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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 Sept. 9, 2009 / 20 Elul 5769

You Really Don't Know Jack

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "You Don't Know Jack" is the perfect title for the upcoming HBO biopic starring Al Pacino as Death Doc Jack Kevorkian — because it is clear that many of Kevorkian's fawning interviewers don't know much about Jack.

Fox News' Neil Cavuto, for example, last week introduced Kevorkian as a "Michigan physician who claims to have assisted in the suicides of at least 130 terminally ill people from 1990 to 1998."

Physician? Not the kind who treats patients. Kevorkian was a pathologist until his medical license was yanked in 1991. In 1999, a Michigan jury convicted him of second-degree murder after he gave a lethal injection to Thomas Youk, a 52-year-old man suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.

As for the risible notion that his victims were terminally ill, well, it collapses in the harsh light of a New England Journal of Medicine analysis of the autopsies of 69 Kevorkian cases in Oakland County, Mich. The report found that three-quarters of Kevorkian's "patients" were not terminally ill. Indeed, five showed no evidence of disease.

That's right, folks, he engaged in what Cavuto called "mercy killings" for healthy people. President Obama cannot be happy that Kevorkian gave a quasi-endorsement of ObamaCare on Cavuto's show. "The death panel makes it sound so negative," he grimaced.

In the same hour, Kevorkian spoke up for Michael Jackson's doctor, as he dryly observed, "The patient got what he wanted."

If Cavuto says so himself, Kevorkian made for "a very insightful and at times convoluted interview." But what's truly convoluted is the glorification of Kevorkian as an agent of "mercy." Where is the mercy in telling vulnerable people that they should want to die?

The issue here is not whether patients should be forced to endure treatments they don't want, as patients do and should have the right to refuse unwanted treatment.

But death-doc fans should not be so enamored with their iconic image of stoic patients nearing death without fear that they fail to notice that some of Kevorkian's victims were not even sick, or that those who were ill might be vulnerable individuals more in need of true mercy — loving care — than a shove out the door.

The high ratio of female "patients" — 71 percent of his Oakland County menage — bares the sort of Blanche DuBois ("I've always depended on the kindness of strangers") flavor of the act.

Kevorkian said he helped dispatch his first "patient," Janet Adkins, 54, in 1990 because she "had a wonderful life, a good life, but the quality of her life was slipping away due to an incurable disease and she didn't want to suffer." Yes, she had early Alzheimer's, but she was well enough to play tennis days before her demise.

Meanwhile, Kevorkian, 81, has been in such poor health — read: high blood pressure, arthritis, hernias, hepatitis C, heart disease, Addison's disease and lung disease — that when he was paroled in 2007, his lawyer didn't think the death doc would live "more than a year." And yet he endures. No doubt because life — at least for Kevorkian — is precious.

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