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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 29, 2014 / 29 Nissan, 5774

What the feds are doing for you, to you

By Ann McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | WASHINGTON — No, it's not your imagination. The federal government has been acting particularly goofy this spring.

Most recently, it gave tacit approval to powdered alcohol. "Palcohol" was all over the news as the newest new thing — add water to the contents of a small packet and, voila!, a Cosmopolitan or a Mojito. Or it could be added to food. The brave parents who volunteer as guard dogs at high school proms were apoplectic.

The next day, it was explained that a "mistake" had been made. No such approval will be given, at least not immediately. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is reassessing the "labels" the Palcohol developers have proposed.

Does our government learn from its mistakes? Of course not.

We are reminded of another "oops" moment just a few weeks ago when the Department of Homeland Security proposed hiring a private company to track license plates to locate people for various reasons. The uproar, in the wake of world outrage over the United States' indiscriminate spying on just about everyone, was intense. The next day the proposal for yet another huge databank to keep tabs on private citizens was disavowed.

Do the bureaucrats hang their heads in shame at some of the Stupid Government Tricks they devise? Of course not.

A week after the national agony of tax day, we learned that more than 1,100 IRS employees who failed to pay taxes or otherwise had tax troubles got bonuses and extra days of paid leave.

According to an IRS inspector general's audit, even more agency employees who were in trouble with the agency for various reasons got time off and bonuses. What?! Wasn't the head of the IRS just apologizing profusely that 30 percent to 40 percent of taxpayers with tax questions can't get even through to talk to an IRS employee?

Oops, said the IRS. No more bonuses to employees who don't pay their fair share.

More than 300,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. At least 157 have been killed, many in door-to-door combat operations and IED attacks. Thousands have come home with horrific injuries.



So it is natural that the latest Pentagon order involving women would be a ban on popular hairstyles among women such as twists, dreadlocks and large cornrows. Black women in particular are upset — it is not easy while on active duty to keep hair neat and out of the way by methods now required, let alone chemically straightened.

The Army cites the need for uniformity. It says it does not want to see "unkempt" soldiers. But few women go to work purposefully "unkempt." And even fewer are eager to adopt the strategy many military men use — shaved heads. "Very offensive," said the Congressional Black Caucus of the new Pentagon regulation.

The Pentagon, used to thinking itself infallible, has had no "oops" moment.

An even worse offense has been government's failure to tell us that the American middle class, what little there is left of it, no longer is the richest in the world.

That honor has been grabbed by Canada. Canada! Our frozen neighbor to the north! The New York Times had to do its own analysis to let us know this humiliating information as well as the other dreary news: "The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans."

For this perfidy, President Obama scornfully blames Mitt Romney and his ilk, the 1 percenters who keep getting richer to infinity and beyond. The wealthiest and Republicans in Congress who refuse to do anything Obama wants.

He may be right but his self-righteousness, while all that we middle classers have left of our proud heritage is our guns, is maddening.

Left to its own devices, our government would oversee a nation that drowns its troubles in powder, dismisses valiant soldiers in cornrows, gives bonuses to scofflaw tax auditors and tracks the license plates of the middle class applying for Canadian visas.

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Previously:


04/21/14: Why Hillary? The public awaits her answer
02/27/14: What is it about dictators and bad taste?
02/21/14: As easy as 1, 2, 3, proof the government is nuts
01/21/14: Where doubletalk is lingua franca
11/29/13: Time for governmemt to encourage mouthiness in kids again
11/22/13: Blame Canada? Or should we merge instead?
11/14/13: Out of the mouths of politicians --- huh?
10/14/13: American adults lack life skills, tests indicate
10/07/13: Finally sometyhing America is No. 1 in
06/21/13: Obama is guiding us toward a slippery slope in Syria
06/14/13: Summer '13 offers rays of sunshine for Americans
03/13/13: Democratic Party, stuck in a sorry state
03/13/13: In Washington, signs of civility emerge
02/22/13: The start of World War III? Why China's cyber hacking is frightening to the United States
02/01/13: Buy American and rebuild an economy
01/18/13: There should be a (nother) law: No super-whoopee inaugurations for second-term presidents
11/29/12: Congress hates us
11/16/12: A holiday gift guide for our politicians
08/10/12: Rise in independent voters imperils moderates
07/23/12: Looking forward to the presidential debates
07/13/12: A do-nothing Congress exacts high costs
06/25/12: Take a vacation: It's your duty
06/19/12: Dems: 'Do something'
04/30/12: Will Mitt Romney finally let a hair down?
04/23/12: Warning: Nasty presidential race ahead
04/02/12: We need to talk about aging
03/26/12: A Clinton-Bush matchup in 2016?
03/19/12: Autumn presidential debate topics lining up nicely
03/12/12: Unpacking presidential campaign myths
03/05/12: Time for Romney's vision, not goofiness, gaffes
01/13/12: Romney makes life difficult with many flubs
11/24/11: Obama has most to fear from Huntsman
10/04/11: Romney looks like ‘The One’
09/28/11: At last some good news on energy
09/21/11: Time to make pols squirm
08/29/11: America still shows the power of the individual
08/17/11: Like us, Lady Liberty in disrepair, but still strong




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