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December 2, 2014

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 December 19, 2013/ 17 Teves, 5774

'Tis the season for apologies

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | If Barack Obama wants a worthy legacy, now that he is well on his way to wrecking the health-care system, he should establish a cabinet-level department to make sure that every American gets all the apologies he deserves.

Demanding apologies has become the national pastime. The apologies don't have to be authentic, and in fact few of them are. The most often heard apology, usually offered by a politician, is something like "I sincerely apologize to anyone who might have been offended for anything I said." Translated from the corporate vernacular, that's "if I said anything to hurt your feelings, tough."

Nevertheless, millions of Americans never get even that much because they didn't know they were being offended. With thousands of inspectors general ranging across the land, looking for offenders to match with offendees, supply would catch up with demand. Offenders would be supplied with a pad of blank forms - each form an Official U.S. Government Approved Apology - to be dispensed to all. With that and $3.50 the offendee could get an extra-hot de-caf latte at Starbucks. Many offendees need no help in taking offense, which makes the pain more exquisite for those who do.

An Englishman was barred from Facebook because he put up the usual Facebook triviality, this one about his love for a favorite pub lunch of meatballs, with green peas and roast potatoes, which the English have called "faggots" for centuries. "I like faggots," he tweeted, and this was taken as a homophobic slur, though Robert Wilkes, 54, hardly knew why. "It may have a different meaning in America," he said, "but I used it in a food context. Facebook allows beheading videos, cruelty to animals, stabbing and terrible swearwords," he protested, "but not this."

It's true that "faggot" is an ancient word, coined long before someone invented GLBTQ but this man is not properly repentant, and ignorance of the gallows excuses neither rape nor mopery. He should choke on his next plate of peas and faggots.

Facebook's pain was nothing like the agony suffered by a University of West Florida student when he stepped up for his plane in Pensacola, bound for his home in Albany, N.Y. He was aghast when he looked at his boarding pass. "At first I didn't think I was reading it right," he said. But there it was, his passenger code in bold black ink: H8GAY. "If I were a gay male I might have thought that a Delta worker purposely gave me that code." The official apologizer for Delta Air Lines came through with corporate regrets, but the computer that generated the code, which may or may not have a lecherous eye on that cute little printer nearby, is still working for Delta.



Sometimes, this still being America, a suspect invokes his First Amendment right to say what he thinks and makes no apology. Phil Robertson, the bearded star of a TV-reality show called "Duck Dynasty," about a Louisiana family that gets rich and famous making duck calls, was suspended from the A&E cable network for saying his Christian faith teaches that practicing homosexuality is a sin. A&E is always on the lookout for offenses (depending on the offendee). The network once asked Papa Duck to omit Jesus from a prayer to avoid offending Muslims.

Since race and sex are the most dangerous topics in America, it's important that everybody talk about nothing else, and carefully. Not the budget, immigration, guns, abortion, whether to bomb Iran or the church on the corner. Megyn Kelly, the hot, hot Fox News correspondent, tried to have a grown-up conversation the other day with Aisha Harris, a black commentator, about the commercial depiction of Santa Claus. "A fat old white man who is melanin deficient made me feel ashamed as a child," she said, and urged that the Santa Claus image be made over.

Miss Kelly observed that Mr. Claus, though not actually real, was originally St. Nicholas, a kindly and generous saint who was real, venerated by Catholics and honored by Protestants. He was indeed melanin deficient, though as a Greek he was not particularly fair or blue-eyed. Using St. Nicholas as a model, Santa Claus was extruded in the early Nineteenth Century as a symbol of Christmas giving at a time when Dec. 25 was just another day in America. Marketing did the rest.

But grown-up conversations are not fashionable in the early 21st century, and a stake was prepared for the lady's burning. Rant and rave is the order of the day. Many people are offended, some who may not even know it. Another vast nd oppressive government bureaucracy, under a Secretary of Sorry, to collect offenses would make a nifty Christmas present for everyone.

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