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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 Aug 16, 2012 / 28 Menachem-Av, 5772

Todd Akin: When Dumb Talk Is Inevitable

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are two sides within the anti-abortion movement. On one side, stand men and women who care deeply about human life and fear that abortion devalues society by creating a caste of disposable people. On the other side, lurk crabbed adults who think women should be punished for having extramarital sex and that pregnancy is fit punishment that (luck of the draw) spares men and falls instead on women and girls.

I think we all know which corner hosts Rep. Todd Akin. When TV reporter Charles Jaco asked Akin whether abortion should be illegal if it is the result of rape, the Republican Party Missouri Senate candidate gave this inglorious answer: "From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something: You know, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist and not attacking the child."

Akin later tried to run from his freely chosen words. He issued a statement in which he lamented that the quote broadcast nonstop on MSBNC "does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year." Too late. I think voters know exactly what Akin thinks about rape victims: If they get pregnant, they wanted it.

Monday morning, Mitt Romney called Akin's remarks "offensive" and "insulting, inexcusable and frankly wrong." President Obama, too, found Akin's views "offensive. Rape is rape."

Democrats are working overtime trying to tie Romney running mate Paul Ryan to Akin, as Ryan has opposed abortion, except to save the life of the mother. (The Romney campaign says the ticket does not oppose abortion in cases of rape.)

This is the Democratic National Committee playbook: Delegitimize a respectable position -- that abortion is the taking of innocent life -- not by refuting it but by assessing guilt by association.

Sen. Barbara Boxer released a statement in which she claimed Akin's comments represented another chapter in the GOP's "war on women." Well, another page in that chapter stars Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who spent nearly $2 million portraying Akin as a true conservative so that he would win the GOP primary and she would face the weakest candidate in November.

The so-called Republican "war on women" is a crock -- a cynical ploy to gin up the Dems' distaff base. The Obama White House sounded a trumpet in this phony war when it announced earlier this year that church-based institutions would have to provide "free" birth control (no co-payment) for workers on health care plans, even if doing so violated their deeply held religious tenets. Pro-choice now means no choice -- for religious folk.

As for women, they stand on both sides of the abortion divide. A Gallup poll in May found that 49 percent of Americans considered themselves "pro-choice," while 45 percent considered themselves "pro-life." And the poll also found: "Men and women are nearly identical in their views about the legality and morality of abortion." The view that women are united in support of abortion rights is about as fact-based as Akin's view on "legitimate rape."

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