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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

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

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

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

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

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

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 19, 2014 /19 Iyar, 5774

Can 'King James' answer these questions?

By Glenn Garvin



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) They don't call him King James for nothing. When an illicit tape of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling spouting racist drivel surfaced last week, the Miami Heat's star LeBron James promptly demanded that Sterling be banished from the NBA.

"No matter how long it takes, no matter how much money it costs, we need to get him out of there," James said, declaring that other NBA owners should force Sterling to sell the Clippers.

I'm hoping the King might entertain a few questions.

Does it matter what the law says about this? NBA rules, which Sterling agreed to abide by when he purchased the Clippers, give the league virtually unchecked authority to suspend an owner from direct involvement with his team (which the NBA has done, for life) and to fine him (which it has also done, for $2.5 million).

When it comes to forcing him to sell his team, though, things get a little dicier. The NBA bylaws list 10 grounds for forcing an owner to give up his franchise. Mostly they have to do with gambling or defaulting on payments. "Being a scummy racist idiot" isn't remotely one of them.

You're a businessman, LeBron, and your $130 million portfolio contains a number of joint-venture companies, stores and even a British soccer team. What would you think if your partners — without any legal authority to do so — simply seized them when they decided something you said was offensive?

Is there a danger in setting a precedent that somebody can be kicked out of the NBA for holding an unpopular opinion? Piling on to Sterling is easy because what he said — telling his girlfriend not to pose for pictures with black people or bring them to Clippers games — is so profoundly offensive to practically every corner of American society.

But the definition of what's profoundly offensive to society can change rapidly. And as recently as 1975 — two decades after the Supreme Court struck down the concept of "separate but equal," 11 years after Congress banned practically all forms of racial discrimination — the New York Mets fined a black outfielder named Cleon Jones $2,000 — four times the largest previous fine in the team's history — after he was found naked in a van with a white girl. (He also had to hold a press conference to publicly apologize to New Yorkers — not racist dingbats in Arkansas, but New Yorkers!)

That's not some weird aberration. Over the years, many athletes have been fined or suspended for defying public-opinion orthodoxy, from supporting legalized marijuana (Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee) to loving Fidel Castro (Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen) to opposing the Vietnam War (boxer Muhammad Ali, who lost nearly five years of his career).

Already, in the wake of the calls for Sterling's head, there are rumblings about the DeVos family, which owns the Orlando Magic and has also contributed heavily to anti-gay-marriage groups. Some people argue that's just a slightly more polite form of homophobia, and they should be run out of the league, too. Do you agree? Think carefully before answering, LeBron, because that question leads to the next one:



If Sterling should be kicked out of the NBA, why not Kobe Bryant, Amare Stoudamire, Roy Hibbert, Matt Barnes and the entire Houston Rockets?

All of these NBA colleagues of yours have been accused of public homophobic slurs during the past three years, and in every case except that of the Rockets, their words were captured on videotape. Bryant, Barnes and Stoudemire used derogatory words for gay to insult a referee, a policeman and a fan, respectively.

There's no tape of the Rockets taunting and ultimately driving from their locker room a gay caterer who was trying to set up a post-game meal for them. But officials of the Brooklyn Nets, in whose arena the incident took place, witnessed it and apologized to the caterer. Not one of those players missed a single game for their behavior. The Rockets haven't been punished at all.

And surely you remember the Hibbert case — during last year's playoffs, he said on TV he was "no homo" even though you scored a bunch of points against him. I don't recall you breathing a word of protest about that, much less calling for him to be banned from the NBA. Is it impudent for us commoners to ask why there's room in your kingdom for homophobia, but not racism?

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Glenn Garvin is a columnist for the Miami Herald.

Previously:



03/05/14: How to strike at Putin where it hurts
01/16/14: Honk if you're happy the ending of media's fatuous embrace of Christie is gaining speed
01/03/14: Gee, 2013, we miss you already
12/05/13: Why does the left have the right to be sexist?
11/11/13: Myths about the government shutdown
09/11/13: Obama's counting on you forgetting his last experiment with creating democracy through the innovative use of high explosives
07/04/13: Nobody has answered these many questions in Edward Snowden saga
06/27/13: Congress is not as stupid as you think
05/23/13: Welcome to 'unwelcome' speech on campus
05/09/13: Ugly truth, but sometimes torture works
04/25/13: Murder? Not if you just kill a baby
03/14/13: A license to kill --- competition
02/28/13: The left's science deniers
01/17/13: Myths about assault weapons
12/20/12: Right to work? Workers vote with their feet
12/11/12: Obama's pipe dreams and fairy tales
11/11/12: The truth about the movie 'Won't Back Down'
11/01/12: In this clash of civilizations, the West seems to have a lot of fifth columnists
9/25/12: Obama's jobs math doesn't add up
6/22/12: Bath salts controversy --- when politicians become pushers
4/26/12: When R2D2 and C3P0 go to war
2/16/12: The profound lies of Deep Throat
12/22/11: Great moments in history? Not so much
11/30/11: Giving bullies a veto on the First Amendment
09/15/11: ‘Bloodsucking Progressives Must Die’ video game is acceptable?
06/28/11: Send this one back where it came from
06/23/11: Doesn't this president remind you of someone?
05/26/11: A new standard of racial correctness
05/12/11: ‘Vast wasteland’ speech 50 years later
04/13/11: Bay of Pigs fiasco offers lessons for Obama's Libya adventure
03/03/11: Inconvenient truth for teachers' unions
07/10/10: Still looking to score
06/22/10: Ripe for fraud and abuse
05/25/10: Big Brother picks your pocket
11/04/09: Have conservatives scored a stealth prime time drama?
08/27/09: Left's been out for blood, too
08/13/09: What's not being celebrated
07/31/09: Pay-or-play means more lost jobs
07/16/09: OAS turns a blind eye to violations by left
07/02/09: Nothing so shocking about this coup
06/22/09: Libs' darling strikes out
06/03/09: Yes, America should read Sotomayor's speech in context
05/20/09: ‘Bloody’ mission goes awry
05/07/09: The problem is they aren't just goofin'
04/30/09: Why can't students say ‘guns’ in school?
04/08/09: When non-U.S. citizens vote
03/2e/09: Of course the AIG bonus boys — the ‘best and the brightest‘ — deserve their loot
03/12/09: No choice in Free Choice Act

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