Hollywood is a very different place today than it was in the 30s and 40s, when so many big stars enlisted in the military. Now, writes Burt Prelutsky, "you have everyone from Tim Robbins to Billy Crystal slandering the president and insisting that America is a far greater threat to democracy than China or Iran."
Score one for the Iranian regime, which is cleverly spinning the latest IAEA report in order to undermine Western sanctions. PJM analyst Meir Javedanfar warns that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad now has a golden opportunity to boost his standing at home and abroad.
Mainstream journalists are terrified that Google News will steal their power, but Steve Boriss argues that there are more serious threats to the media than a site that "is nothing more than a dumb, machine-driven aggregator of news from other sites."
PJM Reno: Forget Elvis sightings, drive-thru wedding chapels and loose slots, the real action in Vegas Thursday night was between Clinton, Obama, Edwards and more. Did Hillary draw a royal flush? Obama bust? The Anon Guy on who won, who lost and what debate question will go down in history as the stupidest ever.
Ron Silver’s support for the Bush Doctrine and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wasn’t very popular on the set of the West Wing. His response to the taunts of his colleagues: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but labels never hurt me.”
This week David Corn and Eli Lake -sitting in for Richard Miniter- chat about the latest Iowa poll results: Mike Huckabee unexpectedly a close second on the GOP side, and a virtual three-way tie among Dems. Also, the 'Bill factor' for Hillary, Ron Paul's strange friends, and much more. Click and watch! [MP3 audio version avaliable here]
Is there really an 'epidemic' of suicides among the US military, as a CBS report recently stated? Jules Crittenden, who has been in war zones, looks at what the numbers actually mean and reflects on the personal impact of close combat.
How many Mexicans are coming to America because their country's major malfunctions leave them with no other choice? The answer isn't zero, although that's what you might think after talking to certain Mexican politicans stuck in denial, writes Bridget Johnson.
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Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of the Blogosphere, PJM Political, hosted by Bill Bradley, catches up with Colonel Austin Bay in Abu Dhabi, Richard Miniter and Vaclav Havel in the Czech Republic, and extensive coverage of last week’s BlogWorld & New Media Expo in Las Vegas, including interviews with:
James Lileks on Hillary And Wolf
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The WBIR emStyle/em show here in Knoxville a href=”http://www.wbir.com/life/programming/local/style/story.aspx?storyid=51361″did a story /aon East Tennessee women bloggers featuring myself, Cathy at a href=”http://domesticpsychology.com/blog/”Domestic Psychology /aand a href=”http://www.katieallisongranju.com/”Katie Allison Granju, /a author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/067102762X?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=067102762X”emAttachment Parenting/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=067102762X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / The show is supposed to be about moms who stay home and connect on the internet. Yep, that’s yours truly, a sweet mom who just blogs her heart out to connect with others. You can view the video a href=”http://www.wbir.com/life/programming/local/style/story.aspx?storyid=51361″here–just click on the icon on your right./a
I was leafing through span style=”font-style:italic;”Psychology Today /span recently and came across a href=”http://psychologytoday.com/articles/pto-20071029-000003.xml”an interesting article on dreaming/a entitled, span style=”font-style:italic;”Dreams: Night School/span (you have to subscribe to get the whole article). The article takes a look at why we dream according to one Finnish researcher, Antti Revonsuo:br /br /blockquoteA dream researcher at the University of Turku, in Finland, Revonsuo believes that dreams are a sort of nighttime theater in which our brains screen realistic scenarios. This virtual reality simulates emergency situations and provides an arena for safe training. As Revonsuo puts it, “the primary function of negative dreams is rehearsal for similar real events, so that threat recognition and avoidance happens faster and more automatically in comparable real situations.” br /br /Faced with actual life-or death-situations–traffic accidents, terrorist attacks, street assaults–some people report entering a mode of calm, rapid response, reacting automatically, almost without thinking. Afterward they often say the episode felt unreal, as if it were all a dream. Threat simulation, Revonsuo believes, is why. br //blockquotebr /br /Revonsuo began studying dreams and had his students keep logs. He found that dreams were filled with “dangerous events, negative emotions, monsters, chases, escapes, fights and near-death experiences. These weren’t the misfirings of diseased brains. Threat dreams were span style=”font-style:italic;”the norm,/span accounting for a staggering two thirds of all dreams.”br /br /So, next time you have nightmares and wonder what the heck is wrong with you, just remember, it may be nothing more than a rehearsal for dealing with real life danger and your mind’s way of learning to more quickly and efficiently respond to that danger.
[UPDATED] Has the Al Dura trial had its Rosemary Woods missing tapes moment? It certainly sounds that way. PJM's Nidra Poller , who witnessed the drama that unfolded yesterday in the hall of Paris' Palais de Justice, reports. [PJM Al Dura background coverage here]
PJM Agency, Iowa: With less than 50 days left before the Iowa caucuses, many Iowans haven't made up their minds who they're going to support. The results "may very well end up coming down to which candidate can get the most grassroots supporters to the individual caucuses," writes PJM correspondent Brian Pickrell.
How did a guy with self-described "lefty, progressive, dirty hippie" politics end up in one of the most conservative communities in the U.S.? Robert Rummel-Hudson made the move for the reason he does everything - for his daughter Schuyler. Like many other families seeking suitable education for their special needs children, they "live like gypsies, packing up and following hope."
PJM London: How would you like to be confronted with sculptures of disembodied panda's heads and pink-haired poets as you go about your daily commute? Emily Henderson wants the British transportation authorities to stop imposing their (bad) taste in art on her, and put the money to better use - like improving service or lowering the (high) price of her ticket.
John Hawkins at Right Wing News a href=”http://www.rightwingnews.com/mt331/2007/11/the_kathleen_willey_interview.php”has an interview up/a with Kathleen Willey, the author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0974670162?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0974670162″Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0974670162″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / I have the book here in the house and have yet to read it–but I look forward to doing so and seeing what she has to say.
Should involuntary fathers have to foot the bill? Advice Goddess Amy Alkon says no:br /br /blockquoteMen who make it clear they don’t want kids shouldn’t be forced to pay child support, writes Amy Alkon, who has no patience for unscrupulous women luring unwitting partners into checkbook daddyhood./blockquotebr /br /Read the a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2007/11/daddy_nobucks.php”whole thing here./abr /br /Update: You can see more about this debate on men’s reproductive rights at an old post of mine a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/10/misandric-tv.html”on the same topic here. /a
techPresident has launched 10Questions, an experiment in people-powered online democracy. Created by Micah Sifry, Andrew Rasiej and David Colarusso, 10Questions allows everyone to ask a video question to the 2008 presidential candidates, and to rally support for their question. The candidates can post in-depth replies, and the community will be able to grade the answers. PJ Media is one of its sponsors: vote on the best questions to pose to the candidates !
In this exclusive interview from Prague with PJM's Richard Miniter, former Czech Republic president V√°clav Havel takes on U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and even the mullahs of Iran.
Men who make it clear they don't want kids shouldn't be forced to pay child support, writes Amy Alkon, who has no patience for unscrupulous women luring unwitting partners into checkbook daddyhood.
Denmark’s Prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen scored a historic victory in Tuesday’s national elections, Flemming Rose reports. In spite of opinion polls speaking to the contrary the coalition that has governed Denmark for the last six years will be able to continue at the helm of power.
Veterans Day came and went without even a mention at some schools. Nelson Guirado, a teacher and a parent, bemoans the fact that the only things our children seem to be learning about America is that it's a "land filled with racism, prejudice, and unfairness."
a href=”http://doctoranonymous.blogspot.com/2007/11/grand-rounds-volume-4-number-8.html”Grand Rounds is up /aat Doctor Anonymous’s blog.br /br /Update: And of course, check out the a href=”http://blog.nerdfamily.com/2007/11/homeschooling-carnival-i-am-thankful.html”Homeschooling Carnival /aat Nerd Family Blog.