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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 August 10, 2011 / 10 Menachem-Av, 5771

Kerry's war on citizen speech

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is really ticked at our free press, not liking one little bit how it affords ordinary citizen critics of our government a chance to be heard.

"The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it's exercising today," he said, which in some ways is right, though not in the ways he means.

"The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual," he went on in an MSNBC interview, and guess what he was referring to? Why, the new evil beast of horrified leftist ideologues: the Tea Party.

"It doesn't deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do,'' Kerry continued. "And the problem is everything is put into this tit-for-tat equal battle and America is losing any sense of what's real, of who's accountable, of who is not accountable, of who's real, who isn't, who's serious, who isn't."

It's interesting that Kerry made clear he doesn't consider this an argument of equals, for I've long suspected this richest man in the U.S. Senate ($186.6 million, $7 million yacht, married well) is psychologically akin to the monarchs of old who thought their authority divinely conferred, meaning no lower-class disparagement allowed.

These crowned despots were as serious as a branding iron in the face. In the early 1600s, when a Scotsman said he believed the Bible a better guide than kings, the English Court of the Star Chamber granted no trial in deciding to afflict that punishment along with cutting open his nose and hacking off his ears, one account recalls.

In the American colonies, however, newspapers got rambunctious despite laws disallowing criticism even if it were true -- in fact, especially if it were true, historians say. Ready to have at royal governors unlike almost any newspapers anywhere else in the world, many kicked rear ends whenever they thought rear ends were in need of kicking, and wise juries said the truth's OK to print, no matter what the law harrumphs.

It got so bad -- actually, so good -- that these newspapers helped start the Revolutionary War, getting rid of the royal leaders altogether, although every now and then someone like King Kerry will try to silence the common folks. How dare they? Don't they know their place?

In fact, the tea party activists do know their place. They are constitutionally empowered citizens (given the right to free speech, to peaceful assembly and to petition for a redress of grievances) who get it that a failure to participate signals a willingness to abdicate. Contrary to Kerry and others who have worked around the clock to wreck our future and hate it when someone notices, they are not dummies. All kinds of top intellects, including Nobel Prize winners in economics, share their debt dread.

Also contrary to Kerry, the press's chief flaw is not being overly solicitous of tea party views. Many mainstream news outlets have a liberal bias, as has been shown in repeated studies with hundreds of examples, and that's to Kerry's immense benefit.

Kerry's youthful declaration that U.S. soldiers in Vietnam daily committed heinous war crimes with every officer knowing about it was a reckless rampage immensely hurtful to thousands of wholly innocent American veterans. He said over and over again that he had been sent illegally into Cambodia on Christmas, 1968. Not even supporters who had been with him in Vietnam would back him on that, and his repeated alterations of the tale made fabrication easy to detect.

Nevertheless, during his 2004 presidential campaign, news outlets took care not to tread much on any number of questionable claims. If they are now going to avoid inanities as Kerry says he wants, he will be quoted meagerly at best, perhaps a few sentences a year making their ignominious way to public attention.

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.


Previously:

08/05/11: Upside to the compromise leaving the door open for obnoxious maneuvers

08/03/11: The people who may save America

07/29/11: On making deals, Obama is no LBJ

07/27/11: The threat behind the debt

07/23/11: Mean opposition to means-testing

07/20/11: Leftist babble makes debt crisis even worse

07/18/11: Time to raise demagoguery ceiling

07/13/11: Obama treating treaties badly

07/08/11: Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?

07/05/11: Not math deficiency, but demagoguery



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