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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

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

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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

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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. 2, 2006 / 11 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

I knew James Webb — What goes around comes around

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The ugliest race for the U.S. Senate got uglier last week when Sen. George Allen (R-Va) attacked his Democratic opponent, James Webb, for the sex acts committed by characters in Mr. Webb's novels.

The lead example Sen. Allen cited, from Mr. Webb's 2001 novel "Lost Soldiers," is a jarring description of homosexual incest and pedophilia. The widespread publicity given it has been unhelpful to Mr. Webb's candidacy.

"When a man who also happens to have children, in this case sons, is confronted with the scene Webb composed, the reaction is, well, strong," wrote a naval officer in Virginia in an email to Kathryn Lopez of National Review Online. "The common response I heard this morning is 'sick son of a b***h.'"

But these are works of fiction, and there is no evidence Mr. Webb practices or advocates the bizarre sexual practices he writes about.

Making a campaign issue of these passages is a low blow. But there is a certain cosmic justice in it, since Mr. Webb's campaign against Sen. Allen has consisted mostly of lower blows.

It didn't have to be this way. This could have been the most edifying senate race in the nation.

I was not among those conservatives who'd hopped on the Allen presidential bandwagon last year because, frankly, I don't think George is all that bright. But he was a very good governor in Virginia, has a solid record in the senate, and seems like a nice guy.

I knew Jim Webb in the 1980s, and admired him. He's a genuine war hero, and a great writer with a powerful mind.

Raised a southern Democrat, Mr. Webb became a Republican because of his contempt for Jimmy Carter, and returned to the Democrats because of his opposition to the war in Iraq.

I continue to believe overthrowing Saddam was the right thing to do, but what Mr. Webb wrote in Washington Post in September of 2002 looks prescient now: "The issue before us is not simply whether the United States should end the regime of Saddam Hussein, but whether we as a nation are prepared to physically occupy territory in the Middle East for the next 30 to 50 years," he wrote then.

If anyone could make both a pragmatic and principled case against the war in Iraq, it would be Mr. Webb. I was looking forward to a civil, issue-oriented campaign between him and the man he'd endorsed for the U.S. Senate in 2000.

"Courage" and "intregrity" were the words that best described the Jim Webb I knew. But going into politics doesn't improve one's character. Mr. Webb responded to the attack on his writing by demanding details of Sen. Allen's divorce settlement.

From the beginning, the thrust of the Webb campaign has been specious personal attacks on his opponent.

Sen. Allen asked for grief in August when he referred to a Webb campaign aide as "macaca," which sounds something like "macaque," which in France is a racial slur. It was a stupid thing to say, and Sen. Allen apologized for it profusely and often.

But the controversy was hardly worth the 100 stories the Washington Post devoted to it.

Back in May, Ryan Lizza of the New Republic implied Sen. Allen was a racist because years ago, he used to display a Confederate battle flag in his law office.

For white southerners, the Confederate battle flag is associated with courage and regional pride, not racial oppression. The Jim Webb I knew would have rushed to Sen. Allen's defense. In his most recent book, "Born Fighting," he decried the "Nazification of the Confederacy." But the Webb campaign joined in the mudslinging.

The macaca flap was followed by the assertion by two Democratic operatives that as a college student, Sen. Allen had uttered the N word. Though no proof was offered for this assertion, which was denied by other of Allen's classmates — it made the front page of the Washington Post.

A former close associate said Mr. Webb had used the N word as a college student, had driven through Watts looking for blacks to frighten. Somehow this revelation didn't make the front page of the Washington Post.

Sen. Allen has a long record in public life, one that has earned him the endorsement of the largest black newspaper in Virginia. He should be judged on that, not on manufactured charges of racism. Mr. Webb knows this, but his aides have abetted the smear campaign, despite Mr. Webb's own vulnerability to charges of racism and sexism.

So it is perhaps fitting, if unfair, for Mr. Webb to suffer for the sex lives of his characters. What goes around comes around.

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