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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. 13, 2013 /10 Kislev, 5774

Incognito No More: Where does the locker room culture end and the PC world begin?

By Ron Hart




JewishWorldReview.com | Sporting the most ironic name in NFL history, Miami Dolphin Richie Incognito purportedly bullying a fellow 320-pound lineman should give us pause for reflection. It's emblematic of the continued wussification of America.

Incognito was asked to push teammate Jonathan Martin in order to make him tougher to help the team win. The bully-ee, Martin, left the team after his teammates left his table at lunch. It's a junior high school-like stunt, not cause for national hysteria.

Specifics are thin. Granted Incognito looks like he should be fishing off a bridge, but don't jump to conclusions. The left automatically blames Incognito because two things are in play here: race and sports. (1) Incognito is white and therefore a racist. (2) Football is brutal, involves money and there are winners and losers based on merit; therefore, it is bad. So the media immediately do a beat down on Incognito.

Just because the left has not put much thought into the allegations does not mean you shouldn't.



Lost in the incremental political correctness taking hold in our country is the fact that we are becoming soft. Kids getting eighth place trophies for participating and misplaced praise for every little thing they do have turned these self-absorbed X- or Y-generation kids into complete pussy willows, way over-self esteemed. We have a prime example in the White House now who acknowledges no faults of his own and who only blames others.

I was hazed as in football, in my college fraternity, and at Goldman Sachs. Hazing served a purpose and was usually done because they like you. It takes effort to haze, and guys generally only put forth such effort on those they want to make better. It's odd but it is a guy thing. Women shower each other with fake shallow compliments; guys kid you about your weaknesses. Which identifies problems and allows you to get better?

My dad was a drill sergeant at Parris Island. Soon Marine drill sergeants will have to ask politely, through their attorneys, vetted by human resources, if recruits will drop and give them five pushups.

Human interaction is complex, and it is not for us to judge its subtleties. The offensive language both Incognito and Martin used is how they talked. I wouldn't use it, but rap songs are worse. The First Amendment applies, even to football players.

Incognito was the "best friend Martin had on the team." He felt toughening Martin up was in his and the team's best interest. How do you think that happens in the NFL? It is certainly not in a sensitivity workshop led by a Birkenstock-wearing gluten-free college psych professor.

Some have alleged Martin might be gay. If true, I can see how he would want to stay in the closet. It might cause him locker room problems, and guys would stop spotting him in the weight room. More gays in the NFL would be great. It would mean fewer out of wedlock kids and more production value with end-zone dances.

Thankfully, you can be who you are in America. In San Francisco you can see parades full of men being who they are. But NFL locker rooms are not Elton John's Oscar parties—although Sir Elton would like that theme.

Hazing in the NFL is as old as shooting up a night club and filing for personal bankruptcy right after you retire. Crime in Oakland is so bad that the Raiders hired the Johnny Cochran Firm as defense coordinator. Crime is one thing; hurting someone's feelings is another.

After the Manti Te'o imaginary girlfriend episode, the NFL asked draftees their sexual preference. Most answered "frequently." Then they stopped the practice. Maybe a better way would be to have the players list their favorite movie actors. Most would probably name John Wayne or Bruce Willis. My guess is Martin listed Ned Beatty.

Football is violent. It's not a sport unless someone obliterates a tendon so loudly you can hear it in the stands. Braving a long line at the $9 beer stand in 35-degree game day weather gives them the right to call players cowards. It is odd, but that's how it is with some spectators.

Where does the locker room culture end and the PC world begin? Given the trajectory of America's current litigious and pansy-like culture, we need to err on the side of manning up.


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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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