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Jewish World Review
March 4, 2003
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A curse? You should have a lot of money, but you should be the only one in your family who does.   —   Ernst Lubitsch

ABOUT JWR'S FUTURE

Not long ago, I found myself in the office of a corporate CEO. This fellow is known as a philanthropist, and I was trying for YEARS to meet with him.

After exchanging pleasantries, he became very serious. "If your own readers don't support you," he asked from behind his wide mahogany desk, "then why should I?"

Was the question insensitive? Obviously. But he had a point.

Unlike the CEO, there should be no reason for me to make a "pitch" to you about what JWR is --- and why it needs support.

We defend the values YOU hold dear and do so with elegance and eloquence.

And yet and yet, we need more and more of our readers to care -- that means you, all of you -- that we have the resources to keep on keeping on. (I'm SINCERELY grateful to those who have contributed!)

For those who aren't aware, JWR is not some multi-million dollar company. It is still a one-man-show run out of a Brooklyn basement.

To be blunt: We need your help and we need it now.

As much as I like to think positively -- it's my nature -- there comes a time when reality sets in. After discussing JWR's situation with "experts," we decided on a few possible scenarios. Here they are. We could

1) reduce our publishing schedule to twice or three times weekly.

2) become a subscription-only service with a semi-annual charge

3) offer free and "premium" tracks, which would require a fee

4) spruce up our advertising by adding pop-ups. (They are annoying, but they pay well.)

I would like things to stay the way they are, but without funding it's an impossibility.

What we have NO intention of doing is folding. We know the impact we are having in the cultural debate. And, then, there all of those warm letters we receive.

I am NOT asking you to stop reading if you can't make a donation. But I AM reassuring you that you need not be embarrassed if you can only give a small amount.

Whatever the amount, it will be greatly appreciated. At this point, ANYTHING, and I do mean ANYTHING, is better than nothing. Let's not be forced to change how JWR is run.

I've quoted the CEO. Now, let me quote a reader, James Graper: "Should I trust you with my mind but not my money?"

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on law
The nation we have become: America's dirty little double standard
By Cal Thomas

There are two ways to look at the decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding its ruling last June in which it declared the Pledge of Allegiance clause violates the constitutional prohibition against government established religion.

One way is for politicians of both parties to demagogue the ruling for votes. Many of them don't pay much attention to the Creator when it comes to the great moral issues of the day, but they find Him a convenient tool to persuade people they are doing His will in Washington.



Kosher.com




perspective
Bush, the Palestinians' savior?
By Daniel Pipes

Consistency and predictability are core strengths of George W. Bush as a politician. Be the issue domestic (taxes, education) or foreign (terrorism, Iraq), once he settles on a policy he sticks with it. There is no ambiguity, no guessing what his real position might be, no despair at interpreting contradictions. Even his detractors never complain about "Tricky George" or "Slick Bush."

But there is one exception to this pattern. And -- couldn't you have predicted it? -- the topic is the Arab-Israeli conflict.




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It's Not As Tough As You Think: How to smooth out life's bumps (NEW SERIES. YOU'LL ENJOY IT!) Keeping it simple





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An artificial bacteria could save your legs

Career matters by Marty Nemko: Under the radar: The One-Week Job Search

Remains turned into diamonds

Kids joining health clubs

Car plates could honor Columbia crew

Skin conditioner being recalled

Testicular self-exams not taught, not used

Red lights might battle blindness

Everyday Cheapskate: Finding better insurance rates; seeing the light; doggone good dosage; the gift of great food; volunteering pays in unexpected ways

Dr. Ed Blonz: Raw meat is a risky delicacy; putting on weight

Consumer Reports on JWR: Competition heats up with gas, electric ranges



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Zev Chafets: Those human shields need some star power

MediaPerson: Two master debaters

ScrappleFace: Powell continues 'saber rattling' in Pakistan interview

Art Buchwald: Tax free defense

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Evan Weiner: At Augusta, the real fun and games will not be on the course

Lou Dobbs: Freedom: Our best export (GREAT!)

Dan Abrams: Michigan backing off of mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug crimes

Dennis Prager: Dan and Saddam

Leonard Pitts, Jr: Not an appreciation of Mr. Rogers

Lewis A. Fein: Hollywood's quiet heroes (FANTASTIC!)

Steve Young: Energy shortage vs energy profit: A Political Primer

Eve Tushnet: Killing them softly


AL JAZEERA PREEMPTS OSAMA TAPE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON SPECIAL
Yet another blow for al Qaeda
  —  Andy Borowitz

Capital Comment: Daily news notes, political rumors and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world

Laura Ingraham: The French PR machine crashes

Jack Kelly: Bioterror nightmare approaching --- how it could likely happen

Mark Goldblatt: Human Shield: Everything you'd expect and more

Jonathan Rauch: Can a young Dem save his party from itself?

Nat Hentoff: Colin Powell meets the teen-age press

John Leo: Protection for protesters

George Will: Permission from the powerless

Wesley Pruden: A gift from Heaven, but not in French

Mona Charen: Drugs? Torture? How to handle captured al Qaeda terrorists (THOUGHT PROVOKING!)



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Mallard Filmore

Gary Varvel

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Paul Greenberg: The unstrung quartet

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Richard Z. Chesnoff: Palestinian silent majority gets louder

Ask Wendy: Collective punishment: The readers weigh in --- against me

Mark Steyn: Death wish

Dennis Prager: Which will the world's future be: Muslim, European or American?

Michael Freund: On Michael Jordan and mustard gas

Steven Emerson: How a terrorist enterprise was created, maintained, financed, and coordinated from the safety of the United States

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: The plot thickens

George Will : Europe's Monomania

Hillel Halkin: The immorality of losing

Kerry Dougherty: Arafat gets ass-inine plea from PETA on intifada




Binyamin L. Jolkovsky: He has an eye on Creation

David D. Perlmutter: 'Palestine' for Dummies

Doug Marlette: How do you say "freedom of speech" in Arabic?

Nadia Matar: Jane in Jerusalem

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