John Ondrasik is Five for Fighting. Unless you've been living in a cave in Waziristan, you've heard his songs like 100 Years, Superman, and The Riddle. But the title cut to his latest album, %%AMAZON=B000G6BLFG Two Lights,%% turns out to come from a lunch with none other than blogosphere fave Victor Davis Hanson. Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith talk to Ondrasik about politics in the music business, what drives his songwriting, what aspiring musicians should do to make it, and more -- including his new web-video-based viral charity enterprise, What Kind of World Do You Want? This podcast is sponsored by Volvo USA.
Cathy Young ponders the question in her post: a href=”http://cathyyoung.blogspot.com/2007/02/pandagate-and-anti-male-bigotry.html”PandaGate and anti-male bigotry./a
Surveillance camera at Atocha station, March 11 2004, 7:37 am by John Chappell, special for PJM On March 11 2004, ten bombs in four commuter trains in Madrid killed 191 people and sent shock waves across Spain's political system. John Chappell explains on the day that Spain's trial of the century starts.
"Ruthless Punishment to U.S. Imperialism." North Korean Central News Agency Poster The nations along the Pacific Rim relaxed slightly this week with the announcement of a new deal with North Korea to pull back on its nuclear program in exchange for aid. But how "new" and how "dependable" is this deal? PJ Media's Richard Fernandez interviewed Dr. Robert Ayson, a senior fellow in Strategy and Defense at the Australian National University, to ask whether the new deal recently struck with North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for a relaxation of economic sanctions has any chance of holding.
Peter Lillelid’s reply when reporter Brittany Bailey asked him what he thought of America after being shot by six teenagers ten years ago. a href=”http://www.wbirtv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=42225″Here is the full story /afrom WBIR in Knoxville with videos (click on the upper right video icons) of Peter’s life in Sweden with his new family. He seems like an amazing young man.
by Jules Crittenden, Special to PJM Congress has decided to make itself useful. Congress has started talking. Congress doesn't intend to stop talking for three days. All 435 members. Let's listen in:
Now that presidential campaigns last two years — and that’s just officially — an election is going on just about half the time, the other half being spent recovering from the last one. At least the ’06 – ’08 campaign isn’t lacking for interesting candidates, featuring one of the most diverse groups ever. The Squad takes a look at the frontrunners, the interminable process, and the terminal effect it’s having on the electorate. [LISTEN]
PJ Media’s Bill Bradley has been following Rudy Giuliani on the hustings in California. (Bill will be similarly covering John McCain and Hillary Clinton on their trips to the Golden State in coming weeks).
Here, at a press conference in the Silicon Valley, Giuliani responds to a press question about Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth and discusses the global warming issue in general.
A a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17124042/”mass shooting took place /aat a Salt Lake City shopping mall last night:br /br /blockquoteA historic mall’s winding hallways became a shooting gallery for a gunman in a trench coat who fired a shotgun randomly at customers, slaying five before being killed by police, authorities and witnesses said.br /br /For hours after Monday evening’s rampage at the Trolley Square shopping mall, police searched stores for scared, shocked shoppers and employees who were hunkered down awaiting a safe escort.br /br /Marie Smith, 23, a Bath Body Works manager, saw the gunman through the store window. She watched as he raised his gun and fired at a young woman approaching him from behind….br /br /Matt Lund was visiting his wife, Barbara, manager of the Secret Garden children’s clothing store, when he heard the first shots. The couple and three others hid in a storage room for about 40 minutes, isolated but still able to hear the violence.br /br /On the way out, Lund said, he saw a woman’s body face-down at the entrance to Pottery Barn Kids and a man’s body on the floor in the mall’s east-west corridor. “There were a lot of blown out store windows and shot gun shell casings all over the floor,” Lund said. “It was quite surreal.”/blockquotebr /br /This incident goes to show that violence can happen at any place at any time, in the most unexpected of places. People often think that if they live in a “safe neighborhood” nothing bad will happen to them, but this is simply not true. I learned a long time ago in my work that the troubled mind can show itself in the most unexpected of places, and it no longer surprises me that violence like this exists; my only comfort is that it does not happen more often.br /br /Update:a href=”http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/g/33005b05-5d4e-46be-b651-cbaab640f4cd” Hugh Hewitt /aand a href=”http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006868.htm”Michelle Malkin /ahave more information on the shooter.
John Hawkins at Right Wing News did a mini interview with me on the topic of violent kids. a href=”http://www.rightwingnews.com/mt331/2007/02/a_miniinterview_with_dr_helen.php”You can read it here./a
PM John Howard reacts to the controversy during a session at the Australian parliament
UPDATE: From Frenzy to Footnote. Richard Fernandez speaks with Tim Blair, blogger and the opinion editor for Sydney's Daily Telegraph on the 'psychotic snowball effect' that followed Howard's remarks in Australia. Listen HERE All politics is local, the saying goes, and Prime Minister John Howard's controversial comment that terrorists were likely "praying" for an Obama victory didn't take place in a vacuum. PJM editor Richard Fernandez offers the view from Sydney.
Night Checkpoint in Baghdad. Painting by Steve Mumford Of things that go bump in the night. by PJM Baghdad Editor Omar Fahdil of Iraq the Model Last night was a sleepless one for me. It dragged on until around 4 in the morning and though exhausted I couldn't sleep. I've come to actually like these times because at this hour 99% of Baghdad's private generators are shut down and the city becomes, for a brief period, enjoyably silent.
By PJM Media Editor, Catherine Seipp "Anna, Anna, fabulous Anna, Anna Nicole. You're so outrageous..." So went the theme song from E!'s old "The Anna Nicole Show," whose debut a few years ago around the late star quickly made it "the biggest reality series premiere in cable history," as the E! promos regularly reminded the press at the time.
The fourth week of the PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL has officially begun. Over 42,000 votes were cast in the first three weeks. You can now vote in the third week in both parties: Click to open the voting booth at top of center column of PJM's front page. You can vote weekly for candidates in both parties --we encourage you to vote in both. IMPORTANT ALERT: The perspicacious PJM tech staff has detected significant spamming in the third week of the poll and isolated the cheaters. In some cases they voted hundreds of times from the same IP for the same candidate. No, we are not taking these people to the woodshed (or even naming their names), but we are listing the locations of the miscreants and deducting their votes accordingly. Without help from spammers, Rudy Giuliani (32%) and Bill Richardson (37.6%) were easy winners on the Republican and Democratic sides respectively. Here are the spam locations from which votes were deducted - (shame on them... but if they want to waste their lives on this, who are we to stop them): Source: an IP number in Hong Kong Spam votes: more than 1,000 for Barack Obama, mixed with hundreds of votes for various R candidates; all marked invalid. Source: Comcast cable Internet connection in New Jersey Spam votes: almost 1,000 votes for Mitt Romney Source: someone behind a proxy at a large aircraft manufacturer Spam votes: more than 400 votes for Ron Paul Source: Charter cable Internet connection in St Louis Spam votes: more than 200 votes for Ron Paul Source: another user of a proxy at a large manufacturer of aircrafts Spam votes: more than 200 votes for Ron Paul Source: someone at the University of South Carolina Spam votes: 85 votes for Ron Paul
Ron Rosenbaum examines the attack and how holocaust denial is used to pave the way for a Second Holocaust. Ron Rosenbaum @ PajamasXpress.
NHS Blog Doctor:a href=”http://nhsblogdoc.blogspot.com/2007/02/raw-deal-for-women.html” A Raw Deal for Women./a
Glenn and I attended a a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/2007/02/post_2411.php”blogfest of Tennessee bloggers /a at a href=”http://www.calhouns.com/”Calhoun’s/a in Knoxville last night and had quite a nice time. The consensus from other bloggers who attended seems to be that it was quite an achievement that about 25 or so bloggers and their family members got along and/or did not start a bar brawl for almost three whole hours while conversing over ribs (or in my case, salad). I sat next to a blogger, a href=”http://www.perry-nelson.com/blog/2007/02/10/an-interesting-evening/”Perry Nelson/a, who posts the following about the event:br /br /blockquoteIt was a very civil gathering, I thought, despite the fact that a group of that size represented almost every variation of political, social and cultural perspective imaginable…..I had the pleasure of dining between Dr. Helen Smith, a.k.a. Mrs. Glenn Reynolds, on the one side anda href=”http://www.lissakay.com/index.php/weblog/comments/blogfest/” Ms. Lissa Kay/a, with whom I worked at ClientLogic a while back, on the other. In the two hours and forty-five minutes the group spent together we made cultured conversation and behaved quite respectably. Quite an achievement, if you ask me, for a group of such potentially disruptive forces in the community./blockquotebr /br /a href=”http://www.saysuncle.com/archives/2007/02/10/calling_you_out/”SayUncle/a makes a few observations about the cast of characters:br /br /blockquoteA few things on meeting other bloggers: br /br /There were no laptops (that shocked me). br /br /There was very little discussion of politics. br /br /Every few seconds, someone’s camera flashed. br /br /Dr. Helen doesn’t like to be called Dr. Helen. br /br /I was only called crazy once./blockquotebr /br /So here are a few tips I garnered from this shindig, for the benefit of other bloggers who attend blogfests and who want a good time: br /br /1) Keep the party short–no more than three hours, bloggers have a href=”http://www.saysuncle.com/archives/2007/02/10/calling_you_out/”short attention spans/a but can generally behave in public for about that length of time. If the party goes longer, who knows where the alcohol and conversation will lead. Nowhere good, that’s for sure.br /br /2) Do not discuss individual views of politics lest the person sitting next to you would not vote for a “Rethuglican” or “Leftard” if their life depended on it. Just a thought, why is it that grown people in their 30′s, 40′s or even 50′s who pride themselves on being progressive or civil always refer to others who do not think like themselves with such names? br /br /3) Do not call anyone crazy more than once: it is bad manners (but then, you would know that if you spent more time away from the computer screen and around real live people!) and most importantly: br /br /4) Keep the alcohol flowing freely; an open bar puts everyone in a good mood. For some people, alcohol seems to bring out their violent side, but for bloggers, it seems to put them into a friendly stupor where they open up and share their darkest secrets. As long as the secrets are not political, all seems to go well. And finally:br /br /5) Have fun — how often do you get to meet your fellow bloggers in the flesh? Kind of likea href=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/2007/02/post_2428.php” meeting Mick Jagger /aor something.
An earlier trip to the Golden State - Giuliani with the Hollywood Foreign Press, August 2006 Rudy Giuliani was the keynote luncheon speaker at the California Republican Convention in Sacramento on Saturday. PajamasXpress blogger Bill Bradley of New West Notes was there for this exclusive report. Bradley will be following the nascent Giuliani campaign for PJ Media as it barnstorms through California with interviews and video to follow.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost ten years since thea href=”http://weeklywire.com/ww/04-20-98/knox_feat.html” 1997 murders /aof the Lillelid family–the documentary, a href=”http://www.sixthemovie.com/”Six/a, that me and my fellow filmmakers produced in 2003 and 2004 tells the story of the murders and explores the background of the six teens who took the lives of an innocent family. Today, the one sole survivor, Peter Lillelid, only a toddler at the time of the tragedy, is living with his relatives in Sweden. WBIR, one of our local news stations here in Knoxville sent a reporter to Sweden to find out how Peter was doing. a href=”http://www.wbirtv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=41942″Here is some information /aand a few pictures on his life there. If you are in the Knoxville area, you can catch the complete report on Peter Lillelid’s life in Sweden which will air on 10News at 6 and 11 on Tuesday, February 13. Hopefully, WBIR will put the footage of Peter online so I can link to it next week for those of you who would like to see more about this brave young boy who survived a mass shooting. It is amazing that the human spirit can endure, despite the cruelty of some of our fellow human beings.
Forensic psychologist Steven K. Erickson has a fascinatinga href=”http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=962469″ law review article /athat focuses on the meeting of the law and the mind. Erickson reviews the book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/019518176X?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=019518176X”Minds on Trial: Great Cases in Law and Psychology,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=019518176X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /”an upfront and personal account of twenty of the leading cases in forensic psychology.” br /br /a href=”http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=962469″Read the whole thing/a–you will find it worth your time.
I switched to New Blogger this morning and the change was painless. Let’s hope the kinks have been worked out and that the change stays smooth!
Michael Ledeen joins Blog Week in Review to discuss all things Iran. Listen to the real story on UN sanctions, the EU-3, Hezbollah, nukes, Iraq interference, and regime change. Austin Bay hosts and asks the questions. Ed Driscoll produces.
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Blog Week in Review – Michael Ledeen
The best of the week @ Pajamas:
The Old Mom Freak Show – No sex, old lies, and fertility drugs add up to a new low. (Cathy Seipp)
The Watada Doctrine – Jules Crittenden on the deeper meaning behind the court martial of Lt. Ehren Watada.
Mourning in America – Richard Miniter on the life of Jeane Kirkpatrick.
Sanity Squad: Imminent Overreaction – Has “Chicken Little left the barnyard?”
The Cool Water of the Koran – A letter on Islam. (Salim Mansur)
PajamasXpress Blogger Bill Bradley reminds us that
- Clint Eastwood doesn’t like the Iraq War
- Senator Tim Johnson is recovering well from his brain hemmorage of two months ago.
- Last month was the warmest January on record.
- He mourns the death of his future wife, Anna Nicole Smith
- With an early primary set for California all the Presidential candidates will be digging for gold and votes in the Golden State soon.
All these and more @ New West Notes.