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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 March 8 , 2012/ 14 Adar, 5772

Rush's real mistake

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The rift between the Obama administration and Israel over what to do about Iran's nuclear program was on public display last week. More U.S. troops were murdered by their Afghan "allies." A Gallup survey predicted a sharp increase in the unemployment rate.

But media attention was focused on the flap caused when radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a nasty name.

Colleges should be required to include contraception in insurance policies for students because "without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school," Ms. Fluke, 30, testified Feb. 27 at an ersatz "hearing" of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

"For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, that's practically an entire summer's salary," she said. "Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy."

If Ms. Fluke and her friends actually are spending "over $3,000" on birth control, they must be having way too much sex, Mr. Limbaugh said on his radio program Wednesday. "According to Planned Parenthood -- and they should know -- birth control pills cost between $15 to $50 a month. So, at most, that would be $600 a year," he said on his radio program Wednesday. "What is Sandra Fluke buying?"

At a dollar each, condoms are a bit more expensive. But to spend $1,000 a year on condoms, Ms. Fluke would have to have sex 2.74 times a day every day, calculated CNS News reporter Craig Bannister.

Ms. Fluke's testimony was a legitimate target for ridicule. But then Mr. Limbaugh called her a "slut," and she became a victim.

Democrats denounced Mr. Limbaugh on the floors of Congress, and to any reporter who had a microphone handy. President Barack Obama called Ms. Fluke to commiserate. Some advertisers dropped his radio program in protest.

And an instant celebrity. Ms. Fluke got more air time on broadcast and cable television than did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Washington for what amounted to a public confrontation with President Obama at the annual conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Mr. Limbaugh apologized Saturday, as he should have. Ms. Fluke refused to accept it.

Her fellow liberals are selective in their indignation over misogyny, columnist Kirsten Powers wrote Monday. MSNBC talk show host Ed Schulz called conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham a "right-wing slut," she recalled. He and other liberal commentators have made sexist remarks about Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann, and conservative columnists S.E. Cupp and Michelle Malkin.

"If Limbaugh's outburst is part of the "war on women," then what is the routine misogyny of liberal media men?" Ms. Powers asked.

"It's time for some equal-opportunity accountability," she said. "Without it, the fight against media misogyny will continue to be perceived as a proxy war for the Democratic Party, not a fight for fair treatment of women in the public square."

A proxy war for the Democratic Party is precisely what this flap is about. Religious schools such as Georgetown must provide contraception and abortificants in their health insurance plans, even if they have moral objections, the Obama administration has ruled.

This is a clear assault on the First Amendment, and is -- understandably -- highly unpopular with Catholic clergy. So Democrats want to "change the narrative." The purpose of Ms. Fluke's testimony was to recast contraception as a "women's health" issue.

Had Mr. Limbaugh restricted comment to Ms. Fluke's preposterous demand that a Catholic university subsidize her sex life, the ploy wouldn't have worked.

Nor would it have worked if Mr. Limbaugh had responded as Newt Gingrich did on "Meet the Press" Sunday when host David Gregory pressed him to comment of the Fluke flap.

"I don't like the framing (of the issue) because I think the framing was false," he said. "That young lady has access to contraception every day. There's no place in America where it's illegal to go get contraception. What the question is, is should a religiously affiliated institution be required to provide abortion pills? Should they be required to provide sterilization? This is a very serious fundamental fight about religious liberty."

But when Mr. Limbaugh made a crack about Ms. Fluke's character, he fell into the Democrat trap, and this very serious fundamental fight about religious liberty was obscured, as they intended.

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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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