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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 May 13, 2011 / 9 Iyar, 5771

Presidential hopefuls now have a Common cause

By Diana West




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When (if) future historians look back to early 21st-century America, they should examine two cultural controversies of May 2011 for a quick read on Establishment sensibilities. One involves the bestowal, revocation and re-bestowal of an honorary degree on playwright Tony Kushner by CUNY, and one involves the invitation to Common, a rapper, to perform at a White House poetry reading.

Both controversies set the boundaries of Establishment-acceptable thought -- the span of "settled" debate, and the "correct" set of elite opinions -- and maybe, just maybe reveal one tiny chink.

In the Kushner case, the controversy centered on the objections of CUNY trustee Jeffrey Wiesenfeld to bestowing an honorary degree on Kushner due to the playwright's very public, very vocal opposition to Israel and support for the Palestinian Authority (PA). For about five minutes, Wiesenfeld actually persuaded fellow board members to withdraw the Kushner honor (Kushner's 16th honorary degree). But soon after, Wiesenfeld, a son of Holocaust survivors, found himself pilloried in the media, called on to resign from the CUNY board, all for having argued the Establishment-incorrect case -- a case, remember, that was then put to two board votes (the second to get the "correct" outcome).

With everything "set right," why the vengeful rage at Wiesenfeld?

In rejecting Kushner for honors, Wiesenfeld was rejecting the Left's increasingly accepted case for moral equivalence between Israel and the PA for honors as well. Had Wiesenfeld prevailed, CUNY itself would have symbolically rejected this same moral equivalence from mainstream, taxpayer-supported academia. By 2011, future historians will note, the Left had long made way for Palestinian Arabs to suicide-bomb their way into that mainstream, and no blunt-speaking trustee was going to force their cause to the margins again if they could help it. And, future historians will also note, they could help it. Against an initially effective blast from the pro-Israel past, the academic Establishment held. Radical Chic ruled. And not only did it hold and rule, it also committed assault and battery against its lone critic. That'll show 'em. No armor-chinks here.

The controversy over the White House invitation to rapper Common to perform at an event organized by Michelle Obama was a little different. Opposition was diffuse from the start, derided more than hammered for being both uncool and unschooled as all-knowing critics asserted Commons was "mild" next to other foul-mouthed rappers. Why, he was a pitchman for Lincoln Navigator, Gap and PETA! This was supposed to be a veritable Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. But such a seal means nothing when the "mild" rapper's oeuvre includes a shameful paean to real-life cop-killer Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur (slain rapper Tupac Shakur's aunt, by the way). After the New Jersey state police came out against Common's White House performance, the opposition took on a gravity I don't think will disappear any time soon.

Dave Jones, a 33-year-veteran and president of the New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association, laid out some atrocious facts about Chesimard, Common's muse, to ABC's Jake Tapper. In 1973, Chesimard, glorified in "A Song for Assata" by Common, "executed Trooper Werner Foerster with his own gun after he was already shot and didn't represent a threat to anyone," Jones said. "And after she shot him she kicked him in the head to the point that hours later after she was picked up his brain was still part of the remnants on her shoe."

Note to GOP presidential candidates: This is a Big Deal. Even after the White House spoke to Jones about Chesimard/Assata's murder of the 34-year-old state trooper and father of three on the New Jersey Turnpike 38 years ago, the invitation held, and without apology. "The President does not support and opposes the kinds of lyrics that have been written about, as he has in the past..." White House press secretary Jay Carney said, trying, lamely, to have it both ways. "In regard to the concerns by some law enforcement, this President's record of support for law enforcement is extremely strong...."

Not if he invites someone who glorifies a cop-killer into the White House. I don't think we, the people, like this kind of ugliness, and particularly not in the White House. Dictatorial academia may be able to silence its dissenters, but the political Establishment still has to answer to us, eventually.

Assuming we care and don't forget.

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