Jewish World Review Feb 24, 2014 / 24 Adar I, 5774
Opinions in a flash
By Paul Greenberg
(With apologies to
Good morning, Mr. and Mrs. America, from border to border, coast to coast, and all the ships at sea. Let's go to press!
Add another name to those Americans kicking the tobacco habit: CVS pharmacies. They plan to clear their shelves of cigarettes and other tobacco products by October. For an outfit that size, it's not just a symbolic gesture. The decision is expected to cost the country's second-biggest chain of drug stores
"The perception can't be that a wealthy felon can just write a check," an assistant U.S. Attorney named
Once again money, trumped justice as the judge bought the kind of argument made by every gangland figure who ever gave a nickel of his ill-gotten gains to charity ("He had a good heart, Mr. Capone...").
The prime minister of
When will peace come to that part of the world? Here will be a sign: when a guest speaker at some Arab parliament is heckled by its Jewish members. Or just has a Jewish member . . .
What will science discover next? Neuroscientists report that the brains of men and women differ in important respects. How about that? Will science soon reveal that women are more socially aware, family-oriented and communicative than we XYs? And that men are the blundering, muscle-bound, feather-unfurling peacocks many women already suspect we are. That is, the weaker sex in essential ways. I am shocked, shocked at this latest scientific discovery. It hurts my feelings. Or it would if we men had any . . .
The president continues to renege on one promise after another about his Signature Accomplishment, aka Obamacare: If you like your health insurance, you can keep it, and if you like your doctor, you can keep him/her. Also, the numbers of unemployed won't increase because of Obamacare. (Tell that to the Congressional Budget Office, which begs to differ.)
And, oh, yes, your insurance premiums will be lower, and Obamacare will take care of the 30 million uninsured in this country. (That number remains much the same now as it was before the (not-so) Affordable Care Act went into clanking effect.) And so unconvincingly on.
As one false assurance after another about Obamacare falls apart, and voters start to catch on, Democratic incumbents who supported the president's prescription for American health care look increasingly vulnerable in this year's midterm elections, while Republican challengers are getting their hopes up. One of them out in
There may no longer be a
At one point in the course of this gabfest, the distinguished representative of the USSR, which is now just plain
But the Kremlin still knows, to quote a phrase from George Orwell's "1984," that whoever controls the past controls the future. It's an ever-malleable thing, history. Or what's called history in
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Tune in again tomorrow. Till then, this is your devoted correspondent signing off for Jergens with lotions of love . . .
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Paul Greenberg is the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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