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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 Nov. 2, 2010 / 25 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Sanity and/or Fear Meet Comedy — or Not

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you are a big fan of Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, you probably got a big kick out of the title of Saturday's "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the National Mall in Washington. The motto was "Take it down a notch, America."

Keep it up, comedy guys. There's nothing like being told you're a ranting fool if you don't like watching America go deeper and deeper into debt. Forget about wooing those folks. Hold a rally that's bound to alienate those who aren't in on the joke.

Stewart and company portrayed the rally as non-political. Stewart gave a sweet "Can't we all get along?" chat. Maybe he even fooled himself.

The very presence of Colbert, however, undercuts any notion of disagreeing without being disagreeable. Colbert has built a career on a character based on Fox News' Bill O'Reilly or Glenn Beck and telling that same joke over and over and over again. Liberals tune in because the Faux Colbert doesn't challenge, but instead plays to his left-wing audience's limitless appetite for smug.

At one point during the rally, Colbert objected to Yusuf — formerly Cat Stevens — singing "Peace Train" at Stewart's behest. Colbert told Yusuf, "I am not getting on that train" and started a real-time battle of the ballads between Yusuf and Ozzy Osbourne singing "Crazy Train." It was sorta funny until Papa Bear Stewart put an end to the rift — and Colbert choked back, "You ruin things with reasonableness."

And they call that satire.

While Stewart used the rally to trash cable TV news — "Americans don't live here or on cable TV," he intoned — I didn't see much of a difference between Comedy Central and cable news. This entire political season has been peppered with episodes tailor-made to reassure liberals that they are smart and tolerant, and their opponents are stupid and crazy. You couldn't go a day watching CNN without hearing the latest tidbit from Sarah Palin, the latest gaffe by Nevada hopeful Sharron Angle or vintage video of Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell.

The message was clear: If you don't like President Obama, you're with Stupid.

Just like "The Daily Show."

The New York Times, Associated Press and National Public Radio banned their own journalists from attending the rally on their own time — I believe, lest the public's suspicions of liberal bias be confirmed.

On "Meet the Press" Sunday, Michele Norris marveled that many Dems watched the rally and thought, "Boy, you know, if these were voters that might be in our camp, wouldn't it have been interesting if those people were out canvassing or actually doing something on the weekend before the election?"

Meet the downside of the smugness echo chamber: It doesn't work. Only a select number of people can fit in with the in-crowd.

In 2008, Obama managed to be cool and energize the electorate. In 2010, after months belittling the pinhead tea party people, his brainy base voters are too precious to pump votes from red-state oafs.

As for the oafs, they know they'll never be good enough for Comedy Central — where smart swells like Colbert want to ruin everything with their, uh, reasonableness.

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