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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 April 4, 2011/ 29 Adar II, 5771

Charlie and Snookie --- and Barack

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Whenever I write a column criticizing the policies of the Obama administration, there is always a percentage of respondents who marvel at the fact that this president still enjoys approval ratings in the mid-40s. For those Americans both paying attention and unencumbered by progressive ideological reflex--which has seamlessly evolved from Bush Derangement Syndrome into Obama Adoration Disorder--Mr. Obama is, at best, a genuine disappointment. At worst? The former peanut farmer from Georgia may soon have his Worst President title snatched away. So who are the forty percenters? If I were taking this "case " to court, Exhibits A and B would be Snookie and Charlie Sheen, respectively.

As a former long-time Brooklyn resident I can tell you that Nicole Polizzi, aka "Snookie," is more than a character on the TV reality show Jersey Shore. She is an archetype. There isn't an avenue in neighborhoods such as Bay Ridge, Dyker Beach or Bensonhurst where the sidewalks aren't teeming with an abundance of Snookies, all determined to out-Snookie each other. Nor is this a new phenomenon. Snookies have been with us for decades. Perhaps the most popular manifestation of Snookie Culture prior to the stunning success of Jersey Shore was the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, a boy determined to disco his way out of Snookieville into Manhattan. The 1988 movie Working Girl was another picture in which a Snookie (Staten Island version) played by Melanie Griffith also saw Manhattan as the grand alternative to a Snookie Life married to a Mike "the Situation" Sorrentino-type played by Alec Baldwin.

Yet the differences between those two movies and Jersey Shore is stark. The "guido" lifestyle Jersey Shore producer Anthony Beltempo brought to MTV is now seen as something to be celebrated. In the two movies I mentioned, it was seen as something to discard or grow out of. Perhaps the difference might explain why Rutgers University was willing to subsidize, via the use of mandatory student fees, an appearance of Snookie on their campus--for $32,000. For perspective's sake, it should be noted that upcoming Rutger's commencement speaker, Toni Morrison, a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor, and professor will be paid two thousand dollars less. It should also be noted that Jersey Shore is a runaway hit for MTV, with record ratings and a rabid following among people aged 12-34. Toni Morrison? Not so much. Undoubtedly a large portion of the Jersey Shore audience votes, and if they follow Snookie's immortal advice to "study hard, but party harder," the likelihood that their sentiments may be aligned with arguably the most party-happy president this nation has ever seen is high.



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Speaking of high, we move on to Charlie Sheen. By all reports, Mr. Sheen is a testament to the resiliency of the human body and its ability to process toxins, albeit with the occasional blackout, hotel furniture destroying, wife-beating spasm manifesting itself in the process. But no matter. The former (and possibly future?) star of CBS's Two and Half Men has also been a fan magnet whose popularity seems to grow in direct proportion to his outrageousness. And in the money department, Charlie makes Snookie--and just about everyone else working in show business--look like a piker by comparison. CBS was paying its drug-addled bad boy two million per episode, which arguably makes that network one of the all-time enablers in the history of man.

But give Charlie credit for his entrepreneurial bona fides. He has taken his act on the road and it is selling. His Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour debuted in Detroit on Saturday, and not only did his fans pay $35-65 for admission, they bought a $20 program featuring pictures of the actor and a collection of his radio clips, such as, "I'm on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen." $30 tee shirts were also selling well, including one with the slogan "F---ing Brilliant!" emblazoned on the front. The tour is scheduled for 20 appearances, and despite the fact that, by the shank of the evening, people were booing and leaving before the show ended, the bet here is the curiosity factor will more than compensate for lousy reviews. Rubber-necking at traffic accidents has never gone out of style. Perhaps Charlie will have a similar kind of longevity.

How does this relate to president Obama? Again, it is likely that a substantial portion of the audience votes, and anyone who can be gulled into spending perhaps over a hundred dollars to watch a fool make a bigger fool of himself, can be gulled into anything. Perhaps even a president who gets us into a war without taking sides, promises to import oil from Brazil one week before he tells Americans we need to cut our oil imports by one-third, or promises to reduce deficit spending even as he ramps it up to the highest level in history.

As you may have guessed by now this column is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, even as it contains an annoying kernel of truth that can't be denied: cultural rot contributes to weak thinking, and the sad fact is that much of that thinking manifests itself at the ballot box. It has often been said that we pay a price for freedom in the sense that there will always be a certain percentage of people who abuse that freedom. One would like to think the abusers--along with their followers--comprise a relatively small number of Americans. I have always defended the public whenever I hear someone, more often from the left side of the aisle than the right, opine that most Americans are hopelessly stupid. Almost no one is hopeless. ;-).

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Previously:


03/30/11:
‘Disabling’ America, One Lawsuit at a Time
03/28/11: The MSM Kills the ‘Kill Team’ Story
03/23/11: Another Military Scandal
03/21/11: Barry, Joe, Helen and Wisconsin Teachers
03/16/11: The Inevitable Viability of Conservatism
03/14/11: Progressives in Their Own Words
03/09/11: $61 Billion in Cuts --- Vs. $223 Billion in One Month of Spending
03/07/11: Bean Bag B.S.
03/02/11: A ‘Green’ Catastrophe in the Making
02/28/11: Ain't Noting Like the Real Thing
02/23/11: Progressive Rot vs. the ROTC
02/21/11: Wisconsin: Progressivism in All its Ugly Glory
02/18/11: News reporters --- or Narrative Shapers?
02/16/11: The Presidents Budget Proposal: An Obamination of Progressive Profligacy
02/14/11: Only Another 9/11 Will Alter the Illegal Immigration Status Quo
02/10/11: Is O'Reilly losing his touch or is he just irresponsible?
02/07/11: Tossing Britain Under the Bus
02/03/11: Starving the World In Order to Save It
01/31/11: Walking the Middle East Tightrope
01/27/11: Small-scale Terrorist Attacks: Big Strategy?
01/24/11: Jeffery Immelt: A Crony Capitalist In Charge of Job Creation
01/20/11: An ‘Intimate’ Prime-time Interview
01/17/11: Progressives: Always Angry, Newly Desperate
01/12/11: Twain vs. the Totalitarians
01/10/11: Politically Correct Passports?
01/05/11: Showdown at the Fiscal Corral
01/03/11: Reading the Constitution Aloud is a Good Start
12/30/10: Getting Our Moral Mojo Back
12/27/10: PC Airport Safety is an Oxymoron
12/23/10: Getting America Back On Track
12/20/10: A Collectivist Coalition of Convenience
12/15/10: The President Who Wasn't There
12/13/10: Tech-No!
12/08/10: A Lethal Military, Inclusive or Not
12/06/10: The ‘Unexpected’ Consequences of Progressivism
12/01/10: Leakers and Losers
11/29/10: ‘We Won’, Part One
11/22/10: Keep Your Hands Off My Constitution
11/17/10: Grope and Change
11/14/10: Taking Back Our Country, One School At a Time
11/11/10: Checks (and Balances), Please
11/08/10: Curtain Up, Progressives Down
11/04/10: Last Chance, Republicans
11/01/10: By Their Own Words Shall Ye Know Them
10/28/10: Progressive Determination to Undermine American Elections
10/25/10: Shock, but more importantly, action: De-Unionize Public Schools now
10/20/10: Multiculturalism? Check, Please
10/18/10: Healthcare: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vs. The Constitution
10/11/10: Vote for Restoring the Rule of Law in November
10/11/10: Dems: Running From Clarity
10/07/10: Hypersensitive Hogwash
10/04/10: ‘Comprehensive’ Con Artists
09/29/10: Why Dems Are Going Down in November
09/27/10: The Unholiest of Unholy Alliances
09/22/10: Two Words for Republicans to Remember: ‘I Won’
09/20/10: Purging ‘Me First’ Politicians
09/17/10: No More ‘Lesser of Two Evils’
09/15/10: ‘Recovery’ Arms Race
09/13/10: ‘Bigots’ in the Majority --- Again?
09/09/10: Giving Voters Something to Vote For
09/07/10: Irresponsible Dems, Incomprehensible Bills
09/02/10: War Weary Americans vs. Implacable Islamists
08/31/10: A ‘Dream’ Debased
08/25/10: American ‘Bigots’ Versus Media Propagandists
08/23/10: Recovery Bummer
08/19/10: An Unholy Alliance of Radicals
08/16/10: You've Lost America, Mr. President
08/13/10: The Twin Towers of Progressive Disconnect
08/11/10: A Far Better ‘National Discussion’
08/09/10: It's ‘Only’ One Dead Nun
08/06/10: Incremental Tyranny
08/04/10: Ground Zero Mosque: Context Counts
08/02/10: The Arizona Ruling: a Gift for November
07/29/10: The United Cities of America
07/26/10: JournoList: ‘Coordinated’ Ideological Bankruptcy
07/20/10: Go For Broke Or Get Out of the Way
07/14/10: You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe…
07/12/10: $33-an-hour--For Sleeping On the Job
07/08/10: Extortionist Government
07/06/10: ‘Commerce Clause’ Totalitarians
07/01/10: Another Public School Travesty in MA
06/30/10: Calling YOUR Bluff, Mr. President
06/28/10: A Trifecta of Progressive Corruption
06/23/10: Plug the Darn Hole --- In Our Border
06/21/10: Our Empty-Suit-in-Chief
06/16/10: Betraying Our Children
06/14/10: Who Gets the Benefit of the Doubt?
06/07/10: Politically Correct Warfare
06/01/10: Bill Maher's ‘Black’ President
05/25/10: A Mosque At Ground Zero
05/23/10: Libs Stand Tall --- For Mexico
05/19/10: The 'Unintended Consequences' of Liberalism
05/17/10: 'Los' Suns: Stuck on Stupido
05/12/10: Union Audacity: Yes We Will!
05/10/10: Greeks, Leaks and and Double-Speak
05/05/10: Twelve Million Illegals --- or Thirty?
05/02/10: Republicans: Playing Not to Lose Doesn't Cut It
04/28/10: Arizona: Progressivism's Waterloo?
04/26/10: Son of Amnesty
04/22/10: Mortgages and Moral Meltdowns
04/20/10: Bashing Christians — Or Gays?
04/15/10: Personal Integri-‘tea’
04/12/10: Fools, Tools and Ghouls
04/08/10: (Tea) Party On
04/05/10: The Triumph of Mediocrity
04/02/10: Two For the Road
03/29/10: The Innate Immorality of Liberalism
03/24/10: The Art of War
03/22/10: I Want My Country Back
03/18/10: A Perpetual Process
03/17/10: American Exhibitionists
03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
03/10/10: Little Things Mean A Lot
02/03/10: Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2010, Arnold Ahlert

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