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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 26, 2014 / 26 Adar I, 5774

GOP: Viva Las Vegas!

By Roger Simon

JewishWorldReview.com | Consider the following cities: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

In which city would you like to spend four days in June or July engaged in mindless behavior and no meaningful activity, often leading to drunken stupor?

In other words, which city should the Republican National Committee choose for its presidential nominating convention in 2016?

All the cities above have expressed some interest in hosting the convention, and many have already met with Republican officials to make presentations. Las Vegas is said by some to be the front-runner.

Why Las Vegas? First, there is the process of elimination: Dallas, Denver and Kansas City already have hosted conventions.

Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus are located in the crucial swing state of Ohio, but in the public mind, they have one drawback: They are Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.

Phoenix has an average monthly high temperature in June of — I kid you not — 104 degrees. Plus, if the convention were to be held in Phoenix, John McCain might ramble out onstage and tell everybody to get off his lawn.

Salt Lake City would be an intriguing choice. It is the headquarters of the Mormon church; it hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics; it is known as "The Crossroads of the West"; and it is the industrial banking center of America.

But Salt Lake City's motto is: "We're just like Las Vegas — but without any of the fun."

Which leaves Vegas. Many cities would have trouble accommodating the 50,000 or so poor souls who are forced to go to political conventions. Vegas does not even blink at that number. (Las Vegas is Spanish, by the way, for "Hiya, suckers!") The Consumer Electronics Show, held in Vegas each January, draws 150,000 people, which Vegas handles easily, and it is already building more hotels.

True, Vegas' average high temperature in June is 100 degrees. But the heatstroke you get is a dry heatstroke. Also, Vegas does not have any major league sports teams, which is a big plus because the schedules of major league teams often can interfere with the convention schedule.

Vegas has legal gambling, including more than 195,000 slot machines, or about four slots for each convention attendee. The slots draw people with an almost mystical fascination: "Hey, look, a machine that I can put $50 into, which, over an hour, will return $25 to me! Who can pass that up?"

Las Vegas is no longer the Sin City it was, because all of America now sins in similar ways. So-called riverboat casinos — which are better-designed for sinking like rocks than floating down rivers — Indian casinos, state and national lotteries, bingo games in churches, and neighborhood bookies who will give you (long) odds that the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series this year abound in this country.

So why shouldn't the Republican Party want to go there? I was in Vegas about two weeks ago, and all I saw in the casinos were hundreds of people sitting at slot machines, wearing T-shirts and shorts — slabs of flesh peeking out between the two — while sipping free drinks and smoking.

Yes, you can smoke in Vegas casinos. True, you can't smoke in the casino restaurants, but they will be glad to prepare carryout meals that you can take back to the slot machines with you, so you can eat, smoke, drink and lose money all at the same time.

And when you think about it, is this not the freedom that Republicans promise us?

Do what you want! Nobody in Vegas is going to tell you not to smoke. Nobody is going to suggest you eat fruits and vegetables instead of pizzas and Chicken McNuggets. And if you want to lose the rent money at the craps tables, hey, that's your business.

What I saw in Vegas were a bunch of older white people seeking enormous wealth. What could be more Republican than that?

Besides, the Republican Party's spiritual icon — Ronald Reagan — played Vegas on Feb. 15, 1954, at the Last Frontier casino. He did a stand-up comedy act featuring a team of chimpanzees. (Reagan's 1951 movie, "Bedtime for Bonzo," had featured a chimp and was a big success.) Reagan would go on to make a dozen more movies after "Bonzo" and also do television. But he longed for something more dignified — such as politics.

And Vegas has something else going for it. Many cities have made fancy presentations to members of the Republican National Committee, but Vegas has an ace in the hole.

"I'm looking for good hotels, access to the convention site, a good convention site and sufficient financial resources," John Ryder, the general counsel of the RNC, told The Washington Post. "Anybody can put together a booth, a hospitality suite and a gift bag. Show me the money."

When I read that, I knew Vegas had this thing wrapped up. It is the American city that is all about the money. It's going to be Las Vegas in 2016, baby.

I'll give you 2-1 odds on it.

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