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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 April 17, 2007 / 29 Nissan, 5767

Imus and the Wonderful People

By David Limbaugh


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Let's stipulate, uncourageously, that Don Imus' epithet toward the Rutgers women's basketball players was vile, offensive and despicable. That said, I am troubled that, as usual, certain race hucksters seized on the event and, as usual, our society has allowed itself to be bullied into conceding their legitimacy and emboldening them. But I am even more concerned about what the firestorm surrounding Imus' whirlwind demise portends for the future of political discourse in this nation


I've grown suspicious of the sanctimonious types — in the media and elsewhere — who slobber all over themselves in self-congratulation when they publicly condemn statements or actions as racist.


I wonder whether their inner feelings and private conduct match their very public statements apparently designed to make the world believe they are compassionate, enlightened and, well, just wonderful people. Do they care as much about the plight of minorities as they do cultivating their image as wonderful human beings?


As others have said, if they are truly worried about the plight of minorities, especially blacks, then why don't they decry and organize against the racism and misogyny in rap and hip-hop music? "That's different," they say, "because it's art." Or, "That's different, because it's not racism when a minority disses his own."


Though this may be news to the culturally elite, placing something under the rubric of art doesn't immunize it from standards of decency — assuming you accept such antiquated notions. And whether or not it's technically racist for a member of a minority group to degrade another member of that group, surely reasonable people can acknowledge that one of the sins of racism is its disrespect for and degradation of members of a race.


As such, there is no excuse for the hucksters and the "wonderful people" to turn a blind eye toward or hoist a protective shield over much of hip-hop and rap music today. There is no excuse for their condemnation of Bill Cosby for trying to elevate.


If these self-appointed moral arbiters were so outraged at Imus' statement, where were they when he reportedly issued slurs against Jewish people? Why didn't the mainstream media narcissists snub Imus long before this incident?


Also, isn't there a hint of subtle racism in the hyperbole of some of these wonderful human beings regarding the presumed helplessness of the Rutgers ladies who, they imply, are going to be permanently damaged by Imus' remarks? While I won't downplay the offensiveness of the insult they were dealt, I'd like to give them more credit than to patronizingly assume they'll be crippled by it.


Isn't that message inconsistent with the theme that these ladies are accomplished, decent, honorable and self-respecting people? Aren't we sending mixed signals by overplaying the victimization aspects of the event? Can't we give these ladies more credit than to assume their futures have been destroyed by three nasty words from a talk show host who doesn't know them and couldn't possibly know anything about their character?


Shouldn't we quit treating these young ladies like they're helpless and fragile? Haven't they have proven quite the opposite with their dignified response and their gracious acceptance of the Imus apology?


And wouldn't it be shockingly refreshing if the reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would take a page from the ladies' playbook and begin to promote Christian forgiveness and redemption, rather than racial divisiveness?


We've come to expect this kind of exploitation from professional race agitators, but they're not the only ones who exploit race to elevate themselves and advance certain political causes. The growing danger is that this larger group of "wonderful people" will capitalize on the Imus event to raise to a new level their practice of making false and politically charged allegations of racism, sexism and the like to muzzle their political opponents.


While the wonderful people haven't yet succeeded in resurrecting the Fairness Doctrine to emasculate conservative talk radio, the Imus affair will doubtlessly energize them to redouble their efforts to demonize and silence conservatives.


For according to these moral arbiters, conservatives, by virtue of their conservatism, are racists. Case closed. How else could they make the unconscionable charge that President Bush delayed the federal response to Katrina because of his presumed racism? How else could they tag Sen. Trent Lott as a racist while ignoring Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd's repeated use of the "N-word"? How else could someone like Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel say without fear of public rebuke, "They used to call it 'Jim Crow,' but now they call it 'tax cuts'?"


For the wonderful people, it's not the words you use, but what the wonderful people choose to pronounce you meant by them. Heaven help us if these Stalinists are ever completely in charge of speech in this country.

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