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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 July 27, 2012/ 8 Menachem-Av, 5772

Observations of a Tragedy

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Plenty has been written and discussed regarding the Colorado movie theater killings last week, so I won't go into too much of it here, except to point out a couple of reactions to the massacre that I found odd. The first is the reactions of Obama and Romney. After publicly expressing their shock and then their sympathies to the victims and their families, which certainly was the right thing to do, they both suspended their presidential campaign activities for the day, with Romney going so far as to pull his advertising. This reaction to a mass murder incident in a movie house seems strange to me, almost as if campaigning for president and running TV ads was somehow disrespectful.

Then there was the reaction from Warner Bros., the studio that made "The Dark Knight Rises," the picture that was playing in the theater. They announced that they were considering pulling the picture out of circulation. In the end they didn't go through with it, but the fact that they even considered yanking it is a stupid overreaction to something that was not their fault.

Yes, the killer called himself "The Joker" and it appears that in some demented way he identified himself with the villain in the movie, but the movie didn't cause the killer to do what he did. Pulling the picture would only disappoint millions of normal fans who want to see it. In all likelihood, the defective human being who shot up the place would have found another reason to commit his mayhem even if the film had never been made. Or if movies had never been invented at all. The guy's brain is defective.

What I found the oddest reaction of all was the decision by all the major studios to join Warner Bros. in withholding their box-office numbers for the week-end. Sony, Fox, Disney, Paramount, Universal, and Lionsgate all announced that they would go along with Warner's and not report their earnings on any of their pictures until Monday morning.

What difference does that make? You mean if they report earnings on Sunday it shows disrespect for the victims, but on Monday its okay? And what do the other studios' movie receipts have to do with this? What good does not reporting box-office earnings for two days do? And who cares? Want to show how contrite you are? No TV advertising for a year. Or why not just go all the way and suspend all film production at every studio for a year or two?

The other reactions to this have been politically self-serving and predictable. Within hours of the killings Brian Ross of ABC News was on the air with George Stephanopoulos blaming the Tea Party (which they soon retracted when it turned out to be untrue). Mayor Bloomberg of New York demanded that Obama and Romney do something about this sort of thing. And the usual suspects were out on all the talk shows demanding tighter gun control and more laws.

Here's the thing, this isn't about negative presidential campaigning, or violent movies, or superhero comic books, or too many guns, or talk radio, or anything else except a demented individual who snapped and exploded. The uncomfortable truth is we have a lot of defective people walking the streets and although not every one of them will commit mass murder, some will inevitably crack and become dangerous.

I agree with JWR columnist, attorney and psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer, who says that the real problem here is that over the years our mental health laws have become too lax. People who three or four decades ago would have been institutionalized are today free and on their own without any medical support whatsoever. Defective people, time bombs who might go off anywhere, anytime.

Family and friends of these defective people are the only hope of stopping them before they commit serious actions on themselves or others. People who are close to the defectives need to watch them and act proactively to prevent the sort of disaster that took place in Colorado. We need to explore what can be done to get people such as these away from society and into secured institutions where they will not be a danger to anyone. If they can be treated, fine, medicate them but keep them locked away so that innocent citizens will not be hurt.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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