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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 20, 2010 / 5 Shevat 5770

Conan says what we wish we could

By Susan Reimer




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Any working stiff watching the temper tantrum "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien threw on national television last week must be feeling something besides a tickle in the ribs.

Catharsis.

After just seven months in the job he waited years for, O'Brien woke up one morning to find that his employers wanted to push him deeper into the night to make room for Jay Leno.

He not only refused to go, he pushed back.

Unlike the rest of the American work force, most of which has found itself badly used by its employers of late, O'Brien got to rip into the NBC suits in front of a national television audience.

He said he was going to "leave television altogether and work in a classier business with better people, like hard-core porn."

And the jokes just kept coming.

"Welcome to NBC, where our new slogan is, 'Not just screwing up prime-time,'" he pronounced.

Late night hasn't been this much fun since David Letterman confessed to having an affair for which he was being blackmailed, and an incredulous audience giggled nervously while waiting for the punch line

All of this has gotta feel good to anybody who has been downsized, marginalized, dissed or dismissed by a Simon Legree boss or a greedy conglomerate.

Lagging ratings for "The Tonight Show," which was the network's excuse for the move, went up immediately — another irony. Let the help de-pants you, and everybody will tune in.

But it wasn't just a curious TV viewership waiting to see where next this drama would go. I'm guessing it was beaten-down workers cheering for the one guy among them who had the guts to spit on the boss' shoes.

Even Leno, who looks to be the winner here despite having his new show canceled, poked NBC in the eye with a stick: "I left prime time the way I found it ... a complete disaster."

Isn't it wonderful to see somebody ridicule an employer in front of millions and get promoted in the bargain?

Who better to speak for all of us than a comedian with a microphone, backed by a room full of smart-aleck writers and with a chance to do it again every night of the week?


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O'Brien upped the ante by playing video that suggested that President Barack Obama and a bunch of other world leaders were in his corner, and in another of his skits, NBC was described as a pimp misusing and abusing its stable of "hos."

If you've ever felt like someone who gave their all to a job only to be told that it wasn't enough, you have to be loving this. If you ever got shoved aside for the boss' favorite, this has to salve some of the pain.

When O'Brien repeated the news that NBC was expected to lose $200 million on the Olympics, and said "Folks, is it just me or is that story hilarious," you could see his vengeful glee. O'Brien is ripping them, and NBC bosses are writing fresh pages.

O'Brien is as hot as his hair is red, it shows, and that is of great comfort to anybody who has ever fallen asleep watching "The Tonight Show" and dreading the next day at the office.

This isn't how everybody sees this, of course. To many, it looks like rich men behaving badly, like a couple of comedians acting as if they were out to save the world instead of just entertaining insomniacs.

But at the bottom of the pile is a guy who waited six years for the job of his dreams and was unceremoniously jerked aside, and he's mad as hell.

The difference is, he got to tell the boss off in one of those scenes you've written in your own head, and he got to do it on national television.

And that's what makes this so much fun to watch.

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Body image issues get a new meaning

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