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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 December 18, 2012/ 5 Teves, 5773

When tragedy strikes, the hysterics rule

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs . . . yours is the earth and everything that's in it, and which is more, you'll be a man. . . "

Well, maybe. But Kipling is an old guy who has nothing to say to us. Being a man is not even the proper 21st century response to crisis. We're all modern here, so we must emulate frightened and hysterical old women, like Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, who thinks he knows how to silence the guns.

He says President Obama should ignore Congress and write out an executive order tomorrow morning to make the streets safe for everyone, including all the little kitties. "The president," he says, "can introduce legislation even if it doesn't get passed."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of Californiapromises to introduce legislation to curb the power of "the gun lobby." Sen. Charles Schumer of New York gets in his usual rail about guns and the nuts who own them. Mayor Rahm Emanuel ofChicago, where people-shooting is the municipal sport, says it's time "the leadership in Congress will have a vote of conscience." Since only gun hysterics have a conscience we can imagine how Hizzoner expects that vote to go.

It's not just the politicians who are wetting their pants. Someone should call 911 because the CNN newsroom needs medical help. "For the past three days," cried one correspondent on air, "I have been on the verge of tears every second and most of the people here have been crying 24 hour straight." Ed Schultz of MSNBC, where creepy crawlies have leapt from Chris Matthews' thigh to run up and down random legs across the newsroom, thinks there's no time for due process: "It's the confiscation of these types of weapons that counts and will have an impact." Bob Schieffer of CBS News is relieved that the Connecticut shooter is a good Judeo-Christian American: "If this person had had, I'm sorry to say this, but if he had had an Arab name people would be going nuts about what we ought to do right now." What an odd thing to say. People with Arab names have done evil things sometimes — the Fort Hood massacre comes to mind — and there's no record of anybody going nuts over it. But it sounds like the right thing to say.

Hysteria and frenzy are clearly the way the politicians and media elites think we should deal with tragedy. These media worthies might better spend their tears and lamentations over the reckless coverage of the tragedy, when speculation, supposition and make-believe were presented as fact. Errors included the wrong number of the dead, the false identification of the shooter, the wrong guns identified, the way the shooter was dressed. Tragedy was compounded by media ghouls who descended on surviving children and parents, stuffing microphones the size of beer cans in their faces to ask, "how did it feel?" Alas, editors have been chased out of the media, along with intelligence and taste.

Only reluctantly, some questions are raised now about whether such shooters are inevitably crazy, and what to do about them. A recent survey by Mother Jones magazine found that 38 of the 61 shooters in massacres over the past three decades "displayed signs of mental health problems prior to the killings."

Prof. William Jacobson of the CornellUniversity Law School suggests that laws inspired by the ACLU make it difficult to identify and intervene with known nuts. "Will we address mental-health and educational-privacy laws, which instill fear of legal liability, for reporting potentially violent mentally ill people to law enforcement? I doubt it."

No one wants to talk about the tawdry and violent pop culture that has become a tsunami of blood and gore. An entire generation has been poisoned by a steady diet of television and movie shootings, knifings, explosions and assorted trauma.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop ofWashington, suggests we need to look into our hearts.

"What is it in our culture, what is it in our society that leads to this type of violence? Is it that we are so focused on ourselves? Is it that we don't regard the dignity of every single person, the value of every single life, as something precious? Have we created such a mindset in our country that human life isn't considered any longer precious, sacred, something we're not allowed to take? We have to do some soul-searching."

Good questions all, but there's more media bang-bang with guns. Trash trumps all.

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