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Friday, February 29th, 2008

Fuse TV a href=”http://fuse.tv/tv/live-through-this/index.php”has a new series/a called span style=”font-style:italic;”Live Through This/span about rock stars who have bad things happen to them. The show “takes a look at some of your favorite musicians and their heroic tales of recovery.” br /br /I was interviewed for the pilot show that featured Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue–remember them, 1980′s, a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYhGi65Lijg”"Smoking in the Boys Room?”/a In the show, Sixx talks about the addiction problems that almost killed him. Since getting clean, Sixx is now working with a href=”https://secure.ga1.org/05/runningwild”Covenant House California /ato raise awareness of addiction in youth. He is also the author of a new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743486285?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0743486285″emThe Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0743486285″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and has released a new CD, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SM7QUC?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B000SM7QUC”The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000SM7QUC” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / br /br /The next episode airs on Fuse TV on Sunday, March 2nd at 2:00 pm Eastern. br /br /You can watch a YouTube clip with some of my interview here:br /br /object width=”425″ height=”350″ param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/5VwvYT9QkT4″ /param embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/5VwvYT9QkT4″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”425″ height=”350″ /embed /object

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Heir Command: Prince Harry Leaves Afghanistan

Friday, February 29th, 2008 - by Mr. Eugenides

Prince Harry has been pulled out of Afghanistan after Drudge disclosed his deployment there. Mr. Eugenides is impressed by the royal -- and the British media.

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In Focus: Suffer the Children — Hillary’s New Ad in Texas

Friday, February 29th, 2008 - by Michael Weiss

Hillary's latest "ringing phone" TV spot has aired in Texas. It won't help her chances there, says Michael Weiss.

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Percentage of Male Teachers Hits 40-Year Low

Friday, February 29th, 2008

An a href=”http://spotlight.encarta.msn.com/Features/encnet_Departments_CareerTraining_default_article_MissingMaleTeachers.html?GT1=10887″MSN article notes /a that male teachers continue to take a nosedive (Thanks Mike): br /br /blockquoteAccording to statistics recently released by the National Education Association (NEA), men made up just 24.4 percent of the total number of teachers in 2006. In fact, the number of male public school teachers in the U.S. has hit a record 40-year low. Arkansas, at 17.5 percent, and Mississippi, with 17.7 percent, have the lowest percentage of male teachers, while Kansas, at 33.3 percent, and Oregon, with 31.4 percent, boast the largest percentage of men leading the classroom…..br /br /Why the downward trend in male teaching? According to Bryan Nelson, founder of MenTeach, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recruiting male teachers, research suggests three key reasons for the shortage of male teachers: low status and pay, the perception that teaching is “women’s work,” and the fear of accusation of child abuse. br /br /Many men once in the profession say they quit because of worries that innocuous contact with students could be misconstrued, reports the NEA. /blockquotebr /br /In addition to worrying about being called a pervert, men also face discrimination in the interview process, according to the article: br /br /blockquoteFor men thinking of heading into education, Nelson offered hard-won advice: Be persistent. Get practical experience first. Look for resources to help you get through school, and, when applying for a job, make sure you have thick skin. br /br /”People will ask you inappropriate questions,” he said, recalling a recent e-mail he received from an aspiring male teacher who was asked during a job interview, “Why would any healthy male want to work with kids?”br /br /In such situations, Nelson suggests stressing the positive aspects of having a man in the classroom. “When kids see [a man] in front of them on a daily basis, it helps to contradict negative stereotypes,” Nelson said. /blockquotebr /br /So men are told to get a thick skin, get used to handling “inappropriate questions,” and learn to contradict negative sterotypes. In other words, if men are discriminated against, it is up to emthem/em to deal with the fall-out and to change negative steroptypes and to expect no help from other people. So men are guilty unless proven otherwise. Reader Mike who sent me the article link had this to say about the sexist way male teachers are handled at interviews: br /br /blockquoteWhat would the NEA or NOW or NAACP or…. say if “gay transgendered” or “woman” or “black person” or…. the acceptable list goes on on, were it substituted for “healthy male”??? I do believe something stronger than “inappropriate questions” would be used to describe this – no? And I would expect the ACLU to be filing suit within hours – yes?/blockquotebr /br /The ACLU filing suit for sexism against men? Uhh, doubtful. Expect the downward trend of males in teaching to continue, for just like the marriage strike, most smart men will be hesitant to enter an institution where being male puts them at risk of being charged with abuse, having their livelihood taken from them with little or no due process, and being taken from the children that they love.

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Take My Wives, Please: Polygamy Heads West

Friday, February 29th, 2008 - by David J. Rusin

The emergent phenomenon of Muslim men taking multiple wives should be a cause for worry in the Western world, warns David J. Rusin.

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Why Tariffs and Quotas Don’t Work

Friday, February 29th, 2008 - by Tim Worstall

Look at today's China and you'll see that technology and changes in transport have a greater impact on trade, argues Tim Worstall.

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Barack Obama and the Politics of Personal Distraction

Friday, February 29th, 2008 - by Bob Owens

Judging Obama for wearing a funny outfit? Bob Owens begs America to wake up and start focusing on issues that matter.

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Will Texas Hispanics Abandon Hillary for Obama?

Friday, February 29th, 2008 - by G.M. Roper

A Clinton victory in the Lone Star State was supposed to be a certainty. Not anymore, writes Texan G.M. Roper.

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Obama: The Prozac President

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Obamamania is based on our collective infantilism, writes Victor Davis Hanson. The fix? “Taking 500mg 2x daily of a dashing, eloquent African-American novel candidate.”

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‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Politics

Friday, February 29th, 2008 - by Abe Greenwald

What attribute do all this year's candidates share? Abe Greenwald has done the hard thinking.

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Freedom’s Ring Hard to Hear in Nanny State America

Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - by Pam Meister

Obese people banned from restaurants? Mandated purchasing of heath care? Pam Meister suspects that the Founders are rolling in their graves.

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PJM Political 2/28/08: LGF, RCP, WWIV

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Tune in each Thursday to XM Channel #130, POTUS ’08 at 6:00 PM Eastern/3:00 PM Pacific for PJ Media’s weekly PJM Political show! (And at 11:00 PM Eastern/8:00 Pacific for a rebroadcast) If you missed this week’s show, click below to listen:

February 28th PJM Political On XM Satellite Radio

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Join host Bill Bradley for:

  • Ed Driscoll’s interview with Charles Johnson, PJ Media co-founder and proprietor of Little Green Footballs.

  • Austin Bay’s interview with Tom Bevan, the co-founder and executive editor of Real Clear Politics.
  • Troy Dunn, the author of Young Bucks: How to Raise a Future Millionaire tells Glenn Reynolds and Dr. Helen Smith what the Presidential candidates are missing when they talk about economics.
  • Matthew Sheffield of Newsbusters.
  • And audio highlights of Power Line’s “Book of the Year” award dinner honoring Norman Podhoretz, author of World War IV. (Click here for video.)
  • Produced by Ed Driscoll.

  • A lo-fi edition of this week’s show (mono, 16.3 MB) is available here. Finally, if you missed any previous episodes of PJM Political, click here and scroll through for hours of audio archives.

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    Can Hybrid Cars Interfere with Your Pacemaker?

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008

    Dr. Wes on a href=”http://drwes.blogspot.com/2008/02/pacemakers-defibrillators-and-hybrid.html”Pacemakers, Defibrillators and Hybrid Cars:/abr /br /blockquoteWith the interest and popularity of going “green” with hybrid cars (even with a select few of my fellow physician-bloggers) I thought it would be worthwhile to share a few tidbits about the potential for electromagenetic interference between hybrids and pacemakers or defibrillators. (Heck, maybe they’ll need this info when they get older and have their pacer installed…)/blockquotebr /br /If you have a pacemaker or defibrillator like I do, this information is good to know.

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    The Truth about Domestic Violence

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008

    “Canada is the scariest country on the planet.” a href=”http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=a41532d6-d4df-46a2-a784-f6499938f3b0k=49786″So says Erin Pizzey,/a at a domestic violence conference in Sacramento, Calif. Pizzy is an Englishwoman who founded the world’s first shelter for battered wives in 1971 (thanks Mike). However, she quickly learned in her work that domestic violence is reciprocal and that women were just as culpable as men. She states, “Canada is …”scary to men who suffer because of it, certainly, but apparently not to most other Canadians, who remain curiously indifferent to the demonstrable misandry permeating the institutions that define and shape our culture.”br /br /Apparently, this head-in-the-sand approach to domestic violence is prevalent in the US as well as Canada. What happens when someone tries to break the code of silence? br /br /blockquoteHolding women responsible for their violence was so at odds with the received wisdom of the movement’s activists that, for her whistle-blowing pains, Pizzey’s dog was killed and her entire family received death threats. Undaunted, she pursued her equal-responsibility crusade in the United States for many years in a fusillade of articles and books./blockquotebr /br /And Pizzy is not alone:br /br /blockquoteAnother outlier, University of British Columbia psychology professor Don Dutton, is acknowledged by his peers as a world expert on IPV. He has proven, over and over again — most recently in his definitive 2006 book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0774810157?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0774810157″emRethinking Domestic Violence/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0774810157″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / — that the tendency to violence in intimate relationships is bilateral and rooted in individual dysfunction: Men and women with personality disorders and/or family histories of violence are equally likely to be violent themselves, or seek violent partners.br /br /But Dutton’s scientific credentials and extensive 25-year archive of peer-reviewed research cut no ice with Canadian policymakers, none of whom has ever solicited his advice./blockquotebr /br /Ia href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/search?q=educating+officialdom” tried on a smaller scale /ato get the Tennessee Department of Health to review their misconceptions of domestic violence but never got a response from them –although I did hear back from one of my state senators whom I sent a copy of my letters to. It seems that when it comes to domestic violence, the status quo remains, women are the victims, men the perpetrators. br /br /It seems, the a href=”http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=a41532d6-d4df-46a2-a784-f6499938f3b0k=49786p=1″ article in the National Post /athat I linked to above put it correctly: br /br /blockquote…pseudo-science absolving women of violent impulses, delivered on demand to interest groups by the same tiny, incestuous coterie of ideologically sympathetic professionals, is routinely applied in training police, family law judges, social workers and women’s shelter personnel./blockquotebr /br /Pathetic and sad.

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    What You Didn’t Know About Obama and Rezko

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - by Rick Moran

    Rick Moran explains how the "Agent of Change" got involved with a real estate developer indicted for political corruption and fraud.

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    Remembering William F. Buckley Jr.

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - by Scott Johnson

    Scott Johnson pays tribute to the founder of the modern American conservative movement and National Review. UPDATE: PJM's Roger Kimball eulogizes Buckley here.

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    Ahmadinejad Stabs Supporters in Back – Again

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - by Meir Javedanfar

    It's not just the US and the West that distrust Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, writes Meir Javedanfar.

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    In Focus: No News, The Best News

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - by Sheryl Longin

    Sheryl Longin wonders why the lamest stories are so often the most popular.

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    Assembly Line Healthier than You Think

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - by Tom Blumer

    Tom Blumer sifts through the manufacturing sector data and admits what Obama and Clinton cannot.

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    Obama’s Risky Anti-NAFTA Posturing

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - by Nic Duquette

    "Though Obama's other economic proposals are excellent, even visionary," writes Nic Duquette, his anti-NAFTA posturing is a "foray into folk economics that has gotten him a lot of press, because it's what his target audience wants to hear."

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    In Focus: Comcast Fills FCC Meeting With Hired Seat-Warmers

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - by Michael Weiss

    Comcast hired a bored and sleepy claque to attend the latest Federal Communications Commission hearing on the company's blockage of internet traffic, thus preventing interested parties from sitting in. Michael Weiss has the techie reaction to the cable giant's pushback against its opponents.

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    ‘I Am Not a Muslim’: Obama Woos the Jews

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - by Allison Kaplan Sommer

    Barack Obama laid it on the line to Israel's most popular newspaper -- Yediot Aharonot -- Wednesday: "I am not a Muslim and I never have been. I never studied at a Madrassa and I have never sworn on the Koran. I am committed to Christianity." Allison Kaplan Sommer looks at Obama's recent crusade to allay the concerns of American Jews worried about Israel's position in an Obama administration.

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    Saudis Continue Steaming Toward the 7th Century

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - by Youssef M. Ibrahim

    A new Saudi plan to stimulate intra-country tourism involves the promotion of harems, notes Youssef Ibrahim. No wonder even Saudi citizens are laughing at their government.

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    Social Justice High: Classrooms Meet the (Not So) Real World

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - by Joanne Jacobs

    Eccentric schools don't require vouchers, writes Joanne Jacobs. Across the country, tax funds are already being used to "create public schools organized around a left-wing political vision."

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    Al Dura Trial: Is Enderlin the French Dan Rather?

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - by Roger L Simon

    Famed France 2 correspondent Charles Enderlin was embarrassed today in the Paris trial regarding the controversial Mohammed al Dura videotape shown on the French network. Roger L. Simon spoke with Richard Landes during and after today's hearing.

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