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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 August 31, 2010 / 21 Elul, 5770

Beck, the Next McVeigh?

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Talk show host Glenn Beck held an ecumenical revival meeting on the mall in Washington D.C. Saturday. A lot of people came.

The Rev. Al Sharpton held a counter demonstration in the same city the same day. Not many participated.

Unofficial estimates for the size of the crowd at Mr. Beck's "Restore Honor" rally ranged from 87,000 from CBS News to an equally risible million plus by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

The National Park Service stopped doing official crowd estimates after Louis Farrakhan threw a tantrum when the Park police officially pegged the turnout for his 1995 "Million Man March" at just north of 400,000.

But ballpark estimates are not difficult to do when you are dealing with a space of known size, and you have aerial photographs that give you a reasonable idea of crowd density.

If you estimate the crowd density at 10 square feet per person, as did Charlie Martin, an engineer who blogs at Pajamas Media, then attendance at the Beck rally was about 215,000. The National Park Service says a "dense crowd" has about five square feet per person. That would mean Mr. Beck's crowd was about 430,000. If you split the difference, you get 300,000 -- which is what NBC News estimated the crowd to be.

The Washington Post estimated the turnout for Mr. Sharpton's march and rally at between 2,000 and 3,000. The New York Times pegged it at "several hundred."

The turnout for Mr. Beck's rally was comparable to the 200,000 or so who heard Martin Luther King Jr. make his "I have a dream" speech on the same spot on the same date.

Mr. Beck said this was a coincidence, which, he said, was "providential." He and other speakers -- mostly notably Martin Luther King's niece, Dr. Alveda King -- effusively praised Dr. King.

Mr. Beck is trying to "hijack" the civil rights movement, Mr. Sharpton said.

"Glenn Beck is trying to reverse what King did and there are those of us who are not going to allow that to happen," Mr. Sharpton said in an interview.

Martin Luther King "was hailed for his exhortation that his country judge people by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin," noted Washington Examiner columnist Gregory Kane, who is black. "Sharpton gained notoriety during the boycott of a white-owned business in Harlem. The good revvum called the owner a'white interloper.'"

Mr. Sharpton played no role in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. Dr. Alveda King did. She thinks her uncle would have been pleased to have 200,000 plus mostly white folks endorse his goal and cheer his name at the place where he made his "I Have a Dream" speech.

"If Uncle Martin could be here today, he would surely commend us for giving honor where honor is due," Ms. King said. "He would encourage us to lay aside the divisive lies that cause us to think we are part of separate races. We are one human family."

That they lustily cheered Martin Luther King didn't deter many liberal pundits and journalists from asserting or implying that those who attended the "Restore Honor" rally were bigots.

CNN's Bill Press, a former Democratic party official, said granting Mr. Beck a permit to speak at the Lincoln Memorial was like "giving al Qaida permission to hold a rally on Sept. 11 at Ground Zero."

Liberal blogger Dave Niewart (Crooks and Liars) said: "when I saw pan shots of the crowd -- which was one of the whitest crowds in D.C. in recent memory -- I mostly thought I saw 'the next Timothy McVeigh.'" (It is doubtful Oklahoma City bomber McVeigh, an atheist, would have gone near a religious revival meeting.)

Atlantic editor Clive Crook, who describes himself as "a member of the uncomprehending godless elite," preferred facts to malicious spin.

"The truth is, it was an enormously friendly, good-natured event," Mr. Crook said. "There were families with children everywhere, all smiles."

But Mr. Crook did witness one bit of callousness.

"Walking back to my home in predominantly white northwest D.C., I paused for a bite to eat in the predominantly white Dupont Circle area, in a cafe whose clientele was predominantly white," he wrote. "There I did see something mean. A family wearing 'Restore Honor' T- shirts walked by outside, and a little girl tripped and hurt herself. The couple at the next table laughed."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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