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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 December 5, 2013/ 2 Teves, 5774

Why does the left have the right to be sexist?

By Glenn Garvin



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) A couple of weeks ago, accosted on the street by paparazzi, MSNBC talk-show host Alec Baldwin spontaneously uncorked a homophobic slur. The result: The network kicked him off the air, for good.

About the same time, another MSNBC host, Martin Bashir, delivered a scripted on-air commentary in which he said that somebody should urinate and defecate in Sarah Palin's mouth. The result: He had to apologize.

Last year, Rush Limbaugh called a young woman who testified to a congressional committee in support of Obamacare a "slut." Result: President Obama phoned her to say that Limbaugh's remarks "don't have any place in the public discourse" and he didn't want his daughters to grow up in a country that tolerated that kind of insult.

Meanwhile, comedian Bill Maher, who contributed a cool $1 million to political action committees supporting Obama's re-election, repeatedly referred to Palin, both on his HBO show and in his stand-up routine, as "a dumb (four-letter-word-for-ladyparts)." For good measure, he attacked Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum by saying his wife uses a vibrator. Result: The president was profoundly silent.

During the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, NBC reporter David Shuster, during a talk show, spoke disapprovingly of Hillary Clinton's use of her daughter Chelsea to seek celebrity endorsements. "Chelsea's sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way," he suggested. Result: NBC suspended Shuster for two weeks.

During the campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann appeared on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." As she walked on stage, Fallon's house band played a song called "Lyin' Ass Bitch." Result: NBC named Fallon the next host of "The Tonight Show."

Oddly, when I hear progressives talk about The War On Women, they never mention any of these incidents. To them, "war" is any form of public resistance to the creation of new government-mandated entitlements. Catholics who don't want to have to subsidize abortions are committing the moral equivalent of Pearl Harbor.

But sexualizing insults of women, using their gender to discredit their ideas, doesn't even rise to the level of a skirmish — at least not when the ideas are conservative. When Limbaugh made his single coarse, stupid remark, the criticism was deafening. But Maher's repeated abuse of Palin only brings him more fans. In fact, on the rare occasions when anyone brings him to task, that's Maher's defense.



"I let the audience be the guide," Maher bragged to television newsman Jake Tapper. "The bit I did about Palin using the word (bleep) — one of the biggest laughs in my act. I did it all over the country, not one person ever registered disapproval."

No doubt Maher is accurately reporting the reaction of his fans, who also rallied around him a couple of weeks after Sept. 11, when he praised the bravery of hijackers for their sneak attack on innocent civilians (about a quarter of them women, incidentally).

But the sad fact is the war on conservative women has spread into the progressive rank-and-file. The political postings on Twitter and Facebook or liberal websites like the Huffington Post read like absurd parodies of 1950s locker-room misogyny. And it doesn't take a political lightning rod to set them off, either.

Last year, when Ann Romney did a round of appearances to offer her unshocking opinion that her husband would make a good president, Twitter exploded with vitriol that is literally indescribable, at least in a newspaper where editors are watching. The most remotely printable one I noted at the time was, "You filthy billionaire whore!"

You'd think progressive women, many of whom sense lurking sexism in the word "history" or "humanity," would get it: that rebutting a woman's ideas by referring to her genitalia or sexual attractiveness (Playboy magazine once ran a list of female conservatives that assigned each what it called a "hate (fornication) rating") is an insult to all women, regardless of their politics. If the vagina is an emblem of stupidity, it must be as true of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi as it is of Bachmann and Palin.

But that doesn't seem to be true. Cher, who fashions herself as the political conscience of the nation, or at least the part of it that still listens to disco music (she famously tweeted that no decent person would breathe the same air as Mitt Romney "and his Right Wing Racist Homophobic Women Hating Tea Bagger Masters") recently declared that Palin's picture could be found in the dictionary under "the dumb C word." And she didn't mean "cat."

This from a woman who, by her own admission, was shocked to learn that the faces on Mount Rushmore aren't natural rock formations. If we're going to be using a dumb C word, I vote for Cher.

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Glenn Garvin is a columnist for the Miami Herald.

Previously:



11/11/13: Myths about the government shutdown
09/11/13: Obama's counting on you forgetting his last experiment with creating democracy through the innovative use of high explosives
07/04/13: Nobody has answered these many questions in Edward Snowden saga
06/27/13: Congress is not as stupid as you think
05/23/13: Welcome to 'unwelcome' speech on campus
05/09/13: Ugly truth, but sometimes torture works
04/25/13: Murder? Not if you just kill a baby
03/14/13: A license to kill --- competition
02/28/13: The left's science deniers
01/17/13: Myths about assault weapons
12/20/12: Right to work? Workers vote with their feet
12/11/12: Obama's pipe dreams and fairy tales
11/11/12: The truth about the movie 'Won't Back Down'
11/01/12: In this clash of civilizations, the West seems to have a lot of fifth columnists
9/25/12: Obama's jobs math doesn't add up
6/22/12: Bath salts controversy --- when politicians become pushers
4/26/12: When R2D2 and C3P0 go to war
2/16/12: The profound lies of Deep Throat
12/22/11: Great moments in history? Not so much
11/30/11: Giving bullies a veto on the First Amendment
09/15/11: ‘Bloodsucking Progressives Must Die’ video game is acceptable?
06/28/11: Send this one back where it came from
06/23/11: Doesn't this president remind you of someone?
05/26/11: A new standard of racial correctness
05/12/11: ‘Vast wasteland’ speech 50 years later
04/13/11: Bay of Pigs fiasco offers lessons for Obama's Libya adventure
03/03/11: Inconvenient truth for teachers' unions
07/10/10: Still looking to score
06/22/10: Ripe for fraud and abuse
05/25/10: Big Brother picks your pocket
11/04/09: Have conservatives scored a stealth prime time drama?
08/27/09: Left's been out for blood, too
08/13/09: What's not being celebrated
07/31/09: Pay-or-play means more lost jobs
07/16/09: OAS turns a blind eye to violations by left
07/02/09: Nothing so shocking about this coup
06/22/09: Libs' darling strikes out
06/03/09: Yes, America should read Sotomayor's speech in context
05/20/09: ‘Bloody’ mission goes awry
05/07/09: The problem is they aren't just goofin'
04/30/09: Why can't students say ‘guns’ in school?
04/08/09: When non-U.S. citizens vote
03/2e/09: Of course the AIG bonus boys — the ‘best and the brightest‘ — deserve their loot
03/12/09: No choice in Free Choice Act

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