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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 Sept. 25, 2007 / 13 Tishrei 5768

‘Power’ up, moral America, it's time to shine

By Kathryn Lopez


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If there is an American left who hasn't seen Britney Spears cluelessly writhing about the stage in her sequined underwear during the recent MTV Video Music Awards, take note: We envy you. Despite the abundance of stories about admirable young adults out there, Americans insist on broadcasting, writing about, watching and talking about the saddest cases of unbecoming conduct among the gifted and well-off.


But radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham sees the wholesome light at the end of the tunnel. Ingraham's new book, "Power to the People" (Regnery Publishing), speaks for "the people." She represents those who don't have the loudspeaker she has. And while "Power" chronicles a lot of what's wrong in culture and politics, it also points out that many people are actively doing the right thing (unlike some suggestive media types). For example, while we may have an illegal-immigration problem, it turns out voters aren't going to let nonenforcement of our nation's laws stand. They're not going to let Congress make it worse. They're not going to surrender to rule-breakers and patronizing lawmakers. And they're also not going to allow the "pornification" of America to continue.



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TV talk shows love to get Ingraham on to talk about pornification because sex sells — and because they can use her appearance as an excuse to shrink the fully clothed Ingraham and fill the majority of your TV screen with Britney's subpar but extremely revealing VMA performance. Maybe they'll treat you to Paris Hilton slinking on a wet car, selling hamburgers — or any number of other inappropriate clips.


Despite an oversexed media peddling untalented starlets, there are plenty of American youths who aren't taking the smutty bait. I became aware of Rashida Jolley in a book that came out this summer, "Girls Gone Mild" (Random House) by Wendy Shalit.


Jolley is a Washington, D.C., native, born into a big, loving family. Her father's attitude was clear, as Shalit relayed: If his daughter got pregnant or had sex at all, and he found out about it, she would "have to move to another planet," so it was a given that she would be abstinent. This may sound tyrannical, but it helped her come to a mature understanding of sexual morality. "It wasn't about our parents anymore, but realizing that we wanted to be respected in all aspects of our lives," Jolley recalls.


Jolley is a powerhouse because she insists on shining her light and getting that message out. She says that when she speaks to city kids, the overwhelming majority applauds her.


The Guttmacher Institute and Centers for Disease Control report that teen-pregnancy rates are on a slight decline. And the Disney Channel's "super wholesome" (as TV Guide puts it) series "Hannah Montana," about a high-school girl with a secret identity as a rock star, is a hit.


These are some signs of hope to latch onto.


Ingraham suggests that you should be your children's media guide, and Shalit notes that it's not going to be right-wing screeds (however well-written) that are going to change the culture. It'll be parents, good teachers, grounded media moguls and clean teens.


So let's get to work. You know what beats a washed-up pop tart.

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