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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 1, 2012/ 9 Iyar, 5772

Rich Man, Poor Dog

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mitt Romney can't get past the Seamus story. In 1983, Romney put the family dog in a carrier on the roof of his Chevy as his wife, their five sons and their luggage squeezed in to the station wagon for a vacation. The dog got diarrhea. Romney has not figured out how to put the 29-year-old story behind him. So critics continue to use the episode as the defining anecdote about the GOP hopeful.

Last month, conservatives unearthed a passage in Barack Obama's book "Dreams from My Father." Obama wrote that his Indonesian stepfather introduced him to eating dog and that dog meat is "tough."

Did Obama go on the defensive? No, he took ownership of the tale. At the Correspondents' Association dinner last week, Obama cracked two jokes about eating Fido. In reference to Sarah Palin, Obama asked, "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?" Answer: "A pit bull is delicious."

And: "My stepfather always told me, 'It's a boy-eat-dog world out there.'"

Political campaigns get into trouble when they try to paint the candidate as someone he (or she) isn't. By being cool, Obama blew the oxygen out of the story.

The Romney camp keeps trying to set up Mitt as a regular guy who can relate to American families. But he can't do small talk. At a recent sit-down in Pennsylvania, Romney told his hostess he had doubts about the cookies she was serving. He said they looked as if "they came from the local 7-Eleven bakery or whatever." It turns out a beloved local bakery made the cookies.

Team Romney should give it up. Let Romney be Thurston Howell III. Let him call Ann "Lovey" and talk with his jaw clenched.

Or let him follow the Steve Jobs model. The two men have parallels. Jobs was a vegan; Romney is a teetotaler. Both have criticized Washington's excessive regulations as job killers. According to Walter Isaacson's biography, Jobs even told Obama to his face that he was heading for a one-term presidency. Jobs didn't try to pretend that he wasn't rich or successful. He reveled in it.

Instead of chatting about baked goods, Romney should be blabbing about Bain Capital's amazing return on investment -- an average annual rate of 88 percent over 15 years, according to "The Real Romney," a biography written by two Boston Globe reporters.

A week ago, Obama appeared on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," where he "slow jammed" the news in a bit about student loans. On Saturday, Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told a Washington Post forum, "I do think there was something a little bit off-key about the president slow jamming and appearing to make light of the fact that students are struggling." Romney, Fehrnstrom added, would have declined to do that skit.

No, the response should be that Romney has decided he doesn't have to do comedy. He pays his aides top dollar so they can tell his jokes.

As for the Seamus episode, there's no point in telling reporters about how crowded the family station wagon was or about the shield Romney assembled to protect the Irish setter from the wind. Or that dogs traveling on passenger planes probably experience a similar amount of stress.

If he had it to do over, Romney should say, he would have hired a car and driver for his dog. The public would get that.

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