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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 June 23, 2010 11 Tamuz 5770

Impolite Pols May Face Doom

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Listen up, you morons: The United States has gotten less civil.

"Two out of three Americans consider a general lack of civility to be a major problem for the nation, and 72 percent think that poor behavior has gotten worse in recent years," according to a new study by Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate in partnership with KRC Research. (How did all of them get along? I wonder.)

And while incivility is a problem in virtually all walks of life, politicians may be particularly vulnerable: Some 83 percent of those polled said, "People should not vote for candidates and politicians who are uncivil."

So nobody is going to win come November, I guess.

I was given an advance look at the study, which polled 1,003 U.S. adults between April 20-23. When asked how they would describe the "general tone and level of civility" in the areas below, the results were:

Government/Politics … 72 percent uncivil

Traffic on roads/highways … 69 percent

American public … 61 percent

Talk radio … 59 percent

High schools … 59 percent

Hollywood celebrities … 56 percent

Professional sports … 54 percent

Television … 52 percent

Blogs … 51 percent

CEOs … 49 percent

News reporters/commentators … 48 percent

Social networking sites … 43 percent

Companies/places of employment … 40 percent

College/university campuses … 40 percent

Advertising … 39 percent

Twitter … 35 percent

Friends/relatives … 17 percent

Places of worship … 14 percent

We, as a people, pay a price for the jerks among us: Nearly half of all Americans say they are "tuning out" of government and politics, 46 percent are tuning out of opinion pieces and editorials in the media, and 38 percent are tuning out of news coverage and reporting.

Some 75 percent of Americans believe uncivil companies should be boycotted, and more than 56 percent have already done so based on their own personal experiences.

And hold onto your hats: "Seventy-one percent of Democrats view Republicans as uncivil, and 74 percent of Republicans view Democrats as uncivil." Some 58 percent of independents rate Republicans as uncivil, and 50 percent rate Democrats as uncivil.

Pam Jenkins, the president of Powell Tate/Weber Shandwick, sounded very civil on the phone (also, she said she would call me at 9 a.m., and she actually called me at 9 a.m.!)

I asked her to define incivility, and she said, "Rudeness and a lack of respect for those who have different points of view and who don't share the same view of the world."

Jenkins said it was interesting to her "that CEOs are seen as more uncivil than the companies themselves."

As to the relatively high incivility rating of blogs (51 percent of those polled considered blogs uncivil, and only 20 percent considered them civil), she said, "Discontented people can express their vitriol and can get attention from the media."

She said Washington discourse has gotten worse. "I have three kids," she said, "and when I was a kid it was unimaginable that a member of Congress would call the president a liar."

Some other findings of the survey:

— Baby boomers are the most likely to think civility is a problem.

— Three in four people say the financial crisis and recession have made the level of civility worse in this country.

— Incivility is tolerated in newspapers and magazines, but much less on television and radio. "Few say they have cancelled a subscription to a newspaper or magazine if their content was uncivil. In contrast, many say they have not watched or listened to a program because they were uncomfortable with its lack of civility," the study found.

— Majorities believe "there is a role for all parties in improving civility, but primary responsibility rests with the general public and political leaders."

And you knew this was coming: "Looking forward, Americans expect civility to get worse rather than better."

One more finding: 98.6 percent of all human beings find me extremely civil.

Don't believe that? Up yours.

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