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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 March 21, 2011/ 15 Adar II, 5771

Barry, Joe, Helen and Wisconsin Teachers

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sometimes the hardest thing to do is pick a subject for a column. Last week there were so many outrageous examples of progressive dementia, it is hard to focus on only one. So I won't. But I will limit the commentary to four entities: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Helen Thomas and the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC). Think of it as competition for the most Ideologically Bankrupt Award. Trust me, the competition is stiff.

First, Mr. Obama. The man who expressed the idea that American exceptionalism is no more exceptional than that of any other nation is being true to that "ideal" in so many ways it is almost impossible to count them. A genuine leader of the free world, might have organized a massive airlift, like the historical Berlin Airlift organized by Harry Truman, to help Japan. He might have attempted to solve the "Qadaffi problem" as quickly as it materialized, just as Ronald Reagan did when he attempted to take out the madman himself with a well-aimed cruise missile. He might have taken the lead in addressing our massive budget deficit, food prices which have jumped the most since 1974, or housing starts which have seen their biggest drop in 27 years.

Alas, it was not to be. A trip to Japan to demonstrate our commitment to their recovery? Rio-by-the-Sea-o instead. Muammar Qadaffi? Thirty-one days after the carnage began, he's onboard with--as opposed to leading--a coalition imposing a no-fly zone in Libya, even as he remains in Brazil despite the beginning of hostilities. One can argue over the merits of whether or not America should engaged in a third military action in the Middle East. In fact Mr. Obama himself has "split the difference." While America will be engaged in preventing humanitarian disaster in Libya, "we will not--I repeat--we will not deploy any U.S. troops on the ground," said the president.

And even preventing a humanitarian disaster is selective. Mr. Obama's rationale for removing Muammar Qadaffi from power apparently doesn't apply to either Bahrain or Yemen, where pro-authoritarian regime forces are also slaughtering innocent civilians. Thus, there is no arguing that the president's leadership qualities are virtually non-existent--unless one considers picking basketball teams for the NCCA's March Madness tournament leadership.

There's at least one person who doesn't. When someone as addicted to power as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces she's all through after one term, that is a not-so-subtle admission that she and a lot of other Americans now know who will take the proverbial "three a.m. call" at the White House: the presidential answering machine.



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Second, Joe, "the Gaffe the Keeps on Giving" Biden. Apparently Joe didn't get the "tone the over-the-top rhetoric down" memo issued by both the president and his holier-than-thou media hype-mongers, who have somehow managed to miss the overwhelming stench of hate speech, extortion letters and death threats emanating from the public service unionistas and their enablers in Wisconsin.

At a Friday fund-raiser in Philly, Joltin' Joe compared Republicans, who he claimed want to cut the federal budget, even as they give tax cuts to the "wealthy," to people who excuse rapists by blaming their victims. "When a woman got raped, blame her because she was wearing a skirt too short, she looked the wrong way or she wasn't home in time to make the dinner," Biden said, explaining that's what happened before the Violence Against Women Act that he championed was passed into law. "We've gotten by that," he added.

"But it's amazing how these Republicans, the right wing of this party--whose philosophy threw us into this G0d-awful hole we're in, gave us the tremendous deficit we've inherited--that they're now using, now attempting to use, the very economic condition they have created to blame the victim--whether it's organized labor or ordinary middle-class working men and women. It's bizarre. It's bizarre."

Apparently Joe's forgotten that Democrats had control of both Houses of Congress from 2006-2010, and that they still control the Senate and the White House. Perhaps he doesn't know that spending by the federal government has doubled in the last ten years. Perhaps he even thinks "the rich" got another tax break, when all that happened was that taxes weren't raised. Perhaps he's obtuse enough not to understand that organized labor, specifically unionized public sector workers, opposed by none other than progressive icon FDR himself, is perfectly content, not to align themselves with middle-class working men and women, but to batter them into submission with their demands.

As for Mr. Biden's ultimate conclusion, there is no one in Washington D.C. with a greater knack for saying something truly "bizarre" than the man who is Barack Obama's greatest insurance policy.

On to the former "Dean of the White House Press Corps." Helen Thomas, in apparent effort to burnish her anti-Semitic credentials, was in full rant mode in a Playboy interview for their April edition. One quote will suffice: "[The Jews are] using their power, and they have power in every direction," she told Playboy. "Power over the White House, power over Congress … Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies, which are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There's total control … It isn't the 2 percent. It's real power when you own the White House, when you own these other places in terms of your political persuasion. Of course they have power."

Perhaps Ms. Thomas did a little brushing up on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the historically debunked document purporting pretty much the same agenda: the Jews control everything, and they're using that control to take over the world. Yet apparently even that control has its limitations: no one was able to stop the slaughter of five members of a Jewish family, including a four-month old child, whose throats were slit by Helen's beloved Palestinians. The al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, who Ms. Thomas undoubtedly considers "freedom-fighters"--as opposed to the bloodthirsty, baby-killing terrorists they truly are--took "credit" for the slaying, even as Palestinians passed out candy to "celebrate" the event.

This harridan sat in the front row of White House press briefings for over forty years, and there's a question that needs to be asked: how many other journalists knew how she felt, and when did they know it? Such a revelation would require honesty and integrity. Thus, I don't expect an answer, and neither should you.

Finally, there's the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC). They sent an email to 1,400 members of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry "asking" members of that association to support the union in its battle to save their collective bargaining rights which were just overturned by the state legislature. (A Wisconsin judge, hewing to the progressive game plan of thwarting democracy when the process yields a solution with which they disagree, has issued a temporary restraining order).

How should businesses show their support? The union "suggested" that they put a poster in their place of business so that union members who will have "substantially less discretionary money to spend" can support those businesses which support them.

Shannon Meyer, president and CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber said she received over 100 phone calls and hundreds of emails from businessmen who apparently recognize a shakedown when they see one. "There is veiled threat within the email that's stating, put this poster in your window and we'll make sure your business isn't boycotted, but if you don't it's very clear… those businesses are going to be boycotted in the future," Meyer said.

Perhaps union thugs should take it one step further. Perhaps should demand that anyone opposed to their "reasonable" demands be forced to wear, say, a yellow armband, so that they can be more easily identified.

I'm betting Helen Thomas would love the idea.

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Previously:


03/14/11:
The Inevitable Viability of Conservatism
03/14/11: Progressives in Their Own Words
03/09/11: $61 Billion in Cuts --- Vs. $223 Billion in One Month of Spending
03/07/11: Bean Bag B.S.
03/02/11: A ‘Green’ Catastrophe in the Making
02/28/11: Ain't Noting Like the Real Thing
02/23/11: Progressive Rot vs. the ROTC
02/21/11: Wisconsin: Progressivism in All its Ugly Glory
02/18/11: News reporters --- or Narrative Shapers?
02/16/11: The Presidents Budget Proposal: An Obamination of Progressive Profligacy
02/14/11: Only Another 9/11 Will Alter the Illegal Immigration Status Quo
02/10/11: Is O'Reilly losing his touch or is he just irresponsible?
02/07/11: Tossing Britain Under the Bus
02/03/11: Starving the World In Order to Save It
01/31/11: Walking the Middle East Tightrope
01/27/11: Small-scale Terrorist Attacks: Big Strategy?
01/24/11: Jeffery Immelt: A Crony Capitalist In Charge of Job Creation
01/20/11: An ‘Intimate’ Prime-time Interview
01/17/11: Progressives: Always Angry, Newly Desperate
01/12/11: Twain vs. the Totalitarians
01/10/11: Politically Correct Passports?
01/05/11: Showdown at the Fiscal Corral
01/03/11: Reading the Constitution Aloud is a Good Start
12/30/10: Getting Our Moral Mojo Back
12/27/10: PC Airport Safety is an Oxymoron
12/23/10: Getting America Back On Track
12/20/10: A Collectivist Coalition of Convenience
12/15/10: The President Who Wasn't There
12/13/10: Tech-No!
12/08/10: A Lethal Military, Inclusive or Not
12/06/10: The ‘Unexpected’ Consequences of Progressivism
12/01/10: Leakers and Losers
11/29/10: ‘We Won’, Part One
11/22/10: Keep Your Hands Off My Constitution
11/17/10: Grope and Change
11/14/10: Taking Back Our Country, One School At a Time
11/11/10: Checks (and Balances), Please
11/08/10: Curtain Up, Progressives Down
11/04/10: Last Chance, Republicans
11/01/10: By Their Own Words Shall Ye Know Them
10/28/10: Progressive Determination to Undermine American Elections
10/25/10: Shock, but more importantly, action: De-Unionize Public Schools now
10/20/10: Multiculturalism? Check, Please
10/18/10: Healthcare: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vs. The Constitution
10/11/10: Vote for Restoring the Rule of Law in November
10/11/10: Dems: Running From Clarity
10/07/10: Hypersensitive Hogwash
10/04/10: ‘Comprehensive’ Con Artists
09/29/10: Why Dems Are Going Down in November
09/27/10: The Unholiest of Unholy Alliances
09/22/10: Two Words for Republicans to Remember: ‘I Won’
09/20/10: Purging ‘Me First’ Politicians
09/17/10: No More ‘Lesser of Two Evils’
09/15/10: ‘Recovery’ Arms Race
09/13/10: ‘Bigots’ in the Majority --- Again?
09/09/10: Giving Voters Something to Vote For
09/07/10: Irresponsible Dems, Incomprehensible Bills
09/02/10: War Weary Americans vs. Implacable Islamists
08/31/10: A ‘Dream’ Debased
08/25/10: American ‘Bigots’ Versus Media Propagandists
08/23/10: Recovery Bummer
08/19/10: An Unholy Alliance of Radicals
08/16/10: You've Lost America, Mr. President
08/13/10: The Twin Towers of Progressive Disconnect
08/11/10: A Far Better ‘National Discussion’
08/09/10: It's ‘Only’ One Dead Nun
08/06/10: Incremental Tyranny
08/04/10: Ground Zero Mosque: Context Counts
08/02/10: The Arizona Ruling: a Gift for November
07/29/10: The United Cities of America
07/26/10: JournoList: ‘Coordinated’ Ideological Bankruptcy
07/20/10: Go For Broke Or Get Out of the Way
07/14/10: You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe…
07/12/10: $33-an-hour--For Sleeping On the Job
07/08/10: Extortionist Government
07/06/10: ‘Commerce Clause’ Totalitarians
07/01/10: Another Public School Travesty in MA
06/30/10: Calling YOUR Bluff, Mr. President
06/28/10: A Trifecta of Progressive Corruption
06/23/10: Plug the Darn Hole --- In Our Border
06/21/10: Our Empty-Suit-in-Chief
06/16/10: Betraying Our Children
06/14/10: Who Gets the Benefit of the Doubt?
06/07/10: Politically Correct Warfare
06/01/10: Bill Maher's ‘Black’ President
05/25/10: A Mosque At Ground Zero
05/23/10: Libs Stand Tall --- For Mexico
05/19/10: The 'Unintended Consequences' of Liberalism
05/17/10: 'Los' Suns: Stuck on Stupido
05/12/10: Union Audacity: Yes We Will!
05/10/10: Greeks, Leaks and and Double-Speak
05/05/10: Twelve Million Illegals --- or Thirty?
05/02/10: Republicans: Playing Not to Lose Doesn't Cut It
04/28/10: Arizona: Progressivism's Waterloo?
04/26/10: Son of Amnesty
04/22/10: Mortgages and Moral Meltdowns
04/20/10: Bashing Christians — Or Gays?
04/15/10: Personal Integri-‘tea’
04/12/10: Fools, Tools and Ghouls
04/08/10: (Tea) Party On
04/05/10: The Triumph of Mediocrity
04/02/10: Two For the Road
03/29/10: The Innate Immorality of Liberalism
03/24/10: The Art of War
03/22/10: I Want My Country Back
03/18/10: A Perpetual Process
03/17/10: American Exhibitionists
03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
03/10/10: Little Things Mean A Lot
02/03/10: Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

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