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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 April 30, 2007 / 12 Iyar, 5767

Adieu to Rosie

By Bill O'Reilly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Three weeks ago in this space, I wrapped up my column on Rosie O'Donnell by stating: "Launching personal attacks on Donald Trump is one thing. Accusing your country of trumping up 9/11 and committing war crimes is quite something else. Rosie O'Donnell has cast her fate to an ill wind. Nothing good will come of it."


That piece of prognostication was easy, and when Rosie announced her exit from ABC this week it was no surprise. As Ms. O'Donnell became increasingly unhinged on television and in public appearances, the Disney Company, which owns ABC, found itself in an impossible position. Disney has one of the most endearing images in corporate America, and one employee was ransacking that image. Anyone who knows anything about the corporate culture knew the iceberg collision was looming ever closer.


The ship really began listing after Ms. O'Donnell appeared at a chi-chi women's award luncheon and launched into an obscene tirade against Trump. Scores of corporate power brokers witnessed the embarrassing display, as did some teenaged girls who were receiving college scholarships from the "Women in Communications" group. Despite strenuous spinning by Rosie's handlers, Disney realized that not even Peter Pan could fix this one.


The amazing thing is that Ms. O'Donnell lasted so long. Never in the history of American television has one performer alienated so many people. Rosie compared "radical" Christians to Muslim terrorists. Rosie announced that no American Catholic should be allowed to be a judge because of the Church's condemnation of abortion. Ms. O'Donnell accused President Bush of committing treason. The hits just kept on coming.


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For those of us in the television industry, it was fascinating to watch. While Don Imus was figuratively burned at the stake, and Ann Coulter exiled from polite society for using a gay slur, Rosie kept rolling right along with Fortune 500 companies paying her way.


The low point for me came when Ms. O'Donnell was defending Alec Baldwin. She looked into the camera and said that she, too, cursed at her kids. Almost in a panic, Barbara Walters said, "but you hug them afterwards."


Rosie quickly said she did.


The truly bizarre thing about the cursing statement was that some in the audience actually applauded when O'Donnell said it. I was stunned. I looked at the tape five times. What the deuce was going on?


Here's how I process all of this. Rosie O'Donnell is a far-left individual who has the sympathy of many who believe what she believes, including some in the mainstream press. Unlike Imus and Coulter, O'Donnell's anti-Bush, anti-conservative tirades were useful to the radical left. If O'Donnell's opinions could become mainstream, then other radical bomb throwers could get away with a lot more on the tube.


Thus, while Fox News and a few newspapers covered Rosie O'Donnell's wild adventure, most of the other media ignored it. The same media that had feasted on Imus and Ann Coulter.


In the end, the everyday folks got Rosie, although I do believe she isn't sad about leaving ABC. Ms. O'Donnell is a woman who wants 100 percent affirmation; dissent is not tolerated in her life. Disney knew that Barbara Walters and the company, itself, were both taking a public opinion beating, and enough was enough. Rosie realized that Disney was no longer thrilled with her act and wanted out.


And so this columnist has reached oracle status, at least for this week. Say goodnight, Rosie.

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