In this issue
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 15, 2012/ 28 Shevat, 5772

Why wait for the until GOP nominating convention?

By Dan K. Thomasson

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Maybe the Republicans will have a real whiz-bang convention when they get to Tampa in August. The odds are still against it, despite the neck-and-neck race between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.

The polls show them in a dead heat nationally, but the betting still is on Romney to win, even if it's by a nose. The usual reason applies here: money. Romney has more of it than Santorum, and that means buying the advertising and organization necessary. But this is a battle for the nomination, and the Republican conservatives who have fed Santorum's rise quite obviously don't count Romney as their best choice.

If Romney should falter in his home state of Michigan, in the face of growing support there for Santorum, the entire dynamic might change. Then the question would become whether the former Pennsylvania senator with the retro ideas on social issues could whip President Barack Obama, given that Americans are mainstream voters who rarely shift far left or right. Clearly, Santorum appeals to much of the GOP's sizable right-oriented base. Are Republicans willing to put ideology above electability? Don't bet against it.

So far, electability has played a major role in Romney's success, as up and down as that has been. He is considered moderate enough to at least hold his own with independents and those Republicans who generally vote the middle. Should Romney be forced more to the right just to win the nomination, his chances of beating Obama also diminish. This is especially true because economic indications -- including employment figures -- suddenly have given the president a sunnier re-election forecast.

There are so many variables it is hard to keep up with them. The one constant is that Romney, despite his front-running status for most of the campaign, clearly doesn't excite Republicans. A whole batch of the GOP faithful find him not only dull and perhaps a bit too privileged, but also the perfect model of the very rich white guy who has dominated American politics from the nation's very beginning.

Then there is Romney's religion. While few speak openly about the history of Mormonism, most political experts believe that, unfortunately, there's an underlying element of religious intolerance for a church founded on ideals such as plural marriage, long outlawed but still practiced in some quarters.

How that manifests itself in the long run is anyone's guess. But religious bias seems to have become a more prominent element of today's politics than in 1960, when Jack Kennedy became the first Catholic elected to the White House. Some consider the Mormon faith outside the Christian mainstream.

Only two months into the primary season, the race seems in danger of generating a political overload. Add that to the fact that much of the country's necessary business has been set aside, and voters have a right to fear where we are headed. Congress is paralyzed and the president is in full campaign mode. Only Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the candidate Democrats rejected four years ago, seems to have her priorities straight, leaving a whole lot of voters wondering what if. ...

The last time there was even a hint of the old-fashioned conventions that captivated us for weeks was in 1968, when Richard Nixon held off a challenge from Ronald Reagan in Miami and the Democrats darn near tore up their party over Vietnam in Chicago. The Republicans have five months to shake down to a nominee. Chances are they will manage to accomplish this, despite turning us all off along the way. Is there anything we don't already know about these guys?

In the meantime, you may want to plug your ears, close your eyes and think about other things.

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02/13/12: Minor tardiness doesn't warrant court action

02/08/12: College rankings aren't always reliable

02/01/12: Millionaire Fans Watching Millionaire Players

01/30/12: Kiriakou case may plug leaks, stifle democracy

01/09/12: Feds need to find if Brit hackers targeted 9/11 families

12/23/11: NIH flu-strain decision endangers us all

12/09/11: U.S. Postal Service may be beyond saving

11/30/11: Do-gooder gets deserved earful

11/24/11: Lawmakers should pledge to think on their own

11/22/11: Iowa: Vital to GOP now, irrelevant later

11/16/11: Pentagon's ‘senior mentor’ service takes hit

11/14/11: With Congress, expect more intransigence

11/08/11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31/11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10/11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04/11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax