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Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Sex in the stairwell at a school in Philly led to a boy being suspended and the girl? a href=”http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20081219_Mother_protests_one-sided_suspension.html”She’s still there:/abr /br /blockquoteVeronica Goss is the first person to admit that her son, Walter Ransome, made a big mistake in the stairwell of Francis Pastorius Elementary School the week before Thanksgiving.br /br /Walter, a tall, lean boy with a shelf full of trophies from a Christian Youth Basketball Association, agrees that he was foolish that afternoon.br /br /Before going to the after-school program at his Germantown school, Walter, 13, and an eighth-grade female classmate stopped in the stairwell.br /br /It was there that that they briefly had sexual intercourse. Walter got kicked out of school for the incident. The girl stayed in school. Now, Goss is demanding to know why./blockquotebr /br / br /The mother in the article says this has happened before and girls get off scott-free while boys are punished. If true, this unfairness will lead to some consequences at some point for the school, if not now, then in the future.

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It’s Time to Uproot the Real Cause of the Mortgage Crisis

Saturday, December 20th, 2008 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Or else American taxpayers will be called upon to bail out the economy again.

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Society Builds Wall Between Men and Children

Saturday, December 20th, 2008 - by Mary Jackson

Can a man talk to a kid in the park anymore without being seen as a pervert?

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Rumors of the Death of Arctic Sea Ice Greatly Exaggerated

Saturday, December 20th, 2008 - by Timothy Birdnow

Even if polar bears really are drowning, the melt is likely a natural, not man-made, phenomenon.

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Is it time to refinance?

Friday, December 19th, 2008

SayUncle a href=”http://www.saysuncle.com/archives/2008/12/18/refinancing/”mentioned that interest rates/a are so low, the money’s almost free. I wouldn’t go that far yet, but it does seem that now is the time to refinance your house if you need to do so. He has a poll up asking people if they are refinancing. I won’t steal it but you can go over and a href=”http://www.saysuncle.com/archives/2008/12/18/refinancing/”take a look. /a So far, over a quarter of the voters say they are waiting. I think the time to refinance might be when it hits 4%. What do you think? Is it better to jump in now or wait and see if the rates drop?

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Countertransference 101

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Over at Maggie’s Farm, Dr. Bliss a href=”http://www.yankeefarm.net/archives/10137-Office-Romance-Sometimes-a-cigar-is-just-a-cigar….html”feels badly for a Baylor psychiatric resident /awho has a dilemma; she is attracted to her patient. Oddly enough, she is told by her supervisor that she is the only resident the supervisor has seen a href=”http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/display/article/10168/1357849?pageNumber=1″with this problem:/abr /br /blockquote“I think you need to take this one to Dr Gabbard. I have never seen a resident with this problem before.” “Never!?” I thought, “I’m the only one!?” I worried incessantly about what was wrong with me to feel so incapacitated, unable to feel in control of the therapy in this particular case. I kept thinking in circular fashion, “I should not have this problem. I must stop it. I can’t stop it. I should not have this problem”—and on and on./blockquotebr /br /The therapist/patient attraction is psych 101. It’s generally covered in supervision on a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter-transference”counter-transference issues/a the first year of doing therapy, at least it was in my experience getting a PhD in psychology. Too bad this psychiatric resident wasn’t prepared in advance–it would have helped her to deal with the situation without the guilt and anguish. Perhaps that is the difference between psychiatric training in preparing for the MD and psychological training for the PhD–the human component might be emphasized more for the PhD,a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter-transference”/a both for the therapist and the patient.

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A Bailout Fairy Tale

Friday, December 19th, 2008 - by Steven Plaut

In this story, the princess doesn't awake with a kiss, the giant kills Jack, and the glass slipper doesn't fit.

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Battle Lines Being Drawn in Fight Over Fairness Doctrine

Friday, December 19th, 2008 - by Brent Littlefield

What seemed a pipe dream six months ago is now a serious movement in Congress.

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How to Prevent a Digital 9/11

Friday, December 19th, 2008 - by Charlie Martin

Washington and software companies must work in tandem to defend America against a devastating cyberattack.

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Standing Up to Putin

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Roman Dobrokhotov is just the latest in a line of young heroes who have stood against the neo-Sovietization of Russia.

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Torture: A Matter of Opinion or a Question of Legality?

Friday, December 19th, 2008 - by Rick Moran

Should those who order detainee abuse be punished — or praised?

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Who Will Be the Next Paul Weyrich?

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin

The late conservative icon was one of the last of a rare breed of right-winger.

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Thursday, December 18th, 2008

John Hawkins at RWN a href=”http://rightwingnews.com/#post13842″has a round-up of reactions /ato Obama’s pick of Rick Warren to do his Inaugural Invocation. My favorite? “Wanker of the Day: Barack Obama”–Atrios. Now that’s some serious analysis.

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Why so many uncleared homicides?

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Bridget Johnson at PJM a href=”http://pjmedia.com/blog/adam-walsh-homicide-case-closed-many-more-remain-open/”has an article/a looking at the Adam Walsh case and the number of uncleared homicides in the US:br /br /blockquoteEarlier this month, an Associated Press probe of FBI figures revealed that, despite technological advances in criminalistics, it’s just easier to get away with murder nowadays. The clearance rate of homicides, or cases solved in a year, stood at 61 percent nationwide in 2007, a steady slip over the decades from the first year of modern record-keeping, 1963, when the clearance rate was 91 percent.br /br /In addition to DNA and other scientific advances that should be helping catch more criminals, not fewer, law enforcement also now has the benefit of reaping tips and captures with the help of modern media. America’s Most Wanted, the longest-running show on the Fox network, boasts 1,049 criminals caught with the program’s help as of this writing — yet for 27 years, host John Walsh has been at the center of one of America’s most infamous unsolved mysteries.br //blockquotebr /br /I remember when a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2007/01/podcast-on-forensic-science.html”we talked with Bill Bass,/a forensic anthropologist and author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0425198324?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0425198324″ span style=”font-style:italic;”Death’s Acre,/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0425198324″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / he mentioned that due to all of the CSI type shows, people think that it is easier to catch criminals these days when indeed it is not. Part of the problem, he said (and I am recalling this from memory) is that since many of us are strangers and there is less community cohesiveness, no witnesses will come forward when there is a murder or they are reluctant to talk to the police.

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George Bush and the Jews

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 - by Ron Radosh

He's been a loyal — though often unappreciated — friend. And he will be missed.

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Conservatives Need a Back-to-Basics Message

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 - by Bernard Chapin

A brief, memorable slogan like "Give the People Their Money Back" would be a good start.

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Obama’s Amazingly Un-Amazing Education Secretary

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 - by Greg Forster

Arne Duncan is the most boring candidate possible. So much for "change."

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Schools Unleash ‘Eco-Kids’ to Badger Their Parents

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 - by Frank Furedi

Environmental educators want children to "nag, pester, bug, and torment" their elders into a green lifestyle.

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The Right Way to Bail Out the Auto Industry

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 - by Tom Blumer

Let Detroit get its money — but only after Democrats, the Big Three, and the UAW admit their failures.

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Shock: Al Sharpton Takes on the Unions

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin

Sharpton opposes the Employee Free Choice Act and plans to mobilize the African-American community against it.

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Adam Walsh Homicide Case Closed, Many More Remain Open

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 - by Bridget Johnson

Despite technological advances, many homicides stay frustratingly unsolved. (Also, Ron Rosenbaum asks Did Obsession with “Closure” Let Adam Walsh’s Killer Go Free?)

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

a href=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7784366.stm”Romantic comedies can spoil/a your love life (via a href=”http://nalert.blogspot.com/2008/12/romantic-comedies-ruin-your-love-life.html”Newsalert/a):br /br /blockquoteWatching romantic comedies can spoil your love life, a study by a university in Edinburgh has claimed.br /br /Rom-coms have been blamed by relationship experts at Heriot Watt University for promoting unrealistic expectations when it comes to love.br /br /They found fans of films such as Runaway Bride and Notting Hill often fail to communicate with their partner…..br /br /The university’s Dr Bjarne Holmes said: “Marriage counsellors often see couples who believe that sex should always be perfect, and if someone is meant to be with you then they will know what you want without you needing to communicate it.br /br /”We now have some emerging evidence that suggests popular media play a role in perpetuating these ideas in people’s minds. /blockquotebr /br /I would assume that women watch these romantic comedies more often than men. If, as the research in the article shows, women then simultaneously communicate less with their partner and at the same time expect their partner to know what they need without communication, it is no wonder the women feel upset or betrayed in some way. Yet, at the same time, it is no wonder men are often baffled due to a lack of communication and high expectations that they meet some type of unrealistic need. Of course, this can also happen in reverse with men being the ones with the unrealistic fantasies–but I would say not as often. What do you think?

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The Mysteries of General Colin Powell

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 - by Victor Davis Hanson

His political flip-flops are inconsistent at best, nonsense at worst.

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British Upper-Class Twits Saving the Planet

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 - by Mike McNally

Empty-headed environmentalist chic hits Great Britain.

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Thanks for Nothing, Senator McCain

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 - by Pam Meister

Now that he doesn't need conservatives anymore, the "maverick" has returned to his backstabbing ways.

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