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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

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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

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

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Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

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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

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April 8, 2014

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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Jewish World Review March 17, 2006 / 17 Adar, 5766

Prima Fasci?

By Jay D. Homnick


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sorry, Carla, it's that old joke. Two Jews and two Brits meet at the ticket window of the commuter train each morning. One day the Brits notice that the Jews buy only one ticket. "Just watch us," the Jews reply when asked. The Brits watch as the two of them squeeze into one bathroom stall. When the conductor comes by to collect tickets, he knocks on the door, they slide one ticket underneath; the conductor punches it and passes it back. So that's how it's done! The next day the Brits buy only one ticket while the Jews buy none at all. The Brits go into their stall, there's a knock on the door, they slip the ticket out but it doesn't come back. The Jews, who did the knocking, take their free ticket and slip into the next stall; moments later, the ticketless Brits are evicted by an angry conductor.


That's what it must have felt like for Carla Martin to wake up yesterday morning. Suddenly her picture is on the front page of the New York Times, looking frazzled and a tad disheveled. The Times explains to all and sundry that this "obscure" functionary at the Transportation Security Administration has shredded the Justice Department's case against Zacarias Mousaoui by coaching government witnesses — slipping them advance e-mails of what to expect.


If it's not bad enough to get blamed for doing what "everybody does" and gets away with, she must endure the indignity of being labeled obscure. If I picked up a paper that read "Obscure columnist Jay Homnick has been named the central figure in a blockbuster investigation concerning white slavery, killing for hire, heroin smuggling and unpaid parking tickets", my response would be predictable: "Obscure? Whaddaya mean obscure?" Now, it's true that it is common practice and that the other guys never seem to get caught. But it's still wrong and unfair and, for the Bush administration, supremely obtuse.


This is hardly the first instance of such thickskulled behavior on the part of the current crop of Beltway Republicans. Scooter Libby's putative leaking to reporters was definitely typical behavior in Washington, and most of Tom Delay's interaction with lobbyists sounds no different than business-as-usual for old Washington hands. Still, Republicans have to know that they cannot do those things, even if Democrats can. And, frankly, since those behaviors are wrong, and they are bad government, it's fine by me that they get flooded by the spotlight and spotted by the floodlight. But why can Democrats do this stuff with impunity?


The answer is that American politics and media must follow the story line. This is a sort of fault line that defines the boundaries of the tectonic plates that merge uneasily to form the foundation of our governance. It goes like this. Democrats fight for freedom, and the press must watch them lest they overreach into licentiousness. Republicans stand for order, and the press vigilantly scans their practices for the potential of creeping authoritarianism or, you should excuse the expression, fascism..


Nowhere was this clearer than in the Bill Clinton story. He hired private detectives to intimidate women, but the story did not have traction. Democrats don't do that. He sexually harassed Paula Jones and then defrauded her of her day in court, but the people were not offended. Democrats don't do that. He had the IRS go after his political opponents, the Secret Service interrogate a priest who told him that God would punish him for abortion, the ATF burn down a building full of children and the INS deport a little Cuban kid at the point of submachine guns. No problem any of this. But when he started having irresponsible affairs with interns and pardoning people as a favor to his drug-dealer brother, the nation got it. That's Democrat excess. Too free with the freedom.


By contrast, Republicans will consistently be condemned when they step over the line on the authoritarian side. Too orderly with the order. No one wants this country to become a police state with warrantless searches, tapped phones, prison sentences without habeas corpus and kangaroo courts delivering predetermined verdicts. And no one is afraid (although perhaps they should be) that the Democrats will create such a society. As such, sensitive Republicans will be hyper-aware of the high level of scrutiny attached to this type of abuse.


It would be nice to have a world of perfect balance. But in the meantime we have to make do with what we have. When the Democrats are in power, we get a chance to go after some of the loose morals in Washington. When Republicans are in, we get to look for excessive force or lack of due process. As for Carla Martin, former stewardess for World Airlines, we realize that your "Out" tray is full, but please keep it in an upright and locked position.

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