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December 2, 2014

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

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 Jan 10, 2012/ 15 Teves, 5772

Of pigs, pokes and pious baloney

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | MANCHESTER, N.H. - There is a popular show on cable called “Storage Wars.” In it, people are allowed to peer into abandoned storage lockers and then bid on the contents.

They are not allowed to enter the locker and can gaze at the jumble of stuff inside for only a brief period of time before the bidding begins.

The presidential debates have become “Storage Wars.”

Candidates are limited to 60-second answers and 30-second rebuttals in the (largely vain) attempt to make the debates swift-moving television.

The moderators, almost all of whom have been very good, know the contents of the lockers even though most of the public does not. Aside from being astute journalists, the moderators study huge briefing books to better bone up on what the candidates have said and done.

Still, the moderators have an obligation to make the debates entertaining, and so they urge the candidates to scrap and claw at each other.

Sometimes the candidates go along, and sometimes they don’t. The media usually praise the more contentious debates and dismiss the others as lackluster.

But the reporters who cover these debates have seen more than a dozen of them to date. To the press, getting actual news from these debates is like breathing through a damp blanket. You have to struggle for the little oxygen you get. It’s the intellectual equivalent of waterboarding.

The candidates, who also prep for each debate and study large briefing books, commit news at their own risk. They mostly stick to the same talking points as their speeches - and why shouldn’t they? The candidates spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their speechwriters.

Yet the candidates can sense the ennui of the press and occasionally try to beak into the tops of the debate stories by being provocative.

“I make a very proud statement and a fact that we have a president that’s a socialist,” Rick Perry said in Sunday morning’s NBC/Facebook debate held in Concord, N.H.

“I don’t think that our Founding Fathers wanted America to be a socialist country.” (Most press accounts “cleaned up” the quoted by dropping the first 10 words, in order to make Perry seem more articulate, which is no easy task.)

His statement made headlines in the Huffington Post and the Los Angles Times.

Can Rick Perry define socialism? Would he recognize socialism if he found it floating in his bowl of chili? We do not know. His statement was enough. It was an insult, and therefore it was news.

I don’t condemn this. If we didn’t have insults to write about, what would we write about?

In the opening minutes of Sunday’s debate, Newt Gingrich began by saying, “Can we drop the pious baloney?”

My heart sank. If the candidates were going to drop the pious baloney, what on earth were they going to talk about for the next 89 minutes?

I shouldn’t have worried. Having been meek as little mice at a Saturday night debate only 10 hours earlier - for which they were criticized for wimping out - they decided to be gutsier in the final debate before Tuesday’s primary here.

Rick Santorum, who is in a close race with Ron Paul to see who loses more badly to Mitt Romney, said, “The problem with Congressman Paul is all the things that Republicans like about him he can’t accomplish, and all the things they’re worried about, he’ll do Day One.”

That is a very nifty line and probably cost Santorum a fortune.

And then there were the usual head-scratchers.

“If you look at the EPA,” Newt Gingrich said, “it is increasingly radical and increasingly imperial. Dust in Iowa is an absurdity.”

Which may be news to the Swiffer Sweeper people.

What Gingrich is talking about is what the New York Times calls “something of an urban legend” and that the EPA calls the “myth” that it attempts to control the dust from farms.

Newt does not care. He lives on the knife edge between political reality and political fantasy. He uses coded words that are often called “dog whistles” in that they have a hidden meaning only certain people can hear.

Gingrich called Romney “a relatively timid Massachusetts moderate who even the Wall Street Journal said had an economic plan so timid it resembled Obama.”

Timid. Weak. Wimpy. Worse.

Not the manly two-fisted brawler that macho Newt represents. In his own mind, at least.

“Leadership is not about reviling different groups,” Jon Huntsman said.

He is right. To the Republican candidates, it is about reviling the same group - the other Republican candidates - in debate after debate.

And Americans are watching by the millions. They are peering inside the storage locker, trying to catch a glimpse, form an opinion, and hoping they are not buying a pig in a poke.

Oink.

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