When PJ Media heard the authenticity questions surrounding the "Baghdad Diarist" articles by Scott Thomas Beauchamp in The New Republic, we asked our Washington Editor Richard Miniter to look into how the respected opinion magazine could once again be the locus of such a scandal. Miniter spoke with several people involved in the extraordinary story, including the whistle-blower and a German woman who was Beauchamp's fiancée until just before he married, of all people, Miniter discovered, a fact-checker at The New Republic. That fiancée said of her former boyfriend, the soldier/reporter: "He hates the army. The only reason he joined was because he wanted to have more experience to write about." Read on for that and other explanations of how The New Republic got suckered. (PJ Media welcomes a response to our report from The New Republic.)
Meir Javedanfar argues that Tehran is feeling the heat for its meddling in Iraq. Not only has Iran become the target of threats from Al-Qaeda in Iraq, but Iranian forces have been attacked by PEJAK, an offshoot organization of the Kurdish PKK. Javedanfar contends "this could be the last opportunity the West has to force Iran to take the diplomatic channel seriously."
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PJM Paris: In a surprise move being described as a gesture to the US, Bernard Kouchner - France's foreign minister - visited Baghdad Sunday, the first French official to go to Iraq in several years. PJM Paris editor Nidra Poller is monitoring the immediate reaction of the French media to what may augur a fascinating policy change for a France with closer ties to America.
Fred Thompson got blasted for having the gaul to wear Guccis in Iowa. Instead of criticizing Fred, and condescending to the "rubes and hayseeds at the Iowa State Fair", the media should recognize that "Fred is the man of sound judgment, at least in the matter of feetwear," according to the only man with an opinion that matters, The Manolo.
Having trouble remembering your history lessons from grammar school? PJM columnist Sheryl Longin is too and thinks she knows why. The wrong things are being taught. Kids are interested in the history of how things work, not stories about Indians. And they should be!
Many readers email me to ask my recommendations for good self-help books on a variety of emotional or psychological issues. I thought it might be helpful to some of you (and easier for me to direct requests here) to have a post of my favorite books for what ails you or someone you care about. br /br /I will start with the most prevalent emails and google searches that this site gets: what to read when someone you care about has a href=”http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/bpd.cfm”Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)./a The best book I have found on the topic is a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/157224108X?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=157224108X”Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=157224108X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and its accompanying workbook a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1572242760?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1572242760″The Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1572242760″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / These books have very practical suggestions that are easy to implement and help to make sense of the disorder in a way that allows for understanding the person suffering from BPD, yet their focus is on the non-BPD individual who must interact and deal with someone with BPD. You can read more about the books in my a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/06/walking-on-eggshells-dealing-with.html”post on “Walking on Eggshells” here./a If you have a parent with BPD, try reading a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1572243287?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1572243287″Surviving a Borderline Parent: How to Heal Your Childhood Wounds Build Trust, Boundaries, and Self-Esteem./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1572243287″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / I read this book a few years ago for work and it really gave some good insight into how adult children of parents with BPD could learn to heal their wounds. br /br /Turning to another area of concern for some of you is dealing with anxiety and depression, whether about your job, your family, or life in general. I know I have harped on Albert Ellis’s work before but I do believe he has some of the best self-help books around for those with tendencies toward these two common problems. For anxiety related disorders, I recommend Ellis’s book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0806521368?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0806521368″How To Control Your Anxiety Before It Controls You/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0806521368″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and for depression, I recommend a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0806527382?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0806527382″How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable about Anything: Yes Anything!/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0806527382″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / An added bonus of these books is that not only do they teach you to lessen depression and anxiety, they teach how to live in a world where one is rejected frequently without letting it get the best of you.br /br /Another area where of concern for emailers and others is with the emotion of anger. Now, I have to say that I am one who believes that anger can be a positive emotion that leads us to action or anger can let us know that we feel that we are being treately unfairly. I do not believe in eradicating anger, for it has its benefits. However, the way it is expressed may not always be healthy for the individual. If you are dealing with anger that you feel is unhealthy, try reading Ellis’s a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0806520108?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0806520108″How To Control Your Anger Before It Controls You./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0806520108″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /Specifially for women who are dealing with anger, look at a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0826181007?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0826181007″Women and Anger, /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0826181007″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0671519735?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0671519735″Use Your Anger,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0671519735″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1572243791?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1572243791″The Anger Workbook for Women: How to Keep Your Anger from Undermining Your Self-Esteem, Your Emotional Balance, and Your Relationships. /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1572243791″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / The emWomen and Anger /embook is a bit old (1993) but has some terrific academic research and information on why women are angry and what to do about it. br /br /Finally, what are good books if you are dealing with a child who has emotional problems? This is difficult to narrow down as there are so many problems that afflict children. If your child has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, it’s a good idea to pick up a copy of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0767922972?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0767922972″The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood’s Most Misunderstood Disorder /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0767922972″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / by Demitri and Janice Papolos. The book is chockfull of information on how to deal with school, home, medication and other areas that are essential to monitor in order to stablize the mood of your bipolar child. One childhood problem that we don’t see talked about much is a href=”http://www.nimh.nih.gov/HealthInformation/ocdmenu.cfm”Obsessive Compulsive Disorder;/a it affects many kids, especially those who tend towards being a perfectionist. If you or your child has OCD, try a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553381172?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0553381172″Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions. /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0553381172″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / And last, but not least, if your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, my favorite expert on the topic is Russell Barkley who wrote a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1572305606?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1572305606″Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1572305606″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /br /br /Okay, I have just touched the surface of the self-help world but this post is already long enough so I will stop. Just as an aside, I used to scoff at self-help books and did not believe in them. I found out through trial and error that I was wrong and that many of them are helpful to millions of people–that is, if one can wade through the bad ones and find the gems. So do the rest of us a favor–if you have a self-help book to recommend, drop a line in the comments with the name of the book and why you like it.
GM’s Corner has a a href=”http://gmroper.mu.nu/archives/237519.php”tour of the Psych Bloggers:/a br /br /blockquoteIt has been a while since I last toured the Psych bloggers, those intrepid bunch of mental health professionals as we take a look at their take on politics, the human condition and anything else that catches my eye. Our usual bunch of suspects include: Dr. Helen, Dr. Sanity, Shrinkwrapped, neo-neocon, Assistant Village Idiot, One Cosmos (Gagdad Bob), Sigmund, Carl and Alfred, Its About Them, and this issue adds Dr. John Jay Ray, who will be familiar to many of you, Dr. Ray is a retired psychologist from down under./blockquotebr /br /a href=”http://gmroper.mu.nu/archives/237519.php”Go take a look/a.
PJM Bangkok: Nearly a year after the military coup ousting Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Thais go to the polls Sunday to vote on a new constitution that includes a provision to ban media moguls from holding office in the country. (Thaksin was one). In order for the international media to understand the motivations behind the draft constitution they need to get over "their horror that there was a coup in the first place."
We have a number of things to be grateful for as Americans, but first on the list should be the millions of ill-informed or careless voters that choose to stay home every election cycle. As Burt Prelutsky notes, "Far too many people are voting, as it is." [Download Burt's reading of this column in MP3.]
A week with no presidential debates is a relief of sorts for PJM political columnist William Bradley, who notes there's still several chances to hear the candidates in high profile public appearances. Plus, some fashion advice for Fred Thompson!
I read a href=”http://msn.careerbuilder.com/custom/msn/careeradvice/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1072SiteId=cbmsnhp1072sc_extcmp=JS_1072_home1GT1=10268″this article today at MSN/a entitled “Want a Bigger Salary? Prepare for Longer Work Week”:br /br /blockquoteDon’t think that Americans aren’t earning those paychecks. The MSN-Zogby poll shows a direct correlation between higher household incomes and the tendency to put in longer work weeks.br /br /More than one in three (37 percent) workers with $100,000 or more in household income say they typically work between 41 and 50 hours per week, and an additional 17 percent say they usually work more than 50 hours per week. Once household incomes reach less than $25,000, the tendency to work longer weeks decreases significantly: Only 8 percent of workers in this group work between 41 and 50 hours per week and just 2 percent work over 50 hours.br /br /Among those clocking more office hours, the majority are men and workers with children living at home. Sixteen percent of men claim to work more than 50 hours per week, but only half of that amount of women is likely to do the same. Finally, 17 percent of workers with children aged 17 and younger living at home are likely to put in a longer work week, but only 11 percent of those without kids have the same tendency./blockquotebr /br /This study coinsides with a emGlamour/em article (November 2006) I was reading last week entitled “Are You Normal at Work?” The article stated that only 32 percent of women ages 25-34 clock 35 or more hours per week. Apparently, part-time work and flexible work are important to women as 80% of women polled say they’d take extended time off to care for family in the future. Perhaps some of what we call unequal pay, particularly as women get older is the choice of many women to take off time to raise families, a noble endeavor. To really evaluate how much gender discrimination plays a part in pay, studies must focus on the same job performed by men and women working exactly the same number of hours in today’s market with the same requirements.
Not surprisingly, the first topic of this week’s show is Karl Rove leaving the White House. With David Corn still on vacation, Michelle Cottle, senior editor for The New Republic, sits in with Richard Miniter to discuss this, Hillary’s growing lead over Obama, and last week’s Ames Iowa straw poll. Click and watch!
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In the first installment of this series on parenting in America, PJM's Aaron Hanscom - a former teacher in South Central Los Angeles - bemoaned the effects of single-parent households on children. Now he looks at our "more advantaged" communities and takes on hyper-parenting (and hyper kids).
Okay, I’m not a href=”http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSN1535826020070815?pageNumber=1″sure how I feel about this /a (thanks TR for sending me the link!):br /br /blockquoteIt resembles a hand-held electric razor and is available in metallic pink, electric blue, titanium silver and black pearl.br /br /But it gives out a 50,000-volt jolt that short-circuits brain signals and momentarily incapacitates.br /br /Meet the sleek new C2 stun gun from Taser International in Scottsdale, a controversial device aimed mainly at women consumers that has sparked widespread concern among U.S. law enforcement and human rights groups.br /br /Police forces in the United States have been issued with Tasers since 1999 to subdue violent criminals. A pistol-like civilian version aimed at the self-defense market has been available since 1994.br /br /But the new, lighter, brighter designer version, which was launched in late July with a price tag of around $350, is small enough to tuck into a purse and packs the same paralyzing punch.br /br /”We wanted to make sure that it was something that people were comfortable carrying and didn’t make it look like they were ‘Dirty Harry,’” said Tom Smith, the company’s co-founder and board chairman, referring to the Clint Eastwood movie…br /br /But some of the nation’s top police authorities are concerned that the gadgets could easily wind up in the wrong hands. Amnesty International also is opposed, saying it can pose “serious harm” for women./blockquotebr /br /My question isn’t “should women be using it?” I think they should if it is used emproperly/em for self defense. I have some other questions: “Why does a tool used for self-defense have to look like something Barbie would carry?” And “isn’t it a bit sexist that Amnesty International is concerned only now that these weapons are being targeted to women when a pistol-like civilian version has been aimed at the self-defense market for the past 13 years?”
European media coverage of President Nicolas Sarkozy's dealings with Libya, and his trip to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire have been something less than positive. As Sarkozy takes a pounding for his supposedly too-close relationship with Moammar Ghadafi, PJM Paris editor Nidra Poller looks at the story behind the story, and finds it lacking.
Will this year finally be the year for the Cubbies? Rick Moran thinks it might be, if for no other reason than shear weight of odds. But when it comes to the longest active title drought in professional sports the continued benevolence of the baseball gods is never certain. If the curse stays on the DL, and Aramis Ramirez can stay off it, they just might have a chance to make history.
I was listening to Rush Limbaugh today and heard him talk about a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=475409in_page_id=1770″this new study out of the UK /ashowing that men from 35-44 are the most miserable:br /br /blockquoteSome might say that all they have to worry about is getting to work on time and the onset of a little middle-aged spread. br /br /But men in their late-30s and early-40s are the least content of all of us, it seems.br /br /Whether they are mourning the passing of their prime or struggling to cope with the demands of a job and young family, those aged 35-44 invariably hit a mid-life crisis when their happiness level plunges lower than at any other age, according to a study for the Government. br /br /It makes them the least satisfied members of society, scoring well below teenagers, the elderly – and women of all ages. br /br /Researchers found that it takes men until they reach the age of 65 to start enjoying life as much as they did in their late-teens and early-20s./blockquote br /br /It seems that if men were just concerned about not being in their prime, their happiness would not return when they reached 65. I wonder if the stress of often being the primary bread winner emand/em putting more time into child rearing than their fathers ever did are causes for some of this unhappiness? Try doing all of this while being dissed in the process and told that you are the cause of the world’s problems. No wonder men of this age feel down. After sixty-five, they become part of a protected group, the elderly. Then it’s time to relax. However, it would be much better if men in their 30′s until 65 could find some way to feel less miserable. If you have some tips, leave a comment.
Are American taxpayers unwittingly funding the Iranian regime's own propaganda? Ali Ghaderi and Karim Abdian contend that US government-funded Voice of America Persia and Radio Farda are ultimately damaging to American interests. Not only do these broadcasting services have sympathy for the ruling theocracy, but their inherent Persian bias alienates Iranian ethnic and religious minorities.
Robert Ayson, Director of Studies at the Australian National University's Strategic and Defence Studies Center, looks at whether the American deal to provide nuclear technology to India will fatally undermine the non-proliferation regime.
Mary Winkler a href=”http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/08/14/preacher.slain/index.html” could go free today /a(thanks to the reader who emailed me the link):br /blockquotebr /After spending a total of seven months in custody, the Tennessee woman who fatally shot her preacher husband in the back will be released as early as today.br /br /Mary Winkler, a 33-year-old mother of three girls, is expected to be freed from a mental health facility today or Wednesday, lawyer Steve Farese told CNN.br /br /Farese said his client will not talk to the news media because she continues to wage a legal battle to win custody of her girls and faces a $2 million civil suit filed by the parents of of her slain husband, Matthew Winkler.br /br /Mary Winkler likely will return to work at the dry cleaners in McMinnville, Tennessee, where she worked before the trial, Farese said.br /br /Winkler served about five months in county jail as she awaited trial, then spent two months undergoing therapy at a Tennessee mental health facility following her conviction for voluntary manslaughter. /blockquotebr /br /Five months in the county jail and and two months of therapy for shooting her husband in the back; it’s pathetic. But just as pathetic is the idea that these children should be given back to the woman who killed their father.
My a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2007/08/ask_dr_helen_3.php”column at PJM is up:/abr /br /blockquoteAre societal pressures preventing adults from getting what they want?br /br /PJM advice columnist Dr. Helen Smith approaches the question from two directions when she confronts the issues of a couple’s desire to pass on IVF eggs to a worthy recipient, and a man afraid to walk next to his wife for fear of getting in someone’s way./blockquotebr /br /a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2007/08/ask_dr_helen_3.php”Take a look./a
Are societal pressures preventing adults from getting what they want? PJM advice columnist Dr. Helen Smith approaches the question from two directions when she confronts the issues of a couple's desire to pass on IVF eggs to a worthy recipient, and a man afraid to walk next to his wife for fear of getting in someone's way.
Nidra Poller transliterates the French take on Sarkozy's visit to the good 'ol USA and reminds us through the media din that, "There are a whole lot of French people over here who would be glad to share hot dogs & hamburgers with you... if only they could get a word in edgewise."
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