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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 July 30, 2012, 2012/ 11 Menachem-Av, 5772

All shootings are political --- except when they're not

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Colorado police say that shortly after midnight Thursday, James Holmes, armed with a shotgun, a rifle and a pistol, entered a theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora where the new Batman movie was premiering. He shot at random 70 people, killing 12.

"Brian, you've been investigating the background of Jim Holmes here," George Stephanopoulos, anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" program, said to reporter Brian Ross Friday morning. "You've found something that might be significant."

"There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado on the Colorado Tea Party site as well," Mr. Ross responded. "Talking about him joining the Tea Party last year."

The James Holmes of Aurora who police arrested is a 25-year-old white man. The James Holmes of Aurora who is a Tea Party member is a 52-year-old Hispanic.

To illustrate how vile this is, the Internet humorist David Burge (Iowahawk) tweeted the arrest records of various felons named "Brian Ross."

"Correction: in previous tweets I mistakenly identified ABC News' Brian Ross with a series of arrestees," Iowahawk concluded. "I apologize to the arrestees."

Jared Loughner shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ari, and 17 others in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011. Early coverage and commentary speculated that "Loughner unleashed his rampage because he was incited by the violent rhetoric of the Tea Party, the anti-immigrant movement and Sarah Palin," said New York Times columnist David Brooks.

Bigfoot journalists such as Bob Schieffer of CBS and Matt Lauer of NBC pronounced Ms. Palin guilty because her PAC's website identified Democrats she thought could be defeated with rifle crosshairs.

Mr. Loughner was a paranoid schizophrenic. His murderous rampage had nothing to do with politics.

Mr. Holmes dressed for his shooting spree as Batman's arch enemy.

"It clearly looks like a deranged individual," said NYPD police chief Ray Kelly. "He had his hair painted red. He said he was 'The Joker.'"

Of (at least) 28 mass shootings since 1999, a political motive was apparent in only the Fort Hood massacre in 2009, and the D.C. sniper shootings in 2002. Nearly all the murderers were mentally ill.

Mr. Schieffer, et al, didn't wait for the facts in the Giffords' shooting because they weren't really interested in them, Mr. Brooks said.

Many used the Aurora massacre to beat the drums for gun control. This is an order of magnitude less despicable than what Mr. Ross did, but it's tacky. They shouldn't have rushed to take advantage of a tragedy. While they wait for the facts, they might consider that:

• It takes time to shoot 70 people, especially when your rifle jams. Mr. Holmes' murder spree could have been cut short if someone else in the theater had been armed.

• However vigilant, the police can never arrive in time to stop a massacre.

• Most mass murders take place where firearms are forbidden. Some killers may choose these venues because they know they'll be the only one with a gun.

• More Americans have been shot in Chicago in the last six months than in Afghanistan. Chicago has one of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.

• How likely is it that a government that deliberately sent guns to Mexican drug cartels can keep them out of the hands of lunatics?

• We used to institutionalize the mentally ill who were potentially homicidal. Liberals objected on civil libertarian grounds. By the 1980s, involuntary commitments had pretty much ended. State mental hospitals emptied out. Most mass shootings have taken place since then. This isn't coincidence. The mentally ill constitute 45 percent of federal prisoners, 56 percent of state prisoners, according to a 2007 Justice Department study.

We're more likely to prevent the next Virginia Tech or Aurora if once again we commit the dangerously deranged to state mental institutions, for their protection and for our own.

And we should treat the smear merchants in the media with the contempt they deserve.

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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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