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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

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 June 19, 2012/ 29 Sivan, 5772

Ignorance runs in on stinky feet

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here's an inviting opportunity for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the rambling revs who are always on the scout for a lucrative corporate shakedown. Or even President Obama, who is eager to slice and dice the electorate on his way to November 6 and assign each slice something to take offense at.

This opportunity could give them the chance to clean up America and make a little money at it. Adidas and Nike, the ugly shoe giants, have given Americans the ugliest (and stinkiest) feet in the world, even though the rest of the world is swiftly catching up as the American culture envelops the globe.

Tennis shoes were once the modest province of the gym, but now they're worn by millions whose idea of exercise is hoisting a few at the end of the day. Anyone who has had to sit next to Ugly Feet on bus, train or plane, and watch in horror as he (or she) slips out of his or her shoes to get comfortable, knows what it is to sit helplessly at risk of agonizing death from the toxic odor of feet that have not been washed since the previous millennium.

Nike is on a mission to uglify college football teams with garish uniforms that the girls on the softball team would be ashamed to wear. The college administrators and athletic directors are delighted to conspire with Nike, not only because Nike makes it financially rewarding to coaches and administrators, but because it might give coaches a leg up in recruiting the "student-athletes" (in the popular sports-page cliche) who stop briefly on campus en route to the NFL or state prison.

Now comes Adidas, the other major perpetrator of the uglification of the republic, soon to introduce something one commentator calls a "slave shoe," an oversized tennis shoe with attached shackles in bright orange, similar in appearance to the shackles worn by slaves in an earlier benighted era in the nation's history. An Adidas advertisement asks innocently: "Got a game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?"

Dr. Boyce Watkins, a professor at SyracuseUniversity, obviously gets no kick from the game, hot or not. "Shackles [are] the stuff that our ancestors wore for 400 years while experiencing the most horrific atrocities imaginable," he writes for "Your Black World," an online journal. "Most of [the atrocities] which were never documented in the history books [were] kept away from you in the educational system, all so you'd be willing to put shackles on your ankles today and not be so sensitive about it. There's always a group of Negroes who are more than happy to resubmit themselves to slavery."

The professor overstates things, but only to degree. The atrocities of slavery, first among them the very fact of one man owning another, were so well documented that the atrocities of slavery were among the causes that led to the great civil war that echoes across the years even today. He even likens the shoes to something he calls "the prison industrial complex, which is the most genocidal thing to happen to the black family since slavery itself." We take the professor's point without swallowing the purple ink.

The "slave shoes" by Adidas are not, in fact, the first prison phenomenon to move into "the free-world culture." The fashionable droopy drawers, worn by "student-athletes" and NBA millionaires alike, trace their origins to prisons, where belts are forbidden and prisoners keep their pants up in other ways. Kids wore their own pants low on the crack in tribute to their fathers, uncles and brothers behind bars. The colleges and pros soon followed the schoolyard example.

Nike stepped on its marketing plan earlier this year with a $100 shoe called "the Black and Tan," to commemorate the enthusiastic swilling of green beer on St. Patrick's Day. The Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force was dispatched to Ireland to suppress revolt in the 1920s in the black wool and khaki cotton that gave them their name. Nike adopted the name with a remarkable ignorance of history, and advertised the shoe with the message: "'tis the season for Irish beer and why not celebrate with Nike?" The shoe fetishists soon apologized.

No apologies yet from Adidas, but no doubt they're coming soon. Nobody is taught much about history now, but expensive lessons are often learned in law and economics.

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