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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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. 23, 2008 / 24 Tishrei 5769

Up the memory hole

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Confession is good for the soul, and some 10 years late, Dale Bumpers has tried it.


It was in 1998 that the gentleman from Arkansas delivered his valedictory speech in the United States Senate as he was ending his 24-year career in that chamber. It was an eloquent address (all of Mr. Bumpers's speeches are eloquent) in which he'd quoted Harry Truman about the danger of the country's having a president who lied.


Unfortunate timing. For that was shortly before a retired Sen. Bumpers would return to the Senate to defend Bill Clinton in a presidential impeachment trial against a charge of perjury. The former senator would defend his presidential client by saying, among a great many other things, that lying about marital infidelity shouldn't be taken that seriously.


But in his earlier speech, Dale Bumpers had quoted Mr. Truman directly about the importance of telling the truth. And few people could be as direct as Harry Truman. When the 33rd president of the United States told it with the bark off, the result was a kind of work of art.


Saying it was a Defining Moment in his own life, Sen. Bumpers remembered Harry Truman telling him: "The only time this country ever gets into trouble is when there is some so-and-so in the White House lying to the American people. So, remember, always tell the truth."


The quotation from Mr. Truman remains a jewel — a kind of diamond in the rough. Maybe it ought to be carved on a mantel somewhere in the White House. It was a service to posterity for Mr. Bumpers to preserve it. But when I looked for the quote in the official version of his speech in the Congressional Record, there it wasn't.


Not even an ellipsis remained to hint that something was missing from Sen. Bumpers' eloquent address. At least the New York Times's Maureen Dowd left us a clue when she once used those telltale dots to distort the meaning of a quotation from George W. Bush in her column, the better to attack him. Whoever edited Sen. Bumpers' speech didn't do even that. Harry Truman's words had simply disappeared.


It was the kind of omission that would have become the Great Soviet Encyclopedia. In its heyday, the image of a purged commissar might be airbrushed out of an official picture after he'd fallen out of favor. For he'd become an unperson — as if he'd never existed.


No big deal. Winston Smith did that kind of thing all day long when he worked in "1984's" Ministry of Truth. Just so, this quote from Harry Truman had become an unquote. As if it had never been uttered. As in "1984," it had been thrown down the memory hole.


When the omission in the Congressional Digest was noted, it was blamed on somebody else — somebody unidentified, naturally. It's always somebody else who dunnit.


Could it have been the senator himself who'd erased the quote? Oh, no, "some staff member was cleaning it up," the Hon. Dale Bumpers said at the time. Not that it mattered to him, he added. (Why all this fuss over mere words, after all?)


The senator's loyal staff backed him up: He'd had no role in the deletion, they said. He hadn't even known about it. Investigation closed. The usual, anonymous suspect had been rounded up. All was in order.


Ten years passed. The body had been buried, the questions interred. Any doubts lay a-molderin' in the grave. But somewhere deep, conscience must have stirred. Because the other day, Dale Bumpers fessed up. "Whatever the staff did," he said, "I probably instructed them to do." Because when things were edited out of the official record, the former senator remembers, "I did most of it myself."


I'd suspected as much back then, but wasn't about to say so — not without a confession. Call it a hang-up from a brief, inglorious stint as a court reporter long ago for the estimable Columbia Missourian in Harry Truman's home state. I'd also learned by then that you don't fiddle with a direct quote.


Not that Dale Bumpers is sure even now that he did it. "It's been 10 years," he says. "I can't remember what I might have done or said."


Well, sure. There are some things one might not want to remember too clearly.


But now, after a decade, Dale Bumpers has come closer to telling the truth. I bet he feels better.

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