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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 April 9, 2012/ 17 Nissan 5772

In Obama's constitutional fantasyland, white is black, night is day, winter is summer

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If the Supreme Court decides his health care law is unconstitutional, it "would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress," President Barack Obama said in a press conference April 2.

For a former professor of constitutional law, this was a remarkably stupid thing to say. There is no Supreme Court decision more famous than Marbury v. Madison (1803), in which Chief Justice John Marshall asserted the right of judicial review. What's unprecedented is for a president to attack the Supreme Court before it has made its decision, noted Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Obama has a bizarre view of what constitutes a "strong majority," Politifact noted. Democrats controlled both houses of Congress by big margins then, but Obamacare passed the House by only seven votes, and it took a dubious parliamentary maneuver to get it through the Senate.

When the president said declaring Obamacare unconstitutional would be "judicial activism," he drew scorn and laughter from across the political spectrum. Liberals -- including Mr. Obama -- are fans of judicial activism. Hypocrisy this blatant usually backfires.

Harvard Law Prof. Laurence Tribe would rather hack off a testicle than criticize his former pupil. But even he said the president "obviously misspoke," and should have kept his mouth shut.

Few even among the president's harshest critics think he is as ignorant as he sounded. Mr. Obama was trying to rile up "the ignorant population of America who he wants to believe that the court is gonna do something it's never done before," said radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

The Supreme Court is likely to throw out his health care law, the comments justices made during oral arguments indicated. Mr. Obama described the justices as "an unelected group of people." Was he trying to intimidate them? If that was the plan, it isn't working.

Three irate judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi) ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to tell them in writing whether he thinks courts have the power of judicial review.

In response to intense criticism, the president walked back his remarks. But as is his custom, he tried to do so without admitting error. The results were hilarious.

"The power of the courts to review the constitutionality of legislation is beyond dispute," the attorney general wrote in his response to the Fifth Circuit panel. But then Eric Holder said: "The president's remarks were fully consistent with the principles described herein." And white is black, night is day, winter is summer.

Mr. Obama was misunderstood because, as a former law professor, he speaks in "shorthand," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

"You're standing up there, twisting yourself in knots because he made a mistake and you can't admit it," said Bill Plante of CBS News.

"We have not seen a court overturn a law that was passed by Congress on an economic issue, like health care, that I think most people would clearly consider commerce" since Lochner v. New York (1905), Mr. Obama said.

He displayed "astounding" ignorance of constitutional law, said James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal. In Lochner, the Supreme Court threw out a state labor regulation on the grounds it violated the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. It had nothing to do with Congress or interstate commerce.

Mr. Obama doesn't seem nearly as smart as his friends in journalism told us he was. Nor do we see in his petulance toward the Supreme Court the "superior temperament" about which so many journalists gushed. One of the gushers, columnist Peggy Noonan, thinks now Mr. Obama "increasingly comes across as devious and dishonest."

We do see a guy with a big ego, a bad temper, and a thin resume who's afraid we'll find out he's in over his head. Mr. Henninger likened the president to the Wizard of Oz, after Dorothy pulled away the curtain.

"Barack Obama, a wizard of another kind, has been trying with fulminations and denunciations to keep anyone from attempting what a law professor might call discovery of what the president actually has done in the past three years," Mr. Henninger said.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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