In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 May 7, 2014 / 7 Iyar, 5774

Whose talking points?

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | How did Obama aide Ben Rhodes get the language for the talking points he prepared for Susan Rice condemning the anti-Muslim Internet video that purportedly triggered "spontaneous" demonstrations leading to the attack on Benghazi?

What's interesting is that the words he sent out about the video were identical to those used by Hillary Clinton almost two days earlier. And we know that both of them knew then that there was no demonstration whatsoever in Benghazi. So why did they put out this fake story, and how did they coordinate their fabricated message?

Let's rule out a coincidence. That leaves only two possibilities: Either the White House sent the script to Clinton, or Clinton sent it to the White House.

In either scenario, it's likely there would have been emails conveying the material and fine-tuning of the tale before the Rhodes email. Yet, none of the documents provided to either the Government Oversight Committee or Judicial Watch include any emails transmitting that language between the time of the attack on Sept. 11, 2012, and Rhodes's email at 8:09 p.m. on Sept. 14.

So how did he get the information? The record shows Clinton had already used the same text that Rhodes used 36 hours later. So, how did Rhodes pick up Clinton's words? By reading the newspaper?

Or was the wording passed along in a document that somehow didn't make it into the troves provided to Congress?

Here's what they said: On Sept. 13, 2012, Clinton's statement included these passages:

"Let me state very clearly that the United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message. This video is disgusting and reprehensible. There is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence."

Here are Rhodes's comments from the email:

"[W]e've made our views on this video crystal clear. The United States government had nothing to do with it. We reject its message and its content. We find it disgusting and reprehensible. But there is absolutely no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence."

Compare them line by line. They're not just similar, they're the same.

Clinton might ask, "What difference does it make?"

Well, quite a lot. At the very least, it might explain who concocted this deceitful storyline in the first place. Clinton's initial claims about the video, mirrored in Rhodes's later email, raise the possibility that she was the originator of both the words and the concept of using the video to explain the attack. Remember, shortly after speaking to the president, Clinton was the first public official to draw the baseless inference that the video provoked the attack.

So, why would Clinton and President Obama want to promote this phony propaganda? For Obama, it was to maintain the fiction that al Qaeda was still "on the run" after the killing of Osama bin Laden. A terrorist attack just weeks before the election would have undermined his campaign's flattering narrative as the dragon slayer who had eliminated our biggest security threat. For Clinton, it was to deflect criticism of the State Department's inadequate security in Benghazi that left the compound vulnerable and led to the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

If the attack was seen as a spontaneous demonstration that erupted into unplanned violence, neither Obama nor Clinton would look so bad. And the Clinton-Obama policy failures in the Middle East would not be an issue.

Perhaps they were both also concerned that the real Benghazi mission, as described by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, might lead to an unwanted investigation: "The consulate's only mission was to provide cover for the moving of arms. It had no real political role."

So the question remains: How and why did Clinton's words make it into Rhodes's email?

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