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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. 18, 2013/ 8 Adar, 5773

Obama may be able to do little about gun violence

By Dan K. Thomasson




JewishWorldReview.com | On the same day that President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address -- in the Capitol, where some families victimized by gun violence were invited guests -- two more deadly incidents of firearms mayhem were playing out in California and in nearby Maryland.

On Tuesday, a former Los Angeles police officer who had gone berserk over his 2008 firing apparently met his end in a resort cabin after killing one deputy and wounding another, bringing his toll to four dead. In a suburb of Washington, D.C., a university student set on fire the house he shared with two fellow students. He then shot and killed one of his roommates and seriously wounded the other before killing himself.

The perpetrators had this in common: Both were at least temporarily unbalanced, especially the Maryland man, who, it turns out, may have shown some evidence of paranoia but not enough to have been caught by a background check when he legally purchased his weapons.

Therein rests the futility of the current gun situation. The elementary-school massacre in Newtown, Conn., and the movie-theater bloodbath in Aurora, Colo., have increased pressure for universal background checks on firearms purchasers. But weeding out who might suddenly explode into deadly violence is nearly impossible without a record or history of mental disturbance. And, with an estimated 300 million-plus guns in circulation, it's even more difficult to limit access to weapons. Almost anyone, record or not, can easily lay hands on a gun.

That doesn't mean we shouldn't adopt efforts to close loopholes in background checks of prospective gun buyers. It's imperative that everyone get vetted, including those who buy at gun shows.

But the president, in his address, realistically regarded any stronger action as improbable in a legislature where most of the members fear for their political lives if they oppose the National Rifle Association, an industry shill that pretends to represent the interests of firearms owners. Obama simply said that all measures, including a ban on assault weapons and expanded magazines, at least should be given a vote.

What a change from a president who wanted nothing to do with the issue in his first four years.

Those attending the speech included the parents of a bright, young Chicago girl who was gratuitously shot down by gang members in a park a few blocks from the president's home. She had taken part in Obama's inaugural parade. Michelle Obama attended her funeral, and her death has heightened demands for anti-gun and anti-gang action in the city.

Perhaps Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's task of dealing with rampant violence would be less onerous if, while serving as White House chief of staff during Obama's first term, he hadn't put politics above the need for action proposed by the Justice Department. Emanuel had blocked Attorney General Eric Holder's plan to take on the NRA early in Obama's first term.

Emanuel also stood in the way of a proposed regulation that would have required gun dealers along the nation's southwest border to report purchases of two or more assault weapons at a time. It was a move to impede the flow of AR-15s, AK-47s and other weapons to Mexico's drug cartels and it was supported strongly by the Mexican government.

With an agenda chock-full of controversial proposals, it remains to be seen how much effort the president will put into solving the firearms issue. Although he doesn't have to run again, members of his party do. Gun control is as bitterly divisive an issue as any the Congress will face before the midterm elections. If the NRA's numbers are accurate, it has gained more than 100,000 new members since the December shootings in Newtown, despite public horror over the murder of 20 children and six staff members. Gun sales, meanwhile, are at record numbers.

With so many guns available, more incidents of mass killing are unavoidable, a federal official predicted. A chilling thought, isn't it?

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12/17/12: When is a majority not a majority?

12/12/12: Government snooping's historical precedent

11/13/12: Petraeus learns a lesson the hard way

10/26/12: High court must settle affirmative action

10/16/12: Report confirms SATs flawed indicator

08/20/12: All the news fit to tweet?

07/27/12: Economic disillusionment marks young voters' views

07/20/12: Will Postal Service follow Pony Express route?

07/13/12: Paterno's statue should be covered up

07/10/12: 8.2 jobless rate endangers Obama's job

07/03/12: It's still the economy, stupid

06/19/12: Mitt Romney's chances look better

06/08/12: Pakistan not an ally worthy of the name

06/05/12: Americans have a right to be bloated

06/01/12: Quota system would dilute school's quality

05/27/12: Even now, Memorial Day means summer camp

05/18/12: Is there a public right to know too much?

05/09/12: American exceptionalism --- exceptional generosity

05/04/12: The Edwards trial is a sorry affair

05/02/12: Common sense needs to be taught . . . to school administrators

04/30/12: We must deal with college student debt rate

04/10/12: At least Ryan has a deficit-cutting plan

04/05/12: Celebrate one-year rent-a-teams?

03/12/12: A kinder, gentler day when fists settled disputes

03/05/12: Do conservatives want a victory or a statement?

02/27/12: Hillary vs. Jeb?

02/17/12: Why wait for the until GOP nominating convention?

02/17/12: Prez is not a god, just a cause of O.G. D.: Obama Governmental Dysfunction

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





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