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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 Sept. 17, 2009 / 28 Elul 5769

The Absurdity Meter Blowup

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My absurdity meter has blown up. The current news has been simply too much for this frail device, which I attach to my television set to give me a daily reading of the news' absurdity content. First, two wholesome young people conduct a sting operation in the offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, presenting themselves as dealers in the sex business and receiving practical advice as to how to successfully conduct business and launder money. Then former President Jimmy Carter claims a congressman's terse, albeit ill-tempered, declamation was "based on racism." Finally, a United Nations "fact-finding" mission reports that Israel is morally equivalent to the terrorists who have lobbed 8,000 rockets and mortars into southern Israel since 2001. It was all too much for my little absurdity meter. Its dial spun madly. Its buzzer began to scream. Then it simply went pop and expired. I shall have to return it to Andrew Breitbart for repairs.


Which of the above stories is the most absurd I shall leave for you to judge. Jimmy Carter's has a whiff of the ominous to it. We have a mixed-race president, and undoubtedly there will be bigots who will make racially invidious judgments against him. Yet such primitives are off on the fringes of American life. At the center of American life, it is unlikely that anyone will consider President Barack Obama in racial terms. For Carter to charge this is as reprehensible as it is reckless. He was alleging that when Rep. Joe Wilson intemperately shouted "you lie!" during the president's health care address to Congress, the South Carolinian's eruption was "based on racism."


"There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president," said this smug little malcontent. Actually, that is a fiction. "Hardly anyone thinks that," says polling expert Karlyn Bowman, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and she cites a 2008 Gallup finding that 94 percent of the country was willing to vote "for a well-qualified person for president who happened to be black." Moreover, Jimmy is no paragon on the question of race baiting. At least two of his biographers — Betty Glad, three decades ago, and Steven F. Hayward, four years ago — have recorded that Jimmy played the race card in his early days in Georgia politics. His 1970 campaign for governor went so far as to distribute racially charged literature to the Ku Klux Klan. One could argue that Jimmy is playing the race card again, this time playing to the sense of black grievance. In both instances, he has encouraged ugly passions.


The other absurd story that encourages ugly passions is the United Nations report that Israel was somehow morally equivalent with Hamas last winter when it sent its forces into Gaza to relieve its citizenry from Hamas' rocket and mortar assaults. In fact, the report is harsher on Israel than it is on Hamas, for Israel's allegedly "deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population." Hamas' standard operating procedure is to launch attacks from civilian centers. It regularly uses civilians as shields. Moreover, its aerial attacks against civilian concentrations in Israel are unconscionable. They themselves constitute war crimes, but now this absurd U.N. report could expose the Israeli military to war crime proceedings. That is an ominous development.


Yet not all the recent absurdities have a grim aspect. One was utterly delightful. For years, law enforcement agencies and journalists have been trying to expose the felonious activities of the left-wing Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, particularly with regard to vote fraud and misuse of government money. Last week, two winsome conservative practitioners of guerrilla theater revealed that they had tapes of stings that they had perpetrated in ACORN offices all over the country. Posing as a pimp with his numero uno prostitute, the two sought advice from ACORN counselors as to how to gain a home loan for a brothel that would employ underage Central American girls.


Very professionally, ACORN employees advised them on how to camouflage their purposes, cheat the Internal Revenue Service, and launder the money. Bury it in the backyard was one bit of advice. Call yourself not a prostitute, but a "freelancing performance artist," came from another. ACORN's employees are urban sophisticates and apparently very experienced with government. One told the "pimp" how to collect child tax credit for the Central American girls. Another boasted of her close connections with Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Joe Baca. This woman, obviously a Californian, also spoke of the good old days when she herself was an "escort." And she bragged of something even more exciting. She, Ms. Tresa Kaelke, claimed to have killed her husband.


Perhaps now ACORN stands exposed for the criminal racket that it is. Yet there is something else to expose it for, a collection of knuckleheads. The two very young and very middle-class provocateurs were not very convincing; that is to their credit.


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