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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 August 26, 2009 6 Elul 5769

In the Land Beyond Outrage

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Ask Dr. Politics! You ask the questions; we lack the outrage.


Dear Dr. Politics: I am outraged by the release of the Lockerbie Bomber. This guy kills 270 people, including 189 Americans, and now goes free while cheering crowds in Libya strew flower petals in his path. Where is the outrage?


Reply: Unfortunately, outrage no longer exists. Maybe it all got used up. We all now live in the Land Beyond Outrage. Once upon a time, killing a lot of people was considered pretty serious. Now? Not so much.


In 2001, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence agent, was convicted of 270 murders in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and was sentenced to life in prison. Now, just eight years later, he has been released because Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill says Megrahi has only weeks to live due to prostate cancer.


Dr. Politics is tempted to ask: If a mass murderer has only weeks to live, why not just let him die in prison? (And, by the way, Megrahi looked in very good health on TV after his release, walking around all by himself, no hospital gurneys, no wheelchairs.) But Kenny MacAskill — and we admit having difficulty taking seriously any official called "Kenny"— has a different view.


"In Scotland, we are a people who pride ourselves on our humanity," Kenny says. "It is viewed as a defining characteristic."


It is? Has this guy never seen the movie "Braveheart"? As we recall, the Scots chopped up an awful lot of people because they had it coming. In fact, the Scots chopped up an awful lot of people who didn't have it coming. We don't remember "humanity" being anybody's defining characteristic.


But that was the 13th century, and besides, Kenny has another argument. "Mr. al-Megrahi faces a sentence imposed by a higher power," Kenny says. "He is going to die."


Well, heck, Kenny, we are all going to die. So why punish anybody?


Some suggest, however, that it was neither humanity nor fatalism that motivated Kenny. Some suggest the true motivation was the desire by powerful commercial and political interests in the United Kingdom to develop Libya's vast oil reserves.


And some are now calling for a boycott of Scottish goods, especially of the $610 million in whiskey the Scots sell in this country every year.


Somehow, we think we are more likely to see a boycott of haggis.


Dear Dr. Politics: I forgave South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford when he "hiked the Appalachian Trail" with his Argentine mistress because he said he was doing it for love. But now I read that he has been using state aircraft for pleasure trips. Outrageous!


Reply: Dr. Politics thinks politicians work very, very hard and deserve a few perks.


So we were not outraged when we read an investigation by The Associated Press that revealed Sanford charged taxpayers more than $37,600 for overseas first-class and business-class flights even though state law requires him to fly on lowest-cost travel when he flies commercial.


"If you're going to step straight into business meetings that have significant economic consequence for the people of our state, you need to have gotten some level of sleep the night before," Sanford said, explaining why he could not fly in coach with the rest of us cattle.


We also were not outraged to learn in a separate AP investigation that Sanford spent $50,000 in taxpayer money to take his kids on state planes to sporting events and thousands more to fly himself to dentist appointments and a haircut.


Sanford, who became famous by making state employees use both sides of Post-it notes and also tried to block $700 million in federal stimulus money from reaching South Carolina, took a state plane on March 10, 2006, to fly from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Columbia, S.C., to get a haircut.


The drive would have taken him three hours, so you can see why he needed a plane. He took off at 2:35 p.m. and made his haircut appointment at 3 p.m. He had no other appointments on his official schedule that day. And the flight cost taxpayers only $1,265.


John Edwards probably told him it was OK.

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