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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 Sept. 23, 2013/ 19 Tishrei, 5774

Shootings are not what they seem

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last Monday Aaron Alexis, 34, who worked there for a private contractor, shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.

There seems to be an epidemic of mass shootings -- in Tucson, Arizona in 2011, last year in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Appearances are deceiving. In the 30 years ending in March, there were 78 mass shootings, said the Congressional Research Service. CRS defines a mass shooting as an incident "in which four or more people were killed at random by a gunman killing indiscriminately."

In these mass shootings, 547 people were killed. The FBI estimates that in the 30 years ending in 2012, 559,347 people were murdered. The 547 slain in mass shootings account for less than one-tenth of 1 percent of these murders. Many more die in collisions with deer.

Even one is too many if it could have been prevented. The Navy Yard shooting had these things in common with those earlier:

• The shooter was mentally ill. Aaron Alexis was being treated by the Veterans Administration for PTSD, sleep disorders, paranoia. He "heard voices." He had a history of violent behavior, had been involved in two earlier shooting incidents.

• The shooter chose a venue where he knew his victims would be unarmed. By decree of President George H.W. Bush in 1992, military bases are, in effect, "gun free" zones -- like elementary schools (Newtown), high schools (Columbine), colleges (Virginia Tech), and movie theaters (Aurora).

• Initial news coverage was awful. Two networks gave the wrong name for the killer. Many news organizations reported, falsely, the shooter used an AR-15 rifle. (Alexis did his killing with a shotgun -- the firearm Vice President Joe Biden recommended for home defense -- and with two pistols he took from security guards he killed with his shotgun.)

This is, alas, typical. Because the Tucson shooting took place at a town meeting held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz, many journalists blamed it on a "climate of hate" produced by "right-wing vitriol." (The shooter, Jared Loughner, was mentally ill. He had a bizarre personal grudge against Ms. Giffords, but no discernible political motive. His politics, such as they were, were left- wing, said a former classmate.)

ABC's Brian Ross falsely accused a Tea Party member of the movie theater shooting in Aurora.

Many news organizations fingered the wrong guy in the Connecticut school shooting. Also reported erroneously were Adam Lanza's connection to the school, how he gained entry and the guns he used in his murder spree.


This happens over and over mostly because many journalists would rather be first than be right. Cable news anchors are the worst offenders. When something bad happens, people tune in to find out what's going on. The anchors don't know. Rather than admit that -- and risk losing their suddenly swollen audiences -- they "report" rumors and gossip, and speculate.

Errors are compounded by ignorance (a CNN anchor said Alexis was armed with an "AR-15 shotgun,") and because so many journalists have an agenda they push without regard to the facts.

"Nothing that gun-control advocates are pushing for in Congress would have prevented Monday's rampage at the Washington Navy Yard," noted the National Journal.

Here's what might have:

The mentally ill who are potentially homicidal used to be committed to state mental hospitals. After a "de-institutionalization" campaign led by liberals that peaked in the 1970s, most of those hospitals have closed. Roughly 200,000 schizophrenics and others who would have been in them are instead in prison (16 percent of those in jail or prison are mentally ill) or living on the streets. For those in Tucson, Aurora, Newtown or the Navy Yard, they don't go to prison until after they've committed a crime.

Liberals should rethink "de-institutionalization" and ponder why mass murders nearly always take place in "gun-free zones." Since 1997 there have been at least nine mass murders you didn't read about, because an armed citizen cut the murder spree short.

Adjacent to the Navy Yard is the Marine Barracks. "If we had ammunition, we could have cleared that building," the father of a Marine stationed there said he was told by his son. "Only three people had been shot at that time, and they could've stopped the rest of it," the father said to Dan Joseph of the Media Research Center.

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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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