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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 Feb. 3, 2011 / 29 Shevat, 5771

Do-gooders Mobilize Against Free Speech

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Forget all that talk about bipartisan civility. When some 200 conservatives showed up for a weekend conference hosted by the libertarian-leaning industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch in Rancho Mirage, Calif., there was no welcome wagon. Instead, seminar attendees were met by close to 1,000 activists protesting the meeting and waving banners. News reports showed a swastika and cute slogans like: "Quarantine the Kochs" and "Koch kills."

Greenpeace hired a blimp with pictures of the Koch brothers and the words "Dirty Money." The Center for American Progress mobilized. The liberal watchdog group Common Cause held a panel.

If there was soul-searching from the left-leaning activists about tone, it was not immediately apparent.

Common Cause spokesperson Mary Boyle made the reasonable point that when there is a big demonstration that is supposed to be a "peaceful and respectful event," you can't control who shows up.

That's true, but I still have to wonder why a group that says it stands for good government would protest other people, albeit conservatives, talking to each other. Or would participate in an event that culminated with activists trespassing on the Koch assembly.

Others have written on the bald hypocrisy of progressives barking about the unseemliness of what they dismiss as the "billionaire's caucus." After all, Common Cause has accepted funds from left-leaning billionaire George Soros.

The difference? Citing the Kochs' global warming skepticism and opposition to cap-and-trade legislation, Boyle answered, "Our take would be that our good government issues are not killing people ." (My italics.)

Translation: The Koch brothers are conservative.

Alas, the anti-meeting protest was the least of the organization's transgressions. Last month, Common Cause sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas should have recused themselves in the 2010 Citizens United case. The court found that unions and corporations could donate directly to political campaigns. The Koch brothers were on the winning side. Each of the justices once had spoken at a Koch brothers event. Launch the Inquisition.

Would it be a conflict for a justice to have talked to Common Cause? No. "We don't engage in electoral politics, so the political prohibition would not apply," explained Common Cause attorney Arn Pearson.

But Common Cause is partisan, like the Koch brothers.

Pearson could not name an instance when the Justice Department investigated a Supreme Court justice because of a ruling. Nor did he seem concerned with the invasive nature of an administration questioning the judiciary -- about a ruling that the executive branch opposed.

No worries, Pearson explained. The feds probably wouldn't have to interrogate Scalia or Thomas. They could question Koch associates or employees at resorts where the events were held.

There is no such thing as one investigation in America. If Republican-appointed justices sit in the hot seat, then be assured, Democrat-appointed justices will warm it later.

All hail the new civility.

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