Koran is particular but not unique. There are other Revelations, but the universal is contained in the Koran as in the flame of the candle is to be found the secret of the sun. This is the fourth Letter on Islam written by Salim Mansur in response to a non-Muslim writer. Letter I is HERE. Letter II is HERE. Letter III is HERE.
By now, many of you may have read or heard about a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/15/arts/15oped.html?ei=5090en=a0e8f4e8dd0bb18aex=1331611200adxnnl=1partner=rssuserlandemc=rsspagewanted=alladxnnlx=1174216180-zAkp1jCGAGGIliy0fx+Vpw”this recent emNYT/em article /aabout the dearth of women on the op-ed pages of major newspapers:br /br /blockquoteWhatever other reasons may explain the lack of women’s voices on the nation’s op-ed pages, the lack of women asking to be there is clearly part of the problem. Many opinion page editors at major newspapers across the country say that 65 or 75 percent of unsolicited manuscripts, or more, come from men./blockquote br /br /The article describes the “altruisim” of Catherine Orenstein, an author and activist, who gallantly contributes her time to teach women how to write and submit op-eds to major newspapers–sometimes to the tune of $5000 per group to attend a few lousy seminars. Ms. Orenstein lets the women in the seminars know that they are too likely to write to influence public policy, change the world or offer a new perspective, when instead, they should be thinking of fame, fortune and a TV series coming out of their writing. Okay, Orenstein should know, given that she is charging a small fortune to learn how to write an op-ed. br /br /What I find troubling is the lack of initiative that these women display. Why not take matters into their own hands, research how to do a task on their own without a “guru” to tell them they are okay and that their words matter? For goodness sakes, it’s an op-ed, not rocket science. Talking is good sometimes, but so is action. Why waste valuable time at a seminar getting your courage up when for free, you can go to the local library, get a book on how to write a persuasive argument and read it in your spare time–all in the same amount of time it would take you to get to a seminar that may cost a bundle? For example, when I was writing my book, I used a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0471353124?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0471353124″emWrite the Perfect Book Proposal/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0471353124″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / by agent Jeff Herman (who took me on as a client) as an outline and it was terrific. From this book, I used his techniques to write op-eds, submitted them and a href=”http://www.violentkids.com/violence_articles.html”got a number /aof them published. The cost? $10.85 for the book and a few hours of my time to write each article. br /br /And speaking of economics, if a group is paying $5000 for a seminar, how many op-eds would the group have to write to make their time worthwile? A lot. Op-eds sometimes pay nothing or $150.00 to $450.00 per piece–even for the emNew York Times/em. I once made $350.00 for a solicited article from the emLos Angeles Times /emand thought I’d hit paydirt. So, moral of the story, don’t waste your time paying someone to get you off your butt, massage your ego and teach you something you could learn with a little self-discipline and motivation. br /br /Because in terms of economics and perhaps even success, most people are better off doing their own research — heck, a href=”http://www.idausa.org/ir/activist/makenews.html#11″use the internet/a — patting themselves on the back and getting the fax numbers of the major newspapers around the country (an easy task) and blasting out their op-ed to ten papers at a time until somebody bites. Talking all of the time about how to get things done often defeats the purpose of…getting things done!
Everyone is happy in the collective! The anti-liberal messages of identitarianism and collective thought are on the table for this week's podcast. Are the two sides of the political spectrum existing in parallel realities with their own facts and narratives? Protein Wisdom's Jeff Goldstein, Neo-neocon, and host Austin Bay find the whole mess doubleplusungood. Ed Driscoll produces. Brought to you by Volvo USA.
PajamasXpress author Bill Bradley has been tracking the rise of Obama very, very closely. “Obama is drawing big crowds everywhere, including 20,000 in the rain in Austin, Texas three weeks ago. Crowds don’t mean everything, but they mean something. Especially when coupled with much improved showings against Republicans in general election match-ups.” Read his latest report HERE.
Webutante, one of the readers of this blog, is blogging about her adventures in Israel this week and quotes a href=”http://webutante.blogspot.com/2007/03/high-school-students-talk-about-their.html”some Israeli high school students /adiscussing their upcoming military duty while on a tour in the more remote region of Yoav, south of Tel Aviv. a href=”http://webutante.blogspot.com/”Go take a look /ato read more about her trip and see pictures!
Uhh, John, a href=”http://www.rightwingnews.com/mt331/2007/03/qa_friday_61_describe_your_per_1.php”all of emus/em women /arolled into one is wayyyy too much for any one man to handle.
Imprisioned Egyptian blogger and 22-year-old former law student Abdel Karim Suleiman Egypt Moves to Eliminate Freedom to Protest, Freedom to Assemble, Freedom to Speak by "Sandmonkey"*
I saw at PJ Media that Michael Crichton a href=”http://www.pjmedia.com/2007/03/crichton_debates_global_warmin.php”won a recent debate /aagainst global warming advocates:br /br /blockquoteThe Global Warming skeptics team led by Michael Crichton defeated the Global Warming advocates led by Brenda Ekwurzel in a debate moderated by Brian Lehrer before a live audience in New York City. Before the debate the organizers polled 57.32% to 29.88% in favor of Global Warming, but after the debate the numbers flipped to 46.22% to 42.22% in favor of the skeptics./blockquotebr /br /I am certainly glad that Crichton and his colleagues changed some minds at the debate but it makes me wonder, “Isn’t it kind of astounding that such a high percentage of people changed their minds about global warming over emone/em debate?” It makes me wonder what happens when emAn Inconvenient Truth /emis a href=”http://technocrat.net/d/2007/2/2/14259″shown in schools /a without any scientists or experts on the other side to balance out the views of global warming advocates. If adults can change their mind this quickly when given another view of global warming or perhaps any political message for that matter, then what does it do to kids to give them one side of an issue without emequally/em presenting the other side?
Are a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=2951718page=1″Christian men too wimpy/a? (Thanks to the reader who sent this to me):br /br /blockquoteThree hundred men — all Christian — gathered behind closed doors at a Tennessee mall trying to figure out the difference between being “nice” (which is not good) and being “good” (which is). They struggled in the dimly lit hall — after a Christian rock band handed it off to the comic in charge — to make sense of the message they were hearing from the stage: that church has been “feminized” and that the Jesus talked about in many modern churches is too wimpy and gentle./blockquotebr /br /At the end of the article, there is discussion about men liking pornography–and how they “may simmer in shame indefinitely, rather than ask for help to stop.” It seems like a double bind here, first, the men are considered too wimpy and yet, they are also supposed to ask for help for looking at pornography. Huh?
Like many Iranians the world over, Los Angeles based filmmaker Ardeshir Arian -- no supporter of the current Iranian regime -- casts a critical eye on the movie's portrayal of the ancient Persian Empire, and wonders if the filmmakers behind "300" haven't confused the ruling class of that era with the vastly different culture of today.
Is Iran's honeymoon in Iraq over? There are increasing signs that it is. An exclusive report from Baghdad by Mohammed Fadhil, PJM's editor in Iraq
So it’s best a href=”http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=8917419″not to have a heart attack /aon the weekend, lest you be unable to get to a cath lab within 90 minutes (h/t: a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2007/03/if-youre-not-getting-enough-althouse.html”Ann Althouse/a, a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/003349.php”guestblogging at Instapundit/a). I am glad that some hospitals like the one that is quoted in the article are concerned about treating patients quickly, but they still seem a href=”http://www.medhelp.org/general/silent.htm”to miss the point/a that just as important as getting people quickly into treatment is recognizing that they are having a heart attack in the first place:br /br /blockquoteThe largest ones are equipped. Massachusetts General Hospital has one of Boston’s busiest emergency rooms. On one afternoon this week, all the chairs were filled with patients waiting to be seen.br /br /But cardiologist Jim Januzzi says there is no wait for a patient who comes in with chest pain. Doctors and nurses leap into action to see whether that patient is having a heart attack./blockquotebr /br /But guess what? Up to a href=”http://www.medhelp.org/general/silent.htm”one in four heart attacks/a, especially in women, (but they also happen in men) are silent heart attacks that cause damage and even death, but the symptoms are atypical–no chest pain involved–and unbelievably, many doctors and hospital staff do not look for heart problems if there is no chest pain present. There are symptoms of a silent heart attack; these include, shortness of breath, heartburn that worsens with exertion, nausea, fainting, profuse sweating, and feelings of overwhelming doom. br /br /So, a few things to remember to protect your heart health–know which hospitals in your area have a cath lab open on the weekends or have your heart attack during the week and remember that chest pain is not the only indicator of a heart attack. I never had chest pain with my heart attack and this baffled doctors for ages. Take your health into your own hands and if you are having symptoms other than chest pain and feel that it might be heart-related, speak up and demand that the docs treat the symptoms seriously and immediately. Waiting too late like I did could end in disability, heart damage or death.
December, 2006 Rate of Inflation, 1,740%. Unemployment, 80%. HIV infection rate, 33%. Life expectancy, 34. Motto: "Unity, Freedom, Work." National anthem: Kalibusiswe Ilizwe leZimbabwe "Blessed be the land of Zimbabwe" An Interview by Richard Fernandez, PJM Sydney
The United States of the 21st century believes that it can negotiate with Islamic totalitarians post-9/11. This week's podcast focuses on such frailties of human hearts and minds with input from an expert on the subject: Dr. Kenneth Levin, psychiatrist and author of %%AMAZON=1575254174 The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege%%.
Romano Prodi, PM Italy, and Silvio Sircana, Speaker Adultery, transvestites, and a paparazzo's plot to blackmail Silvio Sircana, speaker for Romano Prodi's Italian government, leads to an official order to Italian newspapers in general and Il Giornale especially, to stop publishing the facts or face sanctions. A Special Report to PJ Media by Mario Sechi
France's Monsieur Le Pr√©sident is Getting Off the Stage Before the Lights of Europe Go Out. by Nidra Poller, PJM Paris editor, 14 March 2007 Illustration by Cox & Forkum
"Our fate is now inextricably linked to Iraq's. And our divisions cannot be allowed to become so deep that we cannot find unity in the face of Islamist extremism...." From a speech by Senator Joseph Lieberman to AIPAC
There is an interesting article in a href=”http://drrobertepstein.com/pdf/Trashing%20Teens%20-%20Psychology%20Today%20-%20Epstein%20Interview%20-%20Apr%202007%20Issue.pdf”Psychology Today /a this month with psychologist Robert Epstein, the author of a new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/188495670X?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=188495670X”emThe Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=188495670X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Epstein says that “teens are far more competent than we assume, and most of their problems stem from restrictions placed on them.” Epstein mentions the trend starting about 100 years ago to extend childhood well into the 20′s. “The age at which Americans reach adulthood is increasing–30 is the new 20–and most Americans now believe a person isn’t an adult until age 26.”br /br /Epstein looks at this extension of childhood as happening primarily through the school systems and restrictions on labor: “The two systems evolved together in the late 19th-century; the advocates of compulsory-education laws also pushed for child-labor laws, restricting the ways young people could work, in part to protect them from the abuse of the new factories. The juvenile justice system came into being at the same time. All of these systems isolate teens from adults, often in problematic ways.”br /br /I think that Epstein makes some good points, especially a href=”http://drrobertepstein.com/pdf/Trashing%20Teens%20-%20Psychology%20Today%20-%20Epstein%20Interview%20-%20Apr%202007%20Issue.pdf”when he says /athat “teens learn most of what they know from other teens who are highly influenced by certain aggressive industries. This makes no sense. Teens should be learning from the people they are about to become. When young people exit the education system and are dumped into the real world, which is not the world of Britney Spears, they have no idea what’s going on and have to spend considerable time figuring it out.” br /br /I agree with Epstein that this infantilization is making teens angry and depressed. When your body screams you are an adult and the adults around you keep insisting you are a child, it has to be frustrating. a href=”http://www.violentkids.com/articles/violence_article_3.html”I wrote an op-ed /aalong these lines entitled, “Don’t Treat Teens like Babies,” about nine years ago but I think some of the points I made then are still relevant to teens and responsibility today.br /br /What do you think–do we infantilize teens and young people to the point where they are having a hard time making it as adults in the real world?
By Richard Miniter, PJM Washington Editor The U.S. is in serious discussions with commanders of the Mahdi Army to lay down their arms, an intelligence officer directly involved in Iraq operations told PJ Media Tuesday. The American intelligence official spoke under the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the issue.
I went to one of the local health food stores here to pick up dinner and remembered why I rarely shop for organic or “health” food. It costs a fortune! And it’s fattening. In my basket was some vitamin water, two apples (I am allergic but nonetheless bought some), a half pound of grapes, some organic chicken salad, potato soup, and one tiny box of sushi–the bill? $45.23 Doesn’t that seem like a lot? I pretty much gave up on health food stores after moving from New York to Knoxville years ago. I used to go all the time in graduate school, thinking it was healthy but I was twenty pounds heavier and finally figured out that a href=”http://www.tofutti.com/pints.0.asp”Tofutti/a was not low calorie and it has more fat than ice cream. I think tomorrow night, it’s back to shopping at the regular grocery store where at least one doesn’t have to have a trust fund in order to shop there.
Ann Althouse and her commenters a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2007/03/do-sociopaths-care-what-people-think.html”explore the question /aof whether Bill Clinton has sociopathic traits.
Last week an extraordinary event took place in St. Petersburg, Florida. For the first time, a group of Muslims gathered together to take back their faith from the radicals who would hijack it. PJ Media attended and produced several video interviews with notable Muslims who were there. Along with a video taking in the meeting as a whole, here are two interview with two of the leading participants. 1. "Al Qaeda has made a fatal mistake:" Richard Miniter interviews author and columnist Nibras Kazimi on the current concept of "the restoration of the Caliphate." 2. How to Separate Mosque from State: Richard Miniter interviews author Ibn Warraq on Muslim secularism and Islam. Videos created and produced by Andrew Marcus for PJ Media.
“… our diplomats schmoozed with Iranians. We reminded them that we’re unhappy with their meddling in Iraq and their murder of our children. They replied by suggesting we set a firm date for our retreat from Iraq. And today there were more suicide bombers at work, which is the real Iranian reply.” Michael Ledeen @ Faster Please observes how, when it comes to “negotiating” with the Iranians, everything new is old again. (Read it all @ Faster Please!)
I saw on MSN that male birth control pills are a href=”http://health.msn.com/centers/mensexualhealth/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100157847″getting closer to being released /ato the market. MSN asks men, “Will you use them?” Take a look at the comments, they are a href=”http://boards.live.com/Healthboards/thread.aspx?BoardID=135ThreadID=226882″pretty entertaining/a.