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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 May 15, 2012/ 23 Iyar, 5772

Leading from behind on gay 'marriage'

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was the teachings of Jesus Christ which caused him to support gay marriage, President Barack Obama told ABC's Robin Roberts last Wednesday (5/9).

The president's decision was forced by Vice President Joe Biden's endorsement of gay marriage the preceding Sunday, White House aides told journalists. Rarely is Mr. Biden confused with Jesus Christ.

"My religious faith dictates marriage is between a man and a woman," Mr. Obama had said when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004.

Mr. Obama's "evolution" is a charade, wrote David Plotz in Slate. As a candidate for the state senate in 1996, he signed a statement that said: "I favor legalizing same sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages," Mr. Plotz noted.

"When he ran for president, Obama denied support for gay marriage while endorsing civil unions, and circulated an obviously bushwah story disavowing the 1996 survey, claiming someone else had filled it out," he wrote. "Liberal Democrats accepted his cover story—and his obvious hypocrisy—because they knew that supporting gay marriage would have been politically fatal to his 2008 prospects. Nudge nudge, wink wink."

In a Gallup poll May 8, 50 percent of those surveyed said they support gay marriage. When Gallup asked that question in 2009, only 40 percent did. So perhaps Mr. Obama thinks he need no longer be hypocritical.

But the very day the Gallup poll was published, voters in North Carolina approved, 61 percent to 39 percent, a state constitutional amendment declaring that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Had the president taken his "historic stand" earlier, he might have had an impact on the vote. Instead, he cancelled a speaking engagement in North Carolina scheduled for primary day.

Mr. Obama has "led from behind" on gay marriage because opposition is strongest among blacks, and is stronger among Hispanics than among whites.

Two days before the president's public embrace, the Washington Post reported one sixth of his top fund raisers are gay, and they were refusing to give more if he continued his charade. No more nudge nudge wink wink for them. I suspect that threat had more to do with the timing of Mr. Obama's announcement than did Mr. Biden's undisciplined mouth.

Forced to choose, Mr. Obama chose the money men. "One in six bundlers speaks louder than 7 in 10 African Americans," tweeted Jim Antle of the American Spectator.

A real journalist might have asked him about all this, which doubtless is why Mr. Obama chose Ms. Roberts. "I'm getting chills again," she told George Stephanopoulos, her co-host on "Good Morning America," as she recounted her time with the president.

And a real journalist might have expressed skepticism of the White House claim Mr. Obama planned to embrace gay marriage at the Democratic National Convention, but Mr. Biden's gaffe forced him to do it sooner.

"Does anyone believe this?" asked Jonah Goldberg of National Review. "Obama was scared to antagonize swing states over the issue of gay marriage in May but he was planning to do it in September?"

Democrats think debate on any social issue benefits them, because it distracts attention from the economy, and permits them to paint Republicans as "intolerant." They should think again.

Gay marriage doesn't poll well in swing states. And gay marriage polls much better than it performs at the polls. Every time there's been a referendum, gay marriage has lost -- even in California.

Much of the opposition comes from Democrats. Many libertarians and conservatives -- such as former Vice President Dick Cheney (who has a gay daughter) -- support gay marriage. This complicates the "Republicans are intolerant" narrative, and indicates many supporters won't vote for Mr. Obama for other reasons.

When social issues became issues in presidential elections, Republicans won, Jeff Bell reminds us in his book, "The Case for Polarized Politics." Democrats won when they defused them by professing support for "family values."

The last Democrat to run so explicitly to the left on social issues was Sen. George McGovern in 1972. He lost every state but one.

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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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