%AMAZON=1400097703 paperback%% -- have held up. (And last year's interview with Claire Berlinski on that book can be found here.) This podcast sponsored by Volvo Motors USA: listen to it below the fold.
We’ve got a brother-sister act, with blogosphere fave a href=”http://www.berlinski.com/?q=aboutlioneyes”Claire Berlinski /aand her brother,a href=”http://www.berlinski.com/mischa/author/” Mischa Berlinski/a. Both of them have new novels out, which happened to be published on the same day. Claire, the author of emLoose Lips /emand a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400097703?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1400097703″emMenace in Europe/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1400097703″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / discusses her new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400062950?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1400062950″Lion Eyes,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1400062950″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and Mischa has an intriguing psychological mystery called a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0374299161?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0374299161″Fieldwork./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0374299161″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / They talk about romance and dating on the internet and why internet dating often goes wrong, Iranian history and missionaries in the hills of Thailand.br /br /You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/02/18/the_glenn_and_helen_show_clair.php”going here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file and listen at your leisure by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20070219-Berlinskis.mp3″clicking right here./a You can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/02/18/the_glenn_and_helen_show_clair.php”here/a and selecting “lo-fi.” And you can always a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″subscribe via iTunes./a br /br /This podcast is sponsored by Volvo automobiles at a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”Volvocars.us./a
From Egypt's Rantings of a Sandmonkey : "[Embattled Egyptian Blogger] Abdel Kareem's father announced today that he is disowning Abdel Kareem, and that he would like to see Sharia Law applied to his son, in which he would have 3 days to repent at the end of which if he is not repentant, he would be killed."
Do you ever read news stories about the Baby Boomers that make you wonder if they have lost their minds, or maybe just their common sense? Many of the tales about the Boomers are just a marketing ploy, of course, as the cohort spans almost 20 years and seems to include just about everyone, even those of us born in the 1960′s who really have little in common with those born just after the war. Anyway, I caught a href=”http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/CollegeAndFamily/Advice/EmptyNestsBreedPamperedPets.aspx”this story on MSN/a about how the Boomers are now spending more on their snooty dogs than they are on children: br /br / blockquoteWho’s your baby? If she’s got a wet nose, nasty breath and canines that make confetti of your new pair of Manolo Blahniks, you’re in excellent company: Spending on children is plummeting in the U.S. as we lavish ever-larger amounts on the other little beasts at home. br /br /Take Pepper, a 5-year-old wire-haired dachsund who “fell into a tub of butter” when owners Maurice and Valerie Teich brought him home. Maurice buys and sells steel internationally; Valerie is a banker. Pepper leads a good life on Manhattan’s Park Avenue and vacations in the fashionable Hamptons. He joins the Teichs each morning at the breakfast table for oranges, yogurt and toast before donning his leash and jacket. (Should he wear the shearling? The red Burberry with brass buttons? The Ralph Lauren?)/blockquotebr /br /The other day, I was at a local public relations meeting and one of the women there told me she worked for the DIY network; we laughed about a show they have on called emBarkitechture/em where owners learn to build doghouses for their pets; there is even a book out entitled, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1579908535?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1579908535″Doggie Homes (DIY): Barkitecture for Your Best Friend./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1579908535″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / The PR person told me that the one predictor of who watches the show is if the person has a yearly birthday party for their dog. When I howled at that, she sheepishly admitted that she hosted a dog B-day every year, “Look, I don’t have any kids, my dogs are my kids,” she explained.br /br /”Uhh, they are? Really, dogs are kids?” I thought — but no, I was not rude enough to say this out loud. Apparently, many Americans feel this way, referring to their animals as their “a href=”http://pets.webshots.com/album/551126121RuOZFO”Fur children/a.” br /br /So maybe one can let the Baby Boomers off the hook if they have already had children and now because of an empty nest are looking to their fur children to lavish their attention on, although I have to ask, what happened to spending time with the real, live human grandkids? And if people are having fur children eminstead of/em real children, what will happen to the human race? And what about retirement, long after your fur children are dead, will you end up in the doghouse because you blew a wad of cash on a dog a href=”http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/02/15/babyboomers.planning/index.html”instead of planning for retirement /aetc. Just a few questions for those who can’t tell the difference between an animal and a human being.
"The Surge is showing signs of success. The progress made so far invites hope and optimism, but it's still too early to celebrate." Mohammed Fadhil, PJM's editor in Iraq files this report.
Mocqter al-Sadr – who runs the largest Shiite militia, the Mahdi Army – has fled to Iran in advance of the “Surge”. Conventional mainstream media wisdom regards this escape as another defeat for the US. PJ Media Washington Editor Richard Miniter disagrees
Do you ever watch the body language of some of the liberal guests on Fox News? Last night, I watched a href=”http://www.michellemalkin.com/”Michelle Malkin /ahosting the emO’Reilly Factor /emand started to notice all the squirming in their seats and eye darting on the part of her guests of the liberal persuasion. Typically when you see a guest with a liberal point of view on emToday/em, emWorld News Tonight/em, or any other liberal news program, meaning basically all of them except Fox News, they look rather confident, particularly if they are regular commentators. However, last night, one of the guests of Michelle’s, an immigration activist, looked like he was gearing up for a boxing match rather than a discussion. His eyes darted back and forth and he looked quite uncomfortable, and probably with good reason. When your argument for immigration consists of saying something like, “Well, there are hundreds of millions of illegal immigrants all over the world, and the United States only has 6% of them–so what’s the problem?” then maybe you emshould/em look uncomfortable because you would have to know deep down that your argument lacks the logic to stand up to scrutiny. When Katie Couric bats her eyelashes at you and coos in sympathy to your left leaning cause, you just don’t need to get that worked up, but when you are challenged by the likes of Michelle Malkin, the eye darting and seat shifting begin.br /br /In another segment, a Democratic strategist, Julie Roginsky, is talking with Michelle and a Republican strategist about the Edwards blogger fiasco. The Democratic strategist looks like she is geared up for a fight, her eyes are flashing and she looks ready ready to swing–but she also looks out of her element. She is geared up for a challenge and she must realize to some extent that her slanderous excuses for Edward’s poor judgement in hiring bloggers will not hold up–her body language gives her away. “Look, McCain hired an anti-semitic blogger for his campaign,” she states. Perhaps Roginsky should check her notes again and a href=”http://hotair.com/archives/2007/02/16/video-michelle-strategists-on-fmr-edwards-bloggers-talking-points-mixed-up/”see that she made/a a “mistake.” If she didn’t feel uncomfortable while in the studio, then maybe she will when bloggers rake her over the coals. The time for getting away with any left-leaning statement as if it were fact is over, and maybe the liberals are just starting to figure that out–and thus the discomfort.br /br /So next time you watch Fox News, take a look at the body language of the liberal guests as compared to the conservative guests. You will often see the liberal display a defensive stance, darting eyes and shifting in their seat. The discomfort could just be fear of being challenged, but my guess is, that deep down, many of these people know that their arguments do not hold water and what they can get away with on regular news segments no longer works on emFox News/em. It’s no wonder liberals hate it so much.
Dead center of a shrinking world A Gang Beating on Paris Streets. A Funeral for a Jew Tortured to Death in Paris Suburbs. A Meeting with No Meaning. A Plane Hijacking That Did Not, In the End, End Somewhere in Paris. by PJM Paris Editor, Nidra Poller
Ann Althouse a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2007/02/marcotte-blames-sexism-for-her-troubles.html”thinks there is some truth /ato Amanda Marcotte’s accussation that she was fired because of sexism:br /br /blockquoteI think Marcotte goes way too far blaming sexism for her troubles, but there is still some truth to it. I’ve seen plenty of attacks on me that have the odor of sexism. I think there is a sense out there that the blogosphere belongs to the guys and the women are interlopers. Rationally, most guys will say that’s not true, but I think they still have that prejudice, that instinctive reaction: Who does she think she is? Who let her in here? And I readily admit that some of what I think is my own imagination, but I’ve read enough things about me to believe it./blockquotebr /br /Sexism is what got Marcotte hired in the first place– she and her co-blogger were hired embecause/em they were women, and Edwards as well as the bloggers mistakenly believed that because they were women, they could get away with anything. No self-respecting politician would have hired a man who talked and acted like a deranged teen who spouted off at the mouth as if he were a sexually abused borderline using the internet as a weapon against all that angered him. Such a man would rightly be called a loose cannon–a misogynist who was part of a fringe group of warped minds. My guess is that Edwards hired these women to make the point that he was a “progressive feminist” who took women’s views seriously. His mistake was to believe that the average woman, or man for that matter, would take the views of a bigot and a hater like Marcotte seriously regardless of sex. Sexism may have played a part in Marcotte and her fellow-hater getting hired but it certainly played no part in getting them fired–their unprofessional conduct and rantings did that for them all by itself.br /br /As for the notion that the blogosphere is full of sexism and men just don’t realize it, I think the Professor should take a real look at who some of these sexist comments are made by. I, for one, have noticed that as many sexist and nasty comments on my blog are written by females as by males. And, proportionally, men do read more political blogs: generally about 75% of political blog readers are male, meaning that there will be more of a chance of comments of any type from men on blogs such as Althouse’s–but many of these males are supportive of women’s sites, otherwise they would not be on there commenting and interacting with female bloggers. And, honestly, some of the ugliest comments I have gotten have been from cowards that come to my site to make ugly comments about my husband’s appearance–one commenter (don’t know if male or female) even called him “tubby.” How sexist is that? Other so called progressive sites call me the “ole Mrs. Doctor Perfesser” or some such nonsense–I have seen this on “feminist sites.” Isn’t it sexist to be addressing a woman by her husband’s occupation etc? So, who is the sexist here? (Even a href=”http://www.houseofplum.com/plumcrazy/archives/010263.html”leftist blogs/a have complained about that: see the footnote.)br /br /I recently answered some questions for a researcher who was studying women’s political blogs and she asked if I encountered sexism as a woman on the internet. My response, “Yes, but frequently from other women.” And the digs from those women are often not subtle, and usually related to appearance. I remember reading some blog where a “feminist” didn’t like something I said and stated, “She needs to do something with that hair, Meow!” “What a catty comment,” I thought, particularly coming from a blogger who seemed to pride herself for being a feminist.br /br /To tell you the truth, I don’t read many of the “feminist” blogs: they seem immature and tend to blame men in vile terms for every aspect of their miserable lives–while at the same time, slamming any man who makes the slightest criticism of women. Yep, the blogosphere is sexist all right but it may just be that the women give as good or better than they get. So I really can’t feel too sorry for them. I am just disappointed that the typically just and reasonable Professor Althouse would fail to give her male readers and bloggers the benefit of the doubt in this aspect.
While reading over the a href=”http://blog.nerdfamily.com/2007/02/this-weeks-carnival-of-homeschooling.html”Homeschool Carnival /athis week, I found this post: a href=”http://gottsegnet.blogspot.com/2007/02/if-you-want-your-child-socializeda.html”If You Want your Child Socialized: A Public School Satire./a It’s actually quite humorous and sad, both at the same time. This post is particularly helpful a href=”http://www.sengifted.org/articles_social/Schuler_TeasingAndGiftedChildren.shtml”if you have a gifted child /awho is made fun of in school for his or her sensitive nature or tendency to roll his or her eyes at the dummied down curriculum. Public school teachers, often because of their insecurity or desperate need for conformity, will become incensed by the eyerolls and determine the child to be a problem. It seems to me that the main source of socialization for many kids, especially smart ones in public school, is found in learning how to cope with the egos of teachers who can’t teach and other kids who are uninterested in learning anything beyond dominating the social hierarchy.
Ledeen to Iran, “The answer is simple enough. We can’t work this out because the Islamic Republic has declared war on us, not the other way around. Iranian agents and Iranian weapons are killing Americans.” (Read it all at Faster, Please on PajamasXpress)
"Today the situation in Abbas' Palestinian Authority has deteriorated to a point where, for the first time, the number of Palestinians killed in internal strife was higher than those killed in clashes with Israeli security forces." Special Report to PJM by Khaled Abu Toameh
Many of my readers emailed to thank me for recommending a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2007/02/boys-just-want-to-have-fun.html”emThe Dangerous Book for Boys./em/a If you are still looking for some reading for the young man in your life, a href=”http://booksforkidsblog.blogspot.com/2007/02/making-it-as-modern-male-ya-novels-for.html” here are a couple /aof a href=”http://booksforkidsblog.blogspot.com/2007/02/making-it-as-modern-male-ii-ya-novels.html”recommendations/a for novels for the modern male at a terrific new blog full of book reviews: a href=”http://booksforkidsblog.blogspot.com/”Books for Kids./a
Abu Ayuuab al-Masri. In the sights, but still at large. By Richard Miniter, PJM Editor, Washington DC Media reports that the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq was captured today are false, our sources in the intelligence community tell us. Don't believe al Arabiya, Associated Press or Reuters, at least not yet.
B-1 Lancer over Baghdad. Photo: Omar Fadhil for PJ Media The "Surge" appears in the streets of the city. And overhead. Slowly and carefully. by Omar Fadhil, PJM Baghdad editor
Unidentified Iraqi. Probably not, as far as we know, "Jamil Hussein," or even "Jamil Gholaiem Hussein." What's in a name? When it comes to one that starts "Jamil Hussein," and involves the credibility of the Associated Press, quite a bit. From "Is AP Iraq source Jamil Hussein for real?" the story has morphed into "Who, exactly, is the source and what is his real name.?" Blogger Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee has been bulldogging this story from his sources in Iraq. Here's his latest update in this game of "Now we name him. Now we don't."
“When the law is in service to servitude, and its violation means freedom, then the choice for a good man is not hard.” An excerpt from Victor Davis Hanson’s forthcoming novel, No Man A Slave is available today on PajamasXpress at Works and Days.
a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G6BLFG?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlink_code=as3camp=211189creative=373489creativeASIN=B000G6BLFG”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/RdOpfOgmasI/AAAAAAAAAAM/XCYlcYZQgXU/s320/twolightscov.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”"id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5031551562638846658″ //abr /John Ondrasik, the singer of the band, emFive for Fighting/em, is an amazing artist not just for his terrific music, but for his ability to take a risk and (gasp!) actually write songs that are pro-American. He talks with us today about how he made it in the music business, his new album, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G6BLFG?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B000G6BLFG”Two Lights,/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;” / (get it here a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=172809976s=143441″from iTunes/a) and how he felt when his song, emSuperman (It’s not Easy)/em, became the anthem after the September 11th attacks. emSuperman/em is just one of the songs from his first album, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004YC29?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B00004YC29″America Town,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B00004YC29″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / that is appreciative of this country. br /br /If you typically do not listen to podcasts, listen to this one just to hear some samples of the wonderful songs John has written such as emTwo Lights/em, emThe Riddle/em, emWorld/em, emFreedom Never Cries /emand em100 years/em–a song you probably know from the JP Morgan Chase commercial. You can visit John’s new charity website at a href=”http://www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com/”www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com./abr /br /You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/02/14/the_glenn_and_helen_show_five.php”going here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file directly by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20070215-Ondraisik.mp3″clicking right here. /a You can get a lo-fi version suitable for download by going a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/02/14/the_glenn_and_helen_show_five.php”here /aand selecting lo-fi. And, of course, you can get a a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″free subscription via iTunes/a — and you should!br /br /This podcast is sponsored by Volvo automobiles ata href=”http://www.volvocars.us/” Volvocars.us/a.