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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 Oct. 1, 2007 / 26 Tishrei 5768

Turning their back on truth to further agenda

By Kathryn Lopez


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Is the truth necessary only when it suits your political agenda?


No. Anyone who has ever attended kindergarten knows that truth — and being honest — are required in all aspects of life, especially in political forums. But Senate Democrats, in condemning talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh, have proven yet again that they should have flunked out of preschool.


Limbaugh had an on-air conversation with a caller about "phony soldiers" — people who pretend to be U.S. soldiers either to get at money allocated for vets or simply to get attention in order to amplify their views; in other words, actual frauds.


People who don't actually listen to Limbaugh (I do — where else does one go for sanity in New York City?), like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and former NATO commander Wesley Clark, decided that Limbaugh was accusing soldiers who don't agree with him of being phony soldiers. But Limbaugh, who has nothing but the utmost respect for those who wear the uniform, and a solid record of honoring them, was doing nothing of the sort. Suggestions that he would do such a thing are based on pure ignorance and malice or jealousy.


Days after Limbaugh's broadcast, I assumed that no reasonable person could believe this charge against him. But the case against Limbaugh and his "phony soldiers" comment was already the talk of television and the U.S. Senate. Reid called him "unpatriotic," and some 40 senators — including presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — apparently signed a letter demanding that Clear Channel drop Limbaugh. Clear Channel wasn't interested, whether out of principle or profit. It was right to dismiss the Senate Dems.


Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa took it an unnecessarily tasteless step further: "What's most despicable is that Rush Limbaugh says these provocative things to make more money. So he castigates our soldiers. This makes more news. It becomes in the news. More people tune in. He makes more money. Well, I don't know. Maybe he was just high on his drugs again. I don't know whether he was or not. If so, he ought to let us know, but that shouldn't be an excuse."


What a disgrace.


Instead of condemning Harkin's outrage, his colleague, Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado, expressed his desire for the Senate to censure Limbaugh. That, despite the fact that Salazar's own brother, U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., introduced legislation, which passed the House and Senate unanimously last year, to prosecute people claiming medals they had not earned on the battlefield (Stolen Valor Act). Rep. Salazar is currently working on a database of those who have been awarded honors.


But the Senate doesn't get outraged by its own easily. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois wasn't censured in June 2006 for comparing American troops to genocidal tyrants. And the Senate didn't censure Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy when, in May 2004, he used the occasion of those awful photos from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to say, "Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management." Those were inappropriate, awful pictures that debased human dignity, but they weren't the torture chambers of Saddam Hussein, and Kennedy knew it.


But the Senate doesn't get outraged at Kennedy. There is only Senate outrage when it's politically convenient — when it means aiding a push to get Limbaugh kicked off Armed Forces Radio, when it means distorting the truth about someone whose popularity they know is a threat to their political agenda.

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