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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 July 5, 2011 / 3 Tamuz, 5771

It's tough out there for a roue

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This has been a rough summer for roues, if you can call them that. We've not only defined deviancy down, but roues are not what they used to be.

Anthony Weiner, who entertained us through the merry month of May with what he thought were lady-killing moves, was actually nothing more than a teenager playing a version of the pre-pubescent game of "I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours."

DSK, as Dominique Strauss-Kahn wants to be known (he thinks it makes him sound dangerously thrilling to the ladies as only a porky little fat man can thrill), is actually more runt than roue. He illustrates the proposition that Don Juan didn't make his reputation with truck-stop waitresses. (No offense intended to truck stops or waitresses.)

DSK has more in common with the late Strom Thurmond, the infamous Capitol pincher still exercising nimble fingers at 95, than with Errol Flynn, the onetime Tasmanian devil who was the real thing, plundering Hollywood boudoirs with the abandon that made la-la land deliciously infamous in the days before bratty children took over the silver screen. Flynn told all, or at least most of the interesting bits, in a randy and rowdy autobiography he modestly called "My Wicked, Wicked Ways."

There was once honor among roues, of the sort common among thieves. Rape is a high crime, reviled by all; seduction at worst a misdemeanor (though a startled husband on the cusp of discovery would regard it more than that). A roue, though nobody's role model, abhors force and regards seduction as an art form. Nobody, except his loyal wife, regards DSK as an artist. The French, who usually don't care what you do as long as you pronounce it correctly, are not offended by DSK's behavior but by his performance. A roue would regard resorting to intimidation or force as cheating in the game of love. For all his supposed Gallic sophistication, DSK is a bumpkin, a rube, a wrinkled rooster in silk stockings.

The French intellectuals, such as they may be, often profess to be amused by the hickhood of Americans, but their hysteria in the wake of the new disclosures in l'affaire DSK can entertain all the American hicks and clods of the French imagination. Bernard Henri-Levy, the small-g god of the French left, describes DSK as "a modern-day Dreyfus," a man maligned by the American media frothing to the point of pornography. In this intellectual view the only honor in l'affaire is DSK's own. "This vision of Dominique Strauss-Kahn humiliated in chains, dragged lower than the gutter - this degradation of a man whose silent dignity couldn't be touched, was not just cruel," he writes in deep purple ink in the Daily Beast, a web site. "It was pornographic."

Frothing a bit himself, Mr. Levy cries that DSK has been dehumanized into a figure of hate across the globe, and likens him to Robespierre, the tyrant-hero of the French revolution who died face up under the guillotine he had employed to dispatch his rivals. Violence in the name of justice naturally reminds Mr. Levy of the United States.

"America the pragmatic, that rebels against ideologies, this country of habeas corpus that de Tocqueville claimed possessed the most democratic system of justice in the world, has pushed this French Robespierrism . . . to the extremes of its craziness. In this case, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was no longer Dominique Strauss-Kahn [but] a symbol of arrogant France. He was the emblem of the world of the privileged, odiously sure of their own impunity."

Socialists like Mr. Levy suddenly have a vision of DSK, rehabilitated by tainted reality, as the president of Franceafter all. DSK's reputation as a pig (no offense intended to the noble razorback) remains unredeemed by the revelations that cast considerable blight on the moral reputation of the chambermaid who accuses him of rape. Some of Mr. Levy's Socialist colleagues understand that. "Let's all stay calm," Gerard Le Gall, a public-relations guru, says. "The version of the story has changed before and after and could change again." A minister in the cabinet of French President Nicolas Sarkozy takes a similar tack. "He has not given a very positive image of France in recent days, between his appetites for luxury and other things."

Indeed he has not, and that's a grief for the French to deal with. Marianne, the feminine symbol of France, is left to her own private mourning for damage done to the reputation of the roue, the symbol of the French lover.

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