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Is a Sex-Obsessed Society a Sinking Ship?

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Watch it in its entirety here. The year in sharia & jihad here.

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Armed TSA Agents Threaten Travel Journalist

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

TSA shows up at the door of a Connecticut blogger, demands he relinquish his laptop, and says "we could make this difficult for you."

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Get well Rush

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

I was dismayed to hear that Rush Limbaugh was a href=”http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/today.guest.html”taken to the hospital with chest pains./a However, with all of the medical advances with heart problems (if that is the diagnosis), I hope that he will be out and back with his show soon. I have been listening to his guests hosts (I love Mark Steyn) and while they are good, there is no substitute for Rush.br /br /span style=”font-weight:bold;”Update:/span Rush had an a href=”http://www.vascularweb.org/patients/NorthPoint/Angiogram.html”angiogram/a yesterday and nothing was found a href=”http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/01/rush-limbaugh-speaks-to-reporters-in-hawaii-about-his-chest-pains/”to be wrong with his heart./a Hopefully, he’ll be back at work soon.

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The Serious, Sublime, and Silly from 2009

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 - by Jazz Shaw

The top ten highlights (or lowlights) that comprise the most significant political stories of the year.

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2009: Tipping Point for Domestic Terror?

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 - by Patrick Poole

Multiple terror plots, increased radicalization, and continued government incompetence bode ill for 2010. (Also read Ron Radosh: "A Foreign Policy Wish for the New Year")

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Economic Rebound? What Economic Rebound?

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 - by Tom Blumer

An AP writer’s year-end wrap-up epitomizes 2009’s biased reporting on the economy.

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Surprises Abound in Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

This easy and insightful read is nothing like it has been portrayed by the mainstream media.

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The New York Times: Carrying Water For Castro, Again

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 - by Henry Gomez

An inexcusable piece hails a Cuban musician's Castro-approved visit to the States. No mention that Cuban dissidents receive beatings instead of visas.

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The Decade in News Gathering

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Watch it in its entirety here. Cracking down on L.A.’s pot problem here.

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Obama’s Humpty-Dumpty View of the World

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 - by Victor Davis Hanson

Rarely has a candidate’s entire world view been so abruptly refuted in the first year of a presidency. (See also, Roger L. Simon's "Is Obama Destroying Liberalism?")

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Real Greens Have Manure on Their Boots

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 - by Mary Grabar

A shovel-ready test to separate the authentic environmentalists from the phonies.

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TV’s Top Ten of 2009

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 - by Jim Kearney

Television’s outstanding moments, programs, and performers of the year.

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Homeland Security Is on the Job — Don’t Panic!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 - by Dan Miller

Return to your seats immediately! Extinguish all incendiary comments!

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Teddy’s Dream Is America’s Nightmare

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 - by Andy Wickersham

Invoking the memory of the "liberal lion" on health care reform reminds us of the massive government spending supported by the late senator.

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Obama’s Shameful Handling of National Security Issues

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 - by Pam Meister

A cool and aloof president isn’t what we need right now. We need someone who’s willing to fight. (Also read Ron Radosh: "Will Obama Now Protect Us?")

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Person of the Decade

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Watch it in it’s entirety here. Tiger Woods in the dog house here.

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Do blogs drive public perception of a business?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

You bet they do. A reader emailed me a href=”http://fitzmartin.com/dnn/Home/tabid/39/EntryId/18/Social-Media-Reputation-Management.aspx”a post on social media and reputation management/a that featured a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2009/09/all-men-are-pigs.html”my post/a entitled, “All Men are Pigs” that discussed my negative experience at a health food store. The former post makes clear how important it is for businesses to monitor their online reputation:br /br /blockquoteAn online dialogue about your goods, services or business practices can be the sharpest of double-edged swords: everyone’s either a critic or an advocate. But mostly a critic. When’s the last time you blogged about how glad you are that your morning soda wasn’t stale, or that your roof didn’t cave in today? After all, we’re more likely to tickle a keyboard in frustration than praise. It’s human nature. And due to the social networking explosion, there’s a lot of human nature out there for your current and prospective clients to see. If a href=”http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/williamcon100903.html”William Congreve/a thought scorned women were bad news, he would have been even more disturbed by what a disgruntled customer can do to a business’ reputation over the Internet.br /br /Which begs, nay screams, the question: are you managing your online reputation? /blockquotebr /br /I must say that I have been very impressed with some of the social media people who have stopped by here and other blogs to comment and offer help or apologies. For example, I just wrote about my experience with Comcast and a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2009/12/is-cable-worth-it.html”heard from their Customer Service Center/a in the comments. I emailed Melissa Mendoza to tell her my complaints and she said she would have someone call me from the local Comcast office to see what can be done. My phone rang and a professional Comcast customer service person listened to my complaints but said that I would have to pay the extra charges, downgrade my service, or bundle all my services together to get a reduction in price. Nice gesture, but nothing was accomplished. br /br /Perhaps bloggers should offer more praise when things go right with businesses. For example, my local Walgreens was awesome today in helping me to get the drug Tikosyn that I take for my heart rhythm problems, even though a href=”http://www.tikosyn.com/”there is a shortage/a currently. They called me promptly when there was a problem and helped to resolve it. br /br /Do you think that it is important that businesses monitor their online reputation and respond to bloggers and readers who criticize them?

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The Lonely, Murderous Sons of Allah

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 - by Phyllis Chesler

Osama bin Laden and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab — both yearning for paternal attention, even affection, in a polygamous culture.

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Obama’s Failed Response to Failed Christmas Day Attack

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 - by Ron Radosh

When will the president face the reality of the war we have to wage?

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Iran Has Obama over a Barrel (of Oil)

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 - by Andie Brownlow

Obama’s brass-knuckle tactics may work on Congress and his political enemies, but they’re no match for the real authoritarian leaders of the world.

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The West Must Ban the Burqa and Nix the Niqab

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 - by Barbara Kay

The question of full coverage is not one of tolerance or free expression. It is a question of social and civic propriety.

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Yale Wimps Out Again

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 - by Robert Shibley

A T-shirt calling Harvard men "sissies" proves too offensive for students and administrators.

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Napolitano Must Go — Now

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 - by Dan Riehl

The DHS secretary, appointed as a political favor, is endangering lives with her after-the-fact policing approach. (Also read Roger L. Simon:Fire Janet Napolitano Now)

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Was the Times ‘Hoaxed’ by TMZ’s JFK Nudes ‘Scoop’?

Monday, December 28th, 2009 - by Ron Rosenbaum

This could be the media story of the decade in a nutshell.

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The Iranian Body Snatchers at Work

Monday, December 28th, 2009 - by Michael Ledeen

The Iranian regime will stop at nothing to quell the growing revolt of the people.

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