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Spain Changes Tack on Universal Jurisdiction

Thursday, May 28th, 2009 - by Soeren Kern

Freewheeling Spanish judges are creating big diplomatic headaches for their government — and the parliament is fighting back.

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Reflections on an Age Now Fading

Thursday, May 28th, 2009 - by Victor Davis Hanson

Musings on the past, present, and future of America.

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I Have Seen the Future of the Automobile — and It Sucks

Thursday, May 28th, 2009 - by Stephen Green

It's a bleak future for car lovers for whom size does matter.

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21st Century Schizoid Mad Men

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Paging Donald Draper: Ed Driscoll's latest Silicon Graffiti video explores a troika of big-budget advertisements that tilt far to the left.

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Why Google?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

They started with a good idea and learned to make money from it.

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North Korea Ramps Up Threats

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 - by Jeff Emanuel

Kim Jong Il has rescinded the truce that halted the Korean War. (Also read Richard Fernandez: “Words matter, but they aren’t everything.")

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IT guys and marriage

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Psychoanalyst Stuart Schneiderman a href=”http://www.cio.com/article/493408/IT_People_Are_From_Mars_Why_Your_Marriages_Are_From_Hell_or_Headed_There”sent me a link to an article/a he was interviewed for on IT (mostly) guys and marriage. The title of the piece, “IT People Are From Mars: Why Your Marriages Are From Hell or Headed There” is (I suppose) a take-off on John Gray’s book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060574216?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0060574216″span style=”font-style:italic;”Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus./span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0060574216″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Apparently, IT people are from another world when it comes to communicating with their spouses. br /br /Eleven men and one woman were asked about what they wished their spouse knew about their job. This is what the men said:br /br /blockquoteMost of the 11 other respondents’ answers to my question expressed some frustration with their jobs or with their marriages, or both. (The one woman who responded to my question wrote about the guilt-trips her kids lay on her for having to work long hours.) Their responses boiled down to the following five themes:br /br / 1. I don’t want to discuss the details of my workday when I get home.br /br /br / 2. Don’t call me at work unless it’s an emergency.br /br /br / 3. If I don’t return your phone call, it’s not because I’m mad at you/don’t love you. It’s because I’m busy.br /br /br / 4. IT management is not a 9-to-5 job. It’s complicated, demanding and stressful.br /br /br / 5. I’m not a tech support person, and I can’t fix all of the family’s home technology problems, especially when I’m at work. I spend my time on strategic issues and networking with other C-level executives. /blockquotebr /br /The men in the article are seen as the “bad guys,” that is, they are seen as uncommunicative and insensitive to their wives–and blamed for their shortcomings. The summary of the piece makes this clear: “your answers spoke more about your communication mistakes at home than they did about your spouse’s shortcomings. Read on for advice on how to fix this before a nasty crash.”br /br /Perhaps these IT men are a bit uncommunicative or perhaps they do have stressful jobs. But can you imagine if the same author interviewed women who were raising five kids and having a stressful time of it? Say the husband was calling home for some spousal care on the phone in the middle of three of the kids having a temper tantrum. Do you think anyone would be sympathetic to his plight and blame the wife for her communication mistakes? I rather doubt it.

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Gay Marriage Advocates in California Face Another Setback

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 - by B. Daniel Blatt

Bad news for those seeking to overturn Prop 8: the courts have refused to do their work for them.

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The Goode Family Sends Up Liberal Sacred Cows

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 - by Christian Toto

A new TV show pokes fun at a family with a hybrid car, a vegan dog named Che, and bumper stickers which say, "Support our troops and their opponents."

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Obama SCOTUS Choice a Blow to Racial Equality

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

Sonia Sotomayor appears to doubt the fundamental premise of our government: that "all men are created equal." (Also read Roger Kimball: “Life Experience, Affirmative Action, and You.")

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Vindicating Bush — Again

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 - by Eric Florack

Obama is being forced by reality to admit that policies adopted by George W. Bush were in fact wise.

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Where’s the Mockery of Joe ‘Dubya’ Biden?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 - by Ryan Mauro

Comedians and media types who loved to ridicule Bush's gaffes are stunningly silent about the VP.

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Art World (Finally) Fights Back Against Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 - by Carol Gould

Some in the creative community have had enough of anti-Jewish plays and anti-Israeli boycotts.

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Obama Outflanks GOP with Sotomayor Pick

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 - by Rick Moran

With the president playing identity politics to the hilt, naming a female Hispanic has probably assured her confirmation. (Also read Roger L. Simon: Supreme Court Follies: Sotomayor’s video hits)

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Why You Should Oppose Sonia Sotomayor’s Nomination to the Supreme Court

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 - by Roger Kimball

The first Hispanic nominee to the Supreme Court believes that the job of judges is to make the law, not uphold it.

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Grand rounds is up

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

a href=”http://www.seefirstblog.com/2009/05/26/grand-rounds/”Grand Rounds is up./a Be sure and check out the post a href=”http://columbiachildpsychologist.blogspot.com/2009/04/adhd-mta-study.html”on the debate about how to treat ADHD /aat the Child Psych blog. It has some useful information.

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What Does Europe Do Better Than We Do?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 - by Victor Davis Hanson

It's a beautiful, exciting place packed with history — and yes, they still do some things right.

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Can Michael Steele Really Reframe Gay Marriage as an Economic Issue?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 - by B. Daniel Blatt

Even if he could, it wouldn't do much to help the GOP.

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Obama and the Elderly: Do As I Say … (Updated)

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 - by Edward Halper

Obama did all he could for his dying grandmother. Would he allow us to do the same?

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Jews Must Defend Themselves Against Iran

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 - by Abraham H. Miller

Israel must do whatever is necessary to assure its survival.

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Why Catholics (Stupidly) Support Obama

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 - by Mary Grabar

Notre Dame's embrace of the president reflects a broader watering-down of the Church's traditional doctrines.

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Cheney Exposed Obama’s Hypocrisy

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 - by N.M. Guariglia

The former VP is doing the country a service by crystallizing the insane nature of the debate over detainee policy.

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Does having daughters really make fathers more left wing?

Monday, May 25th, 2009

That’s what a study in a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1187072/Why-having-daughters-makes-fathers-likely-agree-Left-wing-views.html”the span style=”font-style:italic;”Daily Mail/span says (a href=”http://hotair.com/”via HotAir/a):/abr /br /blockquoteIn an unpublished article to be submitted to an economics journal, the researchers wrote: ‘This paper provides evidence that daughters make people more Left-wing, while having sons, by contrast, makes them more Right-wing.’br /br /Professor Oswald said: ‘As men acquire female children, those men gradually shift their political stance and become more sympathetic to the “female” desire for a larger amount for the public good./blockquotebr /br /Some of the commenters to this article a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1187072/Why-having-daughters-makes-fathers-likely-agree-Left-wing-views.html”aren’t buying it:/a br /br /blockquoteWhat total drivel!br /br /I have two daughters and never could they persuade me to follow the left wing trash of the Labour party.br /br /But then; I’m just to the right of Genghis Khan.br /br /What a load of rubbish!br /Who comes up with this nonsense?br /Oh yes it’s Labour’s think tank!br /No wonder the country is in la la land.br /br /My mother raised me “left wing”, and I came to my senses and abandoned it when I became a wife and mother with a mortgage. And I don’t get my political views from nitwits like “brangelina”./blockquotebr /br /Good for them.

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Obama’s North Korean — and Iranian — Nuclear Test

Monday, May 25th, 2009 - by Claudia Rosett

How can we be sure that this latest North Korean blast was strictly a Pyongyang domestic project? (Also read Ron Radosh: The Leveretts’ Myopic Advice to Obama)

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North Korea Sends a Message

Monday, May 25th, 2009 - by Richard Fernandez

How will the U.S. respond to Monday's nuclear test?

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