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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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. 8, 2014/ 7 Shevat, 5774

Life at the Electronic Whipping Post

By Roger Simon



JewishWorldReview.com | I woke up, fell out of bed and brought my iPhone to my head. I had to learn whom to hate today.

In olden times, this was a laborious process. You had to go down to the village square to see who had been put in the stocks.

Today the despised are far more numerous, but the Internet both creates and keeps track of them.

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry was a target recently for ridiculing Mitt Romney's black grandchild.

Romney, who has a Twitter account with more than 1.5 million followers, had tweeted a Christmas card with a family photo of him and his wife, Ann, surrounded by their 22 grandchildren.

It was a lovely card; everybody looked terrific. And you had to look somewhat closely to notice that the baby sitting in Romney's lap had dark skin.

Harris-Perry looked somewhat closely — and assembled a panel on TV to make fun of the card, pointing out the one black Romney face in a sea of white Romney faces.

This was kind of stupid and kind of cruel — which meant it was perfect.

Twitter lit up like a pinball machine, with Harris-Perry as the ball. Harris-Perry apologized by Twitter and then tearfully apologized on-air.

On Sunday, Romney accepted Harris-Perry's apology, a "news" item that led Google News and was one of the most read political stories in The Washington Post.

Also at the electronic whipping post was Michael Scheuer — a former CIA intelligence officer, a TV talking head and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University — who wrote a blog that harshly attacked President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

This led to a headline on Daily Kos, "Georgetown University Professor/Fox News Expert Calls For Obama's Assassination," and an article by David Frum on The Daily Beast that stated: "In the modern media environment, it's pretty hard to go too far. Advocacy of murder, however, does cross one of the last remaining lines."

Actually, I would argue that in the modern media environment, it's very easy to go too far. All you have to do is shoot your mouth off and wait for it to ricochet around the Web.

Threatening the life of a president is a class D felony under federal law, but because a threat is an act of speech, the justice system has to take into account the First Amendment right of people to say completely idiotic stuff.



My crack research staff (Wikipedia) produced this nugget: In 1971, Groucho Marx was quoted as saying, "I think the only hope this country has is (Richard) Nixon's assassination." The Justice Department declined to prosecute, saying it is one thing to make that threat "when you are the leader of an organization which advocates killing people and overthrowing the Government; it is quite another to utter the words which are attributed to Mr. Marx, an alleged comedian."

Scheuer's alleged threat amounts to his writing: "Messrs Obama and Cameron and their supporters in all parties would do well to read the words of the great 17th century English republican Algernon Sidney ... (who wrote), 'every man might kill a tyrant; and no names are recorded in history with more honor, than of those who did it.'"

Personally, I would imprison for life anybody who uses "Messrs" in his writing. (I might make an exception for French people, but maybe not.) Sidney was executed for treason, by the way, Dec. 7, 1683, which brings us, somehow, to Pearl Harbor and SpaghettiOs.

On New Year's Eve, NBC's Carson Daly hosted a show from Times Square in which he attacked SpaghettiOs for weeks earlier tweeting a picture of a large SpaghettiO holding an American flag, with the caption, "Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us."

"It offended a lot of people, corporations glomming onto, you know, sentimental American historic traditions," Daly said.

To which comedian Natasha Leggero replied, "I mean, it sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew."

I just assumed everybody was drunk — what the heck were they doing talking about Pearl Harbor on Dec. 31? — but it led, of course, to immediate outrage.

SpaghettiOs already had been forced to apologize for its unpatriotic use of pasta, but Leggero wrote on her Tumblr account: "I wish I could apologize, but do you really want another insincere apology that you know is just an attempt at damage control and not a real admission of guilt?"

Well, yes, of course we do. We appreciate it when people fake sincerity.

So I'd like to issue blanket and solemn regret for anything I might write in the future. The Koch brothers are the spawn of an ancient alien race sent from the cosmos to take over the Earth.

My sincerest apologies.

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