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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

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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 April 8, 2009 / 14 Nissan 5769

Born free

By Paul Greenberg

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Anthony M. Kennedy seems to have caught on. He's the associate justice and swing man of the U.S. Supreme Court who made a pertinent point when the court was hearing arguments for and against the government's attempt to keep an anti-Hillary Clinton docudrama from being shown shortly before the last election.

If the court is going to declare such an attempt to suppress free speech unconstitutional, asked Mr. Justice Kennedy, what does that say about the law on which it is based — the McCain-Feingold law, aka the Campaign Reform Act?

"If we think the application of this [law] to a 90-minute film is unconstitutional," Mr. Justice Kennedy reasoned, quite correctly, "then the whole statute should fail."

To adapt a phrase from Professor 'Enry 'Iggins in "My Fair Lady," I think he's got it!

This whole abomination of a law needs to go — and the First Amendment restored to its original, unstained beauty. The court's original sin was to approve the McCain-Feingold Act in the first place in the guise of an election reform.

This is supposed to be a free country. So what are we doing banning free speech when it's most needed — just before supposedly free elections?

Under this law, Chief Justice John Roberts asked in his mischievous way, may Wal-Mart still sell an action figure of a candidate within 30 days of election?

Or will that section of the supercenter have to be closed off, like the beer and wine in Arkansas grocery stores on Sundays?

If a film can be banned just before an election, why not books? Or Amazon's virtual library, Kindle?

Quick, call the fire brigade from Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," whose job it was to burn books. ("Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn 'em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That's our official slogan.")

It's remarkable how quickly bad law becomes ridiculous law. McCain-Feingold has been an abomination since its inception, and now it's being applied to even more political speech. The thing just keeps on spreading, like an oil stain.

John McCain has made a number of heroic contributions to American politics and life, but this law isn't one of them. How in the world did he ever wind up sponsoring this monstrosity?

The only excuse I can come up with is that he got involved with bad company. Namely, the very epitome of liberal — excuse me, progressive — excess, Russ Feingold. Sen. Feingold's proposals regularly disappoint, but by now they no longer surprise.

Justice Kennedy now has figured it out: The whole statute fails the constitutional test. It is an infringement on free speech — an injury and insult to the First Amendment. But how long will it take the whole Supreme Court to figure that out?

Let freedom ring. Also shout, stutter or even film if it wants to. Let a robust exchange of opinions proceed unhindered, trusting to the people, not the government, to judge their worth.

Wild Freeborn, which is a perfect name for an American, is an 8-year-old girl in Asheville, N.C., who may have just learned a thing or two about free trade and its discontents.

The young lady had the bright idea of using a YouTube video to sell enough Girl Scout cookies to send her troop to summer camp. Recession or no recession, it worked — at least for a while. She got 700 orders, YouTube being what it is and American free enterprise being what it is.

Or was. Because she was ordered to take down the video by scouting officials, who'd banned Internet sales. Is that a Scout law or just a conspiracy against free trade?

Dear Miss Freeborn, free citizen and future tycooness: I'll take two boxes of the Trefoils (that's the shortbread), and a couple of the Do-Si-Dos (those peanut butter ones, um umm) and ... I'll keep finding any excuse I can to write about an American named Wild Freeborn.

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