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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

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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 June 9, 2009 / 17 Sivan 5769

First Lady Macbeth's the man, so in your face, Eminem

By John Kass

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The bizarre emasculation of rapper Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards — by a hairy pixie with fluffy wings played by an actor known to most of the world as Borat — has apparently turned out to be a publicity stunt.

As if I care.

Either way, I can't eat Raisin Bran ever again.

"Yes, the incident was staged," said Scott Aukerman, the show's head writer, on a blog post that was later taken down. "That's all anyone wants to talk about, so let's get it out of the way."

No, let's not.

What's amazing is that in two staged incidents on "reality TV", who would have thought that former Illinois First Lady Macbeth, Patti Blagojevich, sweating in a jungle, eating disgusting bugs for money, would come off looking better than Eminem?

When it comes to Patti versus Eminem, Patti's the man.

The video from the MTV Movie Awards has gone viral. Eminem's chin and the hairy-legged butt-nakedness of Sacha Baron Cohen, the guy who starred in "Borat," formed a fleshy isosceles triangle of horror. I saw it on TV news while eating Raisin Bran for breakfast, and I'll never be able to enjoy another bowl as long as I live.

Cohen descended on a wire from the sky as Bruno, his flamboyantly gay character, with fluffy white fairy wings, a hairy pixie fluttering over the crowd. The wire malfunctioned — part of the stunt — so he was forced to plop his naked behind on Eminem's upper chest.

TV called it "A Face-full of Tush." But the tush was the part the audience saw. They were the lucky ones. Eminem confronted the dark side, and he shook his head, groaning, whimpering something like "Get him off of me! Get him off!" in a high-pitched voice.

Then the rapper turned on his heels and huffed out of the arena, his sheepish entourage trailing behind him. Now, all that's left is for Eminem to head for the Costa Rican jungle and reflect on his shame.

Though I've never listened to a complete rap song in my life, everybody knows that for a rapper, street cred is everything, more important even than the rabid pit bulls. But how can Eminem have street cred when he agreed to allow his chin to be scraped by Borat's behind?

"All I can say, it's a good thing Borat didn't try it with 50 Cent," said my friend Big Paul. "If Borat came flying out of the sky with little white wings and touched his (you know) on 50 Cent's forehead, you know what would happen?"


"Borat be dead," Big Paul said.

It's not just rappers who must jealously guard their public persona.

"Imagine if he tried it with Joe Walsh?" a guy named Tony asked. "What if he tried it with Ted Nugent?" another guy said.

We imagined Borat stumbling, pincushioned by Ted's flaming arrows. Or Ted stringing Borat's dried tendons on his guitar, as a haunch of salted Borat turns nicely on a spit over hot coals, Ted whetting his Bowie knife, humming "Cat Scratch Fever."

If a fading star is going to be humiliated in a choreographed stunt, they should get something out of it, like Patti Blagojevich did on "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!"

She's playing Lord of the Flies with other attention freaks. Don't you feel sorry for them, including Lou Diamond Phillips?

Phillips must still be serially depressed. His wife left him for singer Melissa Etheridge, who is also tougher than Eminem. Etheridge decided that the former Mrs. Phillips would become impregnated by the seed of geezer hippie singer David Crosby, still barely alive, and Mrs. Phillips bore two children.

Now Lou stares into the fire in the jungle.

Meanwhile, Patti seems to have learned something from her father, Dick Mell, the powerful Chicago alderman. She allows others to comfort her, thus drawing them in like stupid flies who think she's weak.

Patti told the other jungle people that her husband, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was set up by corrupt Illinois Democrats who didn't like him helping children and seniors. If they're smart, the machine bosses will order their patronage armies to call the show and vote Patti off to shut her up.

"When you fight the special interests down in that entrenched state capital — you make these huge enemies," Patti said, and I thought of Rod smiling as his wife tainted his federal jury pool. Then came Patti's tearful prayer with the two villainous flies, Stupid Heidi and the Evil Spencer.

"The truth shall be revealed," Heidi prayed on the show, "and I pray that he (Rod) will triumph in your name and that they will be delivered from this evil and oppression."

Clearly, Patti won a victory, just by getting her message out. Later she cried, saying, "When you hear your own hopes and dreams out loud, it's kind of touching."


Eminem and Patti both engaged in touching moments. But there's only one you can watch while eating a cereal with two scoops of raisins in every box.

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