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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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. 18, 2011 / 14 Shevat, 5771

We know who they fear --- and why

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Not since Helen of Troy has a beautiful woman caused so much political commotion.

I was one of a handful of journalists to recommend that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, select then Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. I thought her personal story was compelling. A housewife with no family money or connections takes on a corrupt Republican establishment in Alaska and beats it. As governor, she works with Democrats to enact a tough ethics law, and wins approval of a natural gas pipeline her predecessors had sought unsuccessfully for decades.

At the time she was nominated, Sarah Palin was the most popular governor in America, with the highest approval rating in the history of her state.

A small town girl who shops at Wal Mart, Sarah Palin is us. But better than us, a star athlete and a beauty queen happily married to her high school sweetheart, she's had a successful career while raising five children. As handy with a rifle as she is with a skillet, she can hunt, fish and dress game better than most men. A thousand feature stories could have been written about her. For that reason alone, I thought my colleagues would fall in love with her.

Boy was I wrong. Journalists and Democrats reacted to her the way vampires do to garlic. Instead of stories about how she'd toppled the Murkowski machine, we got speculation about whether she or daughter Bristol was the mother of her youngest son. No candidate for vice president has ever been subjected to such unfounded vituperation.

It's easy to understand why Democrats would be leery of Ms. Palin. Sen. McCain was lagging in the polls until he chose her as his running mate. He rocketed into a small lead until the subprime mortgage crisis and his chicken-with-its-head-cut off response to it torpedoed any hope of a Republican victory. Thousands turned out when the GOP candidates came to town. They weren't coming to see Sen. McCain.

But the vitriol is harder to understand. Sarah Palin's views are conventionally conservative. She's led a life free of scandal. She didn't leave a young woman to drown in her car, as one Democratic hero did. She didn't cheat on her spouse, as another Democratic hero did innumerable times. Nor did she pal around with domestic terrorists.

Her critics say Sarah Palin is stupid. Evidence for this is sparse. When two women of whom I think highly told me this, I asked them why they thought so. "Because she said she could see Alaska from her house," they replied. But it wasn't Ms. Palin who said this. It was a comedienne deliberately misquoting her.

If Ms. Palin were as stupid as her critics say, she wouldn't pose much of a political threat. So why all the fear and loathing?

That fear and loathing was evident in the efforts of many Democrats and journalists to blame Sarah Palin for the Tucson massacre. But as President Barack Obama said, nothing she (or anyone else) said motivated the madman Jared Loughner.

When Ms. Palin did not initially respond to the bogus charges she had incited murder, MSNBC talk show host Chris Matthews said she was "hiding." When she did respond, ABC News declared: "Sarah Palin, once again, has found a way to become part of the story."

CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder, not normally a fan, described Ms. Palin's statement as "almost presidential-esque." But her critics jumped on this sentence:

"But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn."

Blood libel, these critics said, refers to Medieval Christian charges that Jews murdered Christ, or, alternatively, used the blood of Christian children to make matzoh, and it is offensive to use the term in any other context.

Liberal attorney Alan Dershowitz noted the term "has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse...There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim."

There were no objections when liberal journalists Mike Barnicle, David Halberstam, Andrew Sullivan and Frank Rich used the term in its broader metaphorical meaning. Apparently, this is offensive only when Sarah Palin does it.

The double standard by which they judge Sarah Palin makes one thing clear: Liberals tell us who they fear.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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