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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 Nov. 6, 2013/ 3 Kislev, 5774

'Shield' for journalists? Thanks but no thanks

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here we go again. Every time an administration is caught spying on the press, it professes to be "shocked, shocked." As shocked as Captain Renault in "Casablanc"a on learning that Rick's Café Américain is actually a gambling joint. The captain's order to shut the place down is interrupted only briefly by an obliging waiter. ("Your winnings, sir.")

It's a scene cherished by every movie buff and connoisseur of irony. Just as every long-time Washington-watcher knew what would happen when Barack Obama and his attorney general were caught spying on the Washington press corps they'd once had eating out of their hand. Despite scandal after scandal -- from Benghazi to the way the IRS targeted conservative groups.

Benghazi? What difference at this point, as Hillary Clinton put it so memorably, does it make? As for the business with the IRS, that was all just the work of some "rogue agent" in Cincinnati. Even if the trail led to Washington, the resignation/retirement of top officials, and the customary Fifth Amendment plea by one of the ringleaders.

The sleepy watchdogs of the press managed to doze through all that without interruption. But then the administration's gumshoes were turned loose on the press, too. And finally, finally alarm bells went off.

Shades of Richard Nixon's notorious enemies' list! For it came to light that this administration had subpoenaed the records of 21 phone lines used by AP reporters and editors, and obtained a secret search warrant to pry into the emails of a well-respected correspondent for Fox News.

Uh oh. All hell broke loose. Well, sure, this was our ox that was being gored.



Even the most kneejerk members of a once adoring press corps awoke. The usually docile Al Hunt, a columnist for Bloomberg, discovered that "Obama is no better than Nixon." Katrina vanden Heuvel, she of the (way) left-of-center The Nation, decided that this administration "has had the worst record on press freedom." Why, even Chris Matthews of MSNBC, the libs' lapdog network, who used to feel a tremor down his pant leg when Barack Obama orated, awoke from his trance. The thrill was definitely gone.

Caught abusing the press and unable to deny it, the administration threw it a bone. A shield law designed to exempt the press from just the kind of abuse this administration had made its specialty was swiftly thrown together to protect journalists. Or at least those the administration was willing to recognize as such. You know, the certified, the professional, the official kind. In short, Our Sort.

As for the other sort -- bloggers, amateurs on Twitter, the kind of troublemakers Dan Rather used to dismiss as just guys sitting around in their pajamas in front of their computers when they were exposing him ... none of those need apply for protection. This shield law is being designed to shield only some.

It's hard to imagine the colonial pamphleteers who started the American Revolution -- and without a license from the Crown at that! -- qualifying as Protected Journalists under this law. What, that riff-raff?

The Hon. Dianne Feinstein, one of the sponsors of this selective shield for the press, explained that it would be limited to, you know, the right kind of people -- professionals. People with experience and a résumé and a real job. Not just anybody with an opinion. "I think journalism has a certain tradecraft," the senator explained. "It's a profession." Which is her first mistake. Because the Bill of Rights doesn't confine freedom of the press to the press. In a free country, anybody should be able to exercise it. Not just members of a "profession" as defined by the administration and its supporters in Congress.

So thanks but no thanks. I'm already covered by the best shield law ever conceived by the mind of man. It's called the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. ("Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ...") Its simple, concise, magnificent language -- even now I can't read its words without my heart beating a little faster -- covers every American, not just the ones such a shield law would elevate to "covered journalist."

This administration's clumsy attempt to protect journalism only limits it. As grateful as I am for being treated like a privileged character under the terms of this proposal, I'd rather not be. For the thought occurs that any government able to license journalists can also un-license us. And that our rights, like those of all Americans, stem from a higher Authority than government. The same Authority that created all men equal and endowed us with certain rights like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And even the pursuit of journalism.

Besides, I still remember a lesson I was first taught many years ago in a little basement Hebrew School in Shreveport, La., when a bunch of unruly little boys was introduced to a few pages of Talmud by Rabbi Leo Brener, who put up with a lot. The lesson that day was contained in a little tractate called "Ethics of the Fathers," and while it was intended for rabbis and other interpreters of the Law, I've found it a most useful guide for a mere inky wretch. It consists of three injunctions, in ascending order:

Love creative work.

Do not seek dominance over others.

And avoid intimacy with the ruling authorities.

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