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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 Feb 15, 2012/ 22 Shevat, 5772

Hope for the Hip-Hop-ocrisy at the Grammys

By Ron Hart




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Los Angeles--- It was another first for this Forrest Gump-like life of mine: I went to the Grammys. A college buddy, who has won many Grammys for producing country music videos, chaired the Board of Trustees this year. Not bad for a graduate of an inexpensive party school that did not have tuition each semester---they just called it a cover charge.

Celebrities really do not have big, extravagant events to give themselves awards very often. They generally limit the awards "season" to starting in January of each year, and they try to wrap it up right before Christmas so they can go to rehab to rest for a week.

These are events where adoration-addicted performers converge to say nice things about themselves. It is always inspiring when they swoop in with their entourages in private jets, take stretch limos to the event, and then give the rest of us a talking-to because we are not doing enough to lower our carbon footprint.

To be fair, celebs do buy token small electric cars so they can talk about owning one in public. They never actually drive the cars, since they are not safe and you cannot see out the back because the "Obama/Biden 2012" bumper sticker covers the rear window.

It is mostly out of fear and the never-ending pursuit of wanting to be liked that entertainers feel compelled to echo the mindless and unworkable mantra of the left, intimating at every turn that we need more government to insure equal outcomes for all. The irony is that, when you attend the awards parties, you see an obvious stratification of people by status. They are all for equality as long as there remains in place a clear celebrity caste system of A-List thru C-List. "Change and hope" are all well and good; just do not force Madonna attend the same party as Lee Greenwood.

The other interesting dynamic at play in California is the way the leftist Hollywood/recording industry is pitted against the just-pretend-left Silicon Valley Internet concerns. The entertainment industry's lobbyists have funded the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). It seems Hollywood is all for "fairness" and "sharing" until someone tries to listen to one of its songs or download one of its movies without paying. Then they get the Feds involved.

It is funny how the left always views others as greedy, never itself.

If SOPA, or its clone in the Senate, PIPA, is passed, the Obama Justice Department will have the power to shut down and silence any website or blog it wants while doing little to stop piracy of music or movies. So who do you think Eric Holder would shut down first, MoveOn.org or Teaparty.org?

The closeness of entertainers to the Democrats remains strong. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently visited the Obamas for dinner at the White House. I am certain the Obamas frantically checked to make sure Sasha and Malia were still there when Brad and Angelina left.

A-list stars feel compelled to be liberal; otherwise, they would get no job offers in Hollywood. Confessing to not being liberal would provoke the same contemptuous reaction as a LaLa-land comedian telling an Obama political joke in his act: he would be silently blacklisted.

Here is the good news. On this trip to LA, I sensed that there is a growing, but still closeted, group of entertainers who will confess to being libertarian after a drink or two. They tell you this with faces that say, "Please, I beg of you, just don't tell Clive Davis, Harvey Weinstein or Stephen Spielberg."

None other than Snoop Dogg, whose lyrics might expose him as a free-market capitalist, famously said that he had his "mind on my money and my money on my mind" (Ayn Rand would be proud of him). Snoop is leading the change for celebs.

Furthering the evolution of thought by Snoop Dogg, he boldly came out and said he backed libertarian Ron Paul for president. Snoop agrees with Ron Paul on a broad range of positions, from the legalization of pot to making marijuana legal. It may not be raining libertarianism in the entertainment business, but thank Snoop Dogg for drizzle.

I am optimistic that reason will prevail over theater, both in Hollywood and Washington. Ralph Waldo Emerson said of a dinner guest, "The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." I submit that the modern political equivalent should be: The more a person talks of "fairness," the quicker you should check to see if you still have your wallet.

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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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Previously:

The Bain of Our Existence

Confusing Obama and 'Go Bama'

E-conning the Public, Washington Spending, and Other Shell Games

Looking Back at 2011

Kim Jong Il: North Koreans Love You Long Time --- it's Mandatory

What the MF-- Global?

The GOP Primaries: The Adultery of Hope

No Thankfulness at Thanksgiving for the OWS Crowd

Cain Mutiny, or a ‘High-tech Lynching?’

Slipping into an Envy-ocracy

An honest, if unconventional, assessment of those vying to wipe that smirk off Obama's smug mug

The Unwashed Masses Descend on New York City

Obama ‘pivots to jobs’ --- his

Washington: Blame No One. Do Something!

Our Debt Problems: Politicians Extend and Pretend

No Child Left --- To the Left

Dems' debt ceiling demagoguery

Golf Summit --- I Like Spike(s)

Nancy Pelosi Finally Demands a Weiner Probe

The porkulus political payback project

Schwarzenegger, please!

An ILL Wind for Business --- Boeing, Boeing Gone?

Osama's 72 Virgins --- and Obama's 72 Versions

Bin Laden was taken out by seals and now sleeps with the fishes

Trump: Got 99 problems, but rich ain't one

Why you should see the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ movie

Why The Donald trumps the Bamster

O-Bomb-A

Mid-East Megalomaniacal Despots on the Run

Truther or Dare

Facebook ‘Un-friends’ Our Increasingly Regulation-burdened Capital Markets

Egyptians Unfriend Mubarak

Hold 'em liable --- the colleges, that is

Follow your Hart in a look back at 2010

GOP wins in showdown

WikiLeaks --- Danger or Disinfectant?

The Angle of the Rangel

Where We Let Terrorists Really Hurt Us

Time to starve the spending beast

The TSA: We Do Chicken Right!

A Red Wave

No Juan Left Behind at NPR

Capitalism in Time Saves Mine

The Broader Picture of What These Elections Mean

Dem-moralized: ‘Dead Fish’ taken to the trash cant

Ships Passing in the Night

Obamanomics continue to add up . . . for Republicans

She had Tiger by the tail: If Elin did not get Tiger's money, Obama would have


© 2010 Ron Hart

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