Oops. A new study shows CFCs and cosmic rays are the major culprits for global warming. What does this mean?
The 3-D elements help establish a sense of time and place that otherwise might not be possible.
Is the essence of dictatorship — and its institutional foundations — now being built into federal law?
When satire becomes politically correct reality, it's time to speak up.
The 2010 conservative shindig will be sponsored by the conspiracy theorists of the John Birch Society.
Does a man's death from swallowing a bag of pot during an arrest illustrate the evil of outlawing drugs? No, just the opposite.
A reader emailed me today to ask if the American people were experiencing a kind of a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_helplessness”learned helplessness/a in response to our current government, much like the dogs in psychologist Martin Seligman’s studies. For those of you unfamiliar with learned helplessness–it is a technical term that “means a condition of a human being or an animal in which it has learned to behave helplessly, even when the opportunity is restored for it to help itself by avoiding an unpleasant or harmful circumstance to which it has been subjected.” br /br /Are people fed up and ready to give up in the face of overwhelming obstacles such as the health care bill debacle? Perhaps some, but I pointed out to this reader that one third of the dogs in the learned helplessness studies a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_helplessness”never gave up or became helpless:br //abr /blockquoteHowever, not all of the dogs in Seligman’s experiments became helpless. Of the roughly 150 dogs in experiments in the latter half of the 1960s, about one-third did not become helpless, but instead managed to find a way out of the unpleasant situation despite their past experience with it. The corresponding characteristic in humans has been found to correlate highly with optimism; however, not a naïve Polyannaish optimism, but an explanatory style that views the situation as other than personal, pervasive, or permanent. This distinction between people who adapt and those who break down under long-term psychological pressure was also studied in the 1950s in the context of brainwashing./blockquotebr /br /Like the more resilient dogs, those of us who love freedom, believe in making our own health care choices and know to our very core that the government does not own us must never become helpless but must continue to find ways out of an unpleasant situation, and look forward with optimism, knowing that no condition is permanent.br /br /Update: Stuart Schneiderman a href=”http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-to-produce-depression.html”has some additional thoughts./a
The power of the dissident cleric has only grown since his death on Sunday.
I was saddened to hear that Brittany Murphy a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fredirect.html%3Fie%3DUTF8%26location%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.armchaircommentary.com%252F2009%252F12%252Fremembering-brittany-murphy-dies-obit.html%26token%3D0B2F044E0D97FF0A121B1574190E1207E3DC3C94tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=ur2camp=1789creative=9325wwwviolentkicom”died of an apparent heart attack at 32. /a RIP.
The way it is being rammed through Congress is not how the world’s greatest democracy should get its business accomplished.
The gun-control group that sprang from the Joyce Foundation is using false information and bad research to demonize concealed carry permit holders.
If a model has not been proven to fully reflect reality, then it has very limited use and should be treated like a horoscope.
Comity is being replaced by comedy in the Senate, and sonorous debate may yet give way to hurled epithets and folding chairs.
Time, as they say, is not on our side, and the Obama administration is apparently giving up trying to disarm North Korea.
Remember those heady days of 2008 when Barack Obama successfully painted himself as a moderate?
I saw it with my own eyes: COP15 was only peripherally about “climate change” and almost entirely about UN hegemony.
Mitch McConnell got it right: “The history that’s being made here is the ignoring of the will of the American people.”
Others have given us the Christmases past and present. But Christmases future are up to us.
Whenever politicians start bandying about the word "historic" to describe something they've just done, grab your wallet and lock up the silver.
The new book by PJM's Solway asks why Jews are so prone to turn on themselves and make common cause with their enemies.
Obama must choose between increasing economic activity which will increase emissions, or decreasing CO2 by keeping the economy stagnant.
Terry Teachout discusses his biographies of Louis Armstrong and H.L. Mencken, legendary film director Paul Mazursky, Jim Geraghty on trouble ahead for Newsweek, and journalist Steven Greenhut on his new book on public employee unions, Plunder. Hosted by the Vodkapundit, Steve Green!
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- Legendary film director Paul Mazursky stops by for an interview with longtime writing partner Roger L. Simon and his co-host on their weekly “Poliwood” series on PJTV, Lionel Chetwynd.
- Terry Teachout, drama critic with the Wall Street Journal and critic-at-large with Commentary magazine, discusses his new biography Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, and The Skeptic, his classic 2002 biography of H.L. Mencken.
- Jim Geraghty, proprietor of National Review Online’s “Campaign Spot” blog fleshes out his recent post on potential icebergs ahead for Newsweek in 2010.
- Steven Greenhut, director of the Pacific Research Institute Journalism Center in Sacramento and longtime Orange County Register journalist discusses his new book, Plunder: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation.
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