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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 18, 2014 at 7:30pm

A roundup of links for your Friday evening reading.

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For Passover and Easter: celebrate freedom

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:17pm
Passover

It’s the holiday season, one of those rare years when Passover and Easter come close together, as they did during the original Easter. So I get a twofer when I wish my readers “Happy Holidays!”

In recent years whenever I’ve attended a Seder I’ve been impressed by the fact that Passover is a religious holiday dedicated to an idea that’s not really primarily religious: freedom. Yes, it’s about a particular historical (or perhaps legendary) event: the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But the Seder ceremony makes clear that, important though that specific event may be, freedom itself is also being celebrated.

For those who’ve never been to a Seder ceremony, I suggest attending one. A Seder involves some dramatic acting out complete with symbols and lots of audience participation. Part of its power is that events aren’t placed totally in the past tense and regarded as ancient and distant occurrences; rather, the participants are specifically instructed to speak as though it is they themselves who were slaves in Egypt, and they themselves who were given the gift of freedom, saying:

“This year we are slaves; next year we will be free people…”

Passover acknowledges that freedom (and liberty, not exactly the same thing but related) is an exceedingly important human desire and need. That same idea is present in the Declaration of Independence, which also cites the Creator:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

It is ironic, of course, that when that Declaration was written, slavery was allowed in the United States. That was rectified, but only after great struggle, which goes to show how wide the gap often is between rhetoric and reality, and how difficult freedom is to achieve. And it comes as no surprise, either, that the Passover story appealed to slaves in America when they heard about it; witness the lyrics of “Let My People Go.”

Yes, the path to freedom is far from easy, and there are always those who would like to take it away. Sometimes an election merely means “one person, one vote, one time,” if human and civil rights are not protected by a constitution that guarantees them, and by a populace dedicated to defending them at almost all costs. Revolutions, or wars such as that in Iraq,...

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Posted by  ▪  April 18, 2014
Does not fit the narrative.
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The U.N.: What is it Good For?

Posted by  ▪  April 18, 2014
Apologies.
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Will Hillary face “prop” charge, like Palin did?

Posted by  ▪  April 18, 2014
Remember when liberals accused Sarah Palin of using her own child, Trig, as a campaign prop?
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Dem Rep: Obamacare will bury us

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Obama is spiking the football over sign-up numbers, but Democrats on the ground see things differently when not spinning.
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Black Conservatives Fund PAC debuts in run-up to 2014 midterm elections

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“The lock that liberals have held on the black vote is slowly but surely breaking”
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Bumper Sticker - Ithaca - Experts Agree Gun Control

The science is settled

Posted by  ▪  April 18, 2014
Works like a charm, every time.
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Cornell Alternative Student Assembly 4-17-2014

Update: Cornell anti-Israel divestment resolution still tabled after 2 hour protest

Posted by  ▪  April 17, 2014
Anti-Israel students got to vent, but not much else happened.
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Jews told to register in eastern Ukraine? Facts still murky

Posted by  ▪  April 17, 2014
Earlier Thursday, reports surfaced that leaflets were distributed earlier in the week in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk demanding Jews register with a government office. We waited to report the information here at Legal Insurrection because of conflicting reports
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http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/maps/new_york_map.html

Something soaring in NY State: Borrowing to cover local pension costs

Posted by  ▪  April 17, 2014
New York State municipalities are suffocating under the weight of local pensions. The solution? Defer and delay, rather than deal with the problem now. From The Ithaca Journal, Borrowing for pension costs soar in N.Y.: Local governments and the state
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Would Stanley Cohen really rather spend 18 mos in prison than dine with a Zionist?

Posted by  ▪  April 17, 2014
Maybe the sentencing judge should give Cohen the choice
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http://www.bloomberg.com/video/paul-krugman-inequality-actually-bad-for-growth-18zRZYUkRm~pntLNn3POHQ.html

The rich (like Paul Krugman) get richer (like Paul Krugman) in Paul Krugman’s America

Posted by  ▪  April 17, 2014
We all paid for the roads Paul Krugman will drive on to his big pay day.
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The wheels of conformity turn slowly, but finely do they grind

Posted by  ▪  April 17, 2014
Mark Steyn: "celebrate diversity by enforcing conformity"
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