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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 6, 2013/ 26 Iyar, 5773

Federal goverment is ponderous and slow

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Evidence mounts in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing that the people whose job it is to protect us from acts of terror haven't been doing as good a job as they should.

• Russian authorities expressed concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev to U.S. officials "multiple times," at least once after the FBI had interviewed Tamerlan and (apparently) concluded he was not a threat, the Boston Globe reported.

The Russians didn't tell us that, the FBI claims. Which could be true. The Russian warnings could have been delivered to other agencies. They're supposed to share information, but evidently don't.

"You get one story from the FBI and another story from DHS (Department of Homeland Security), and that's a major problem -- the same problem we had between the FBI and the CIA before 9/11," said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

• Tamerlan's listing on the FBI's watch list "expired" while he was on a lengthy visit to Dagestan last year, where authorities are trying to determine whether he met with terrorist leaders or received some instruction on bomb-making. The FBI was unaware of the trip because Tsarnaev's name was misspelled on the passenger manifest, FBI officials said.

He doesn't buy the FBI's story, Notre Dame law professor Jimmy Gurule, a former undersecretary for enforcement at Treasury, told the Los Angeles Times.

"Just one letter that's misspelled and the system breaks down and we can't track him?" Mr. Gurule said. "What about his passport number or his date of birth?"

• When he flew into New York's John F. Kennedy airport on his return from Russia, Tamerlan Tsarnaev's name -- despite the misspelling of it -- was flagged in a DHS database that matches names on passenger manifests with lists of suspected terrorists. But ICE agents didn't interview him and search him.

• He and Tamerlan acted alone, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told the FBI before he clammed up after having been read his Miranda rights. But the sophistication of the triggering device for their bombs suggested a broader conspiracy, according to some experts. Three additional suspects were taken into custody Wednesday, accused of trying to get rid of evidence. Boston has been a hub of jihadi activity since 1993, said terrorism expert Robin Simcox of the Henry Jackson Society. At least 26 residents have had ties to al-Qaida, he said.

We can't say for sure greater vigilance would have prevented the Boston Marathon bombing. But if the authorities had been on the ball, they'd have been all over the Tsarnaevs before they murdered MIT police officer Sean Collier.

This isn't the first time bureaucratic ineptitude, political correctness run amok, or a combination of both has resulted in needless tragedy. The Army had plenty of warning Maj. Nidal Hasan was an Islamist, and unstable, but took no action until after he had murdered 13 and wounded 32 others at Fort Hood.

Despite a larger budget, and the lessons supposedly learned from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's heavily criticized response to Hurricane Katrina in 2007, FEMA's response to Hurricane Sandy last year was no better.

Conservatives are anti-government, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said last week. That's a liberal canard, said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, in an important speech at the Heritage Foundation on "What Conservatives are For." Conservatives are for liberty, which means they are for strong and effective government, because strong and effective government is essential to the preservation of liberty.

Liberals conflate strong and effective government with big government. They view Uncle Sam as a muscular athlete, prepared at a moment's notice to act swiftly and decisively on behalf of the needy.

But the federal government today is obese. Its movements are ponderous and slow. Obese government tries to do too much -- and winds up doing too little.

"We should not be surprised that as Washington has assumed greater control over transportation, education, labor, welfare, health care, home mortgage lending, and so much else ... all of those increasingly centralized systems are failing," Mr. Lee said.

For government to be strong and effective, it must be limited, and it must be federal.

"The biggest reason the federal government makes too many mistakes is that it makes too many decisions," Mr. Lee said. "Most of these are decisions the federal government doesn't have to make -- and therefore shouldn't.

"Once the federal government stops doing things it shouldn't, it can start doing the things it should, better," he 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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