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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 1, 2011 / 4 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

What Herman Cain recalls

By Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Herman Cain searched his memory for details about what might have caused a woman in the 1990s to accuse him of sexual harassment.

No, he couldn’t remember her, not much at all. Then again, there was one time, the Republican presidential candidate told me, when he stood next to the woman and noted that she was about the same height as his wife. He showed me how close he was standing to her by asking a female staffer to stand next to him. It was close. Not touching, but close.

This demonstration took place Monday in an office in the National Press Club, following a luncheon where Cain was the featured speaker. Having wrapped up a Q-and-A with reporters with a song to express his faith, Cain turned to the matter that has been dominating the news cycle. “Let’s get to it,” he said.

The allegations, which were brought against Cain when he was head of the National Restaurant Association, were determined at the time to be without merit, he said. Even so, the woman received a settlement from the restaurant association, which Cain said he recognizes raises skepticism about events. He also noted that his success in the polls has made him a target. And that resurrection of this long-ago history, he said, is a political hit: “Only when I came inside the Beltway did this crap come up.”

Cain has repeatedly denied ever sexually harassing anyone. He also said he doesn’t remember another woman who Politico reports also filed a complaint and also got a settlement. When a reporter showed him the other woman’s name, he remembered her, but he said he has no recollection of a complaint or a settlement. On this he doesn’t budge and is convincing in his assertions.

Regarding the charge he does recall — “a false allegation,” Cain quickly corrects — the candidate is adamant that nothing happened. At the time, when he was first informed of the claim by the association’s attorney, he couldn’t even place the woman. Her name didn’t even ring a bell.

But when pressed, small details began to emerge. He remembered that his office door was open and that his secretary was seated just beyond the threshold. He also remembered offering the woman a ride to a management meeting but said she wasn’t the only one he invited. He said he doesn’t remember whether she accepted the ride.

“I don’t know what else I can say because there isn’t anything else,” he said.

As political history makes clear, where there is smoke, there is usually at least a match. In this case, as in many instances of alleged sexual harassment, it also can be a matter of perception. Nothing is more subjective than sexual harassment.

What Cain remembers doing — standing close to a woman, commenting on her physical stature and comparing her to his wife — probably crosses the line for some people. Wives and their husbands are intimate together and co-workers generally don’t want to be considered in terms of a spouse. Physical proximity is also fraught with potential tension. Some women wouldn’t blink at such a comment; others could feel it was the wrong remark in the wrong place.

I asked Cain how he defines sexual harassment and he listed offenses that would resonate with most Americans: forcing a female to do something against her will; inappropriate touching; making inappropriate comments in the presence of a female.

To Cain’s generation (age 65), a casual remark about someone’s appearance is often viewed as a gesture of friendliness. To someone younger, who has been versed in the catechism of sexual harassment, it could be viewed as hostile or at least inappropriate.

When you’re running for president of the United States, you’d better know the difference. Today, Cain surely does. But over a decades-long career as an executive, Cain said he never gave his behavior a second thought. He was just being Herman — “upbeat and jovial.”

As to the details of the settlements, he pleads absolute ignorance. Even his campaign attorney wasn’t able to get details from the restaurant association. It’s a personnel matter, they said.

Cain is hardly the first political candidate to suffer this kind of scrutiny. But a faulty memory is a weak defense when the national media is chasing your history. As soon as humanly possible, Cain needs to find out what was in the complaints and settlements and get the facts on the table. If he doesn’t, someone else will.

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