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Are men "going John Galt" at the health spa?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Is it my imagination or are more men going in for spa services these days? In the past few months, every time I go into the local spa I like, there are men having services or coming in to order services for themselves such as facials and massage. I used to watch men come in to order for wives or girlfriends but now the gift is for themselves. br /br /Most of the men are middle-aged or older and I wondered if many of them have just decided to “go John Galt” and let others take on the burden of the world while they relax. Perhaps they have had enough of the work world and are taking more time for themselves, or maybe they want to look or feel better. Of course, this is just one observation of mine at one spa. Let’s take an informal poll here. How many of you who are men use spa services?

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Child-Killer Samir Kuntar Honored in Syria

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 - by P. David Hornik

The man who smashed a four-year-old girl's head on coastal rocks is hailed as a hero.

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What’s Wrong With America

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 - by Roger Kimball

An absurd Illinois law discouraging donation and voluntarism just about sums it all up.

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Is a ‘British Obama’ Possible?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 - by Andrew Ian Dodge

Many doubt that a minority could make it to 10 Downing Street any time soon.

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Five Mistakes That Cost the GOP Hispanic Support

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 - by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

Republicans don't need to ditch their core principles. They need to change their tone.

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Germany Does Not Ban Hezbollah TV

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 - by John Rosenthal

Islamist channel Al-Manar has been subjected to a prohibition that does not really prohibit anything.

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Obama Has Already Helped Wreck the Economy

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 - by Tom Blumer

So how can we expect him to save it?

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Glenn Sacks a href=”http://www.glennsacks.com/blog/index.php?tag=enewsletter112508″on his recent DART campaign: /a “Father-bashing is so prevalent in the media today because there is little political cost to be paid for doing it. We launched the campaign in part because we wanted to show that there is a political cost to demeaning fathers, and in that regard we more than succeeded.”

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Obama’s Foreign Policy Direction Bumming Out the Left

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 - by Ron Radosh

They're feeling betrayed — both on Iraq and impending appointments.

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Obama Sticks to the Establishment for His Economic Team

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin

Consolation for fiscal conservatives: it could have been much worse.

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The Real Hugo Chavez

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 - by Christian Toto

PBS's The Hugo Chavez Show can't hide the fact that Venezuela's leader is a fraud.

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The Strange Death of Britain’s Most Wanted Terrorist

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 - by Annie Jacobsen

The killing of Rashid Rauf raises questions about information sharing between the U.S. and Great Britain.

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Six Months Under the Gun: A Weapon-Carrying Experiment

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 - by Bob Owens

What I learned attempting to carry a handgun almost everywhere I went.

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A Wake-Up Call to Conservatives

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 - by John Hawkins

It was the Right that delivered America to the Democrats.

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Holy Land Foundation Defendants Found Guilty in Dallas

Monday, November 24th, 2008 - by Phyllis Chesler

A day of victory for the rule of law over the rule of terrorism.

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The traits of heroes

Monday, November 24th, 2008

a href=”http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D94LF4181show_article=1″This is interesting:/abr /br /blockquoteStopped. Cold turkey. North Carolina authorities say a shopper clubbed an alleged carjacker with a frozen turkey as he tried to steal a woman’s car in a grocery store parking lot Sunday. br /br /Police say 30-year-old Fred Louis Ervin of Raleigh stole money from a gas station before running across the street to a Harris Teeter store in a town just south of Raleigh. Garner police say he began beating Irene Moorman Bailey while stealing her car. br /br /Other shoppers came to her rescue, including one who hit Ervin with the turkey. Police did not release the person’s name./blockquotebr /br /I am in the middle of reading an incredible book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307352897?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0307352897″emThe Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0307352897″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / that explains why it is that some people are prepared for disaster and others are not. One of the chapters in the book is on heroism and it found that those who are heroes like the above turkey clubber have confidence in their abilities. They tend to have an a href=”http://wilderdom.com/psychology/loc/LocusOfControlWhatIs.html”"internal locus of control”/a–that is, a sense that they shape their own destiny rather than looking to someone else. br /br /blockquoteBystanders, on the other hand, tend to feel buffeted by forces beyond their control. ‘They pay scant attention to other people’s problems. They will concentrate on their own need for survival,’ Oliner [a researcher] says./blockquotebr /br /According to the book, some common traits of heroes in a study of 450 acts of heroism found a whopping 91 percent of them performed by males. The author notes that this could be a bias of the sample used…. but anyway, the heroes in the study also tended to be working class men. They tended to be truck drivers, laborers, welders, or factory workers–physical jobs that required some risk, just like rescuing. A high number of the rescues were in rural or small-town America and 80% of the rescues happened in places with less than one hundred thousand people. The author opines that this might be because in small towns, people know one another and acts of kindness are recognized and remembered. A strong sense of duty to help others was also mentioned. I will hopefully post more on this incredibly fascinating book.

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Down with Barriers, Up with Iraq

Monday, November 24th, 2008 - by Michael Yon

Once it was impossible to keep track of all the bloodshed. Now it's impossible to keep track of all the progress.

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How Bad is the Economy — Really?

Monday, November 24th, 2008 - by Roger Kimball

Cheer up, folks. It's not pretty, but it's not Armageddon either.

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Dad Knew Who Killed JFK

Monday, November 24th, 2008 - by Arieh O'Sullivan

Forty-five years later, the reasons for the assassination remain a mystery (Also, Ron Rosenbaum: Was It a Mob Hit?)

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Chris Matthews’ Honeymoon Softball

Monday, November 24th, 2008 - by Kyle-Anne Shiver

Rather than ask tough questions about Obama's governing team, the Hardball host keeps on tingling.

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When Environmentalism Is a Luxury

Monday, November 24th, 2008 - by Melissa Clouthier

Save the planet or save money? When the economy's in trouble, the answer is obvious.

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U.S. Government Embraces Islamic Banking

Monday, November 24th, 2008 - by Supna Zaidi

No short-term gain is worth the long-term danger presented by these murky, Islamist-backed financial mechanisms.

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Appalling Bad Manners From the Media: Telling Bush to Step Down Now

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 - by Richard Fernandez

How dare the NY Times' Gail Collins and MSNBC's Chris Matthews suggest such a thing?

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Ten Random, Politically Incorrect Thoughts

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 - by Victor Davis Hanson

Third-rate public education, California's wilting economy, the discredited media, and today's brutal political rhetoric.

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Gaza Powder Keg Set to Explode

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 - by Michael Sharnoff

Israel won't sit on its hands as the Gaza threat escalates.

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