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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 Oct. 31, 2006 / 9 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

Rip the flag out of Chevy's greasy hands

By Lenore Skenazy


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and shamelessness.


If you watched the World Series, you've been hit with them all, thanks to the ads for Chevrolet's Silverado pickup truck. The spot is a montage of All-American images that pulls out all the emotional stops. You've got your Vietnam War, your houses swamped by Hurricane Katrina, your Ground Zero memorial, the haunting "Tribute in Light."


That's right: When you think tragedy, think Chevrolet!


Of course, that's not the point. The point is to get the juices flowing, the tears welling. Sucker that I am, I got a lump in my throat the size of a Hummer about three seconds in. How can you not choke up when you see those blue lights piercing the night sky?


And how can you not resent those lights - those souls - being used to sell trucks?


The ad doesn't stop there. As John Mellencamp sings, "This is our country," it shows Muhammad Ali and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, too. Rosa! The one human being most famous for taking public transportation.


Oh, but she's an American icon and Chevy's parent company, General Motors, likes to drape itself in the flag. Heck, all the American car companies do. But usually it's the purple mountains majesty kind of patriotism, where you're supposed to feel so proud to live in such a big, beautiful country (with such nice barns!) that you buy a car.


This new sad/happy patriotism is more insidious. It implies the answer to all our huge, horrible problems is: Go buy a car! Buy a big, American gas-guzzler from the company that has done its very best to keep us addicted to foreign oil.


Remember, it was GM that last summer came up with the revolutionary offer that it would subsidize your gas. The deal was that if you bought certain GM cars or SUVs in certain states, the company would guarantee you'd pay no more than $1.99 for a gallon of gas. The effect was to say: Don't be scared into buying a more fuel-efficient car just because gas prices are rising. Energy dependence for all!


And why is it that other countries do have such enviably efficient cars while we let our mileage standards lag even behind China's? Because for years, GM spearheaded the lobbying effort to kill more stringent standards. Even today, it's fighting the global warming agreement passed in New York, California and nine other states that requires a 25% reduction in vehicle emissions by 2009.


You don't see GM's lawyers in the Silverado slide show. You don't see melting icecaps or Saudis laughing at the bank or troops dying in Iraq. Nope, you see the sacred memory of about 3,000 souls being used to get you to your car dealer.


How infinitely more tasteful.

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