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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 Feb. 6, 2009 / 11 Shevat 5769

Fred Mertz for vice president

By Celia Rivenbark

Celia Rivenbark
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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For some nutty reason, I've been picturing the Obamas and the Bidens as the Ricardos and Mertzes lately. They're a fun foursome but it's not always a blissful relationship. One gets the distinct impression that if they went to Hollywood for vacation, the Bidens would, somehow, end up being the ones to land a pie in William Holden's face at The Brown Derby restaurant.


Joe and Jill Biden, both suffering from severe cases of foot-in-mouth, tend to have a lot of 'splainin' to do every time they step out, it seems to me.


Most recently, there was the Missus Biden sitting on Oprah's famous couch and cheerily telling her that Joe could've picked either veep or Secretary of State, it was completely up to him.


Rolling her eyes and clapping her pretty hand over her mouth, we could practically see the ghost of Lucy. Surely, a "Waaaaaaahhhhhh" wasn't far behind. Her husband, the king of gaffes, found himself in the odd position of saying, "Shhhhh" but it wasn't working.


The Bidens, particularly Joe, have a "did I just say that out loud?" mentality about them.


While Obama, the measured, cool and normally unflappable Ricky Ricardo of the bunch, tried to extend olive branches, cross over aisles and every other cliche you can think of to make nice-nice with the Republicans in the first days of his presidency, Joe Biden made a ham-handed jab at Justice Roberts' now famous flubbing of the oath of office.


"My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts'," Biden quipped, sarcasm dripping from each word like, well, something that drips a lot. In a rare show of emotion, Obama's jaw visibly clenched and I could picture him, like Ricky leading Lucy home, sitting Biden down and waving a finger in his face while assuring him there would be no talent night at the Babalu for him.


"Waaaaahhhhh."


I'm guessing that Obama has wondered more than a few times if Biden was the best pick. A jolly, tail-wagging foil for Obama's crisp competency, it's an odd mix, this Lucy and Ricky. It's not that big a stretch, hons. Some of the stuff that Biden comes up with makes it sound as if he's been hitting the Vitameatavegamin pretty hard.


At the Roberts' remark, Obama maintained a steely gaze while discreetly but firmly grabbing Biden's elbow. It's that same gesture that Ricky used to use when Lucy was about to make a pure-T fool of herself in front of Milton Berle. (Ask your parents.) It's the same gesture that every mom I know uses during a church service to get her squirmy kid to be quiet and sit up straight.


Biden won't have any trouble sitting up straight but being quiet is hard for him. Not as hard as packaging candy on an assembly line with a broken conveyor belt, mind you, but still pretty hard.

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Celia Rivenbark is an award-winning news reporter and freelance columnist for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Comment by clicking here.


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