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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 June 26, 2012/ 6 Tamuz, 5772

Failing the U.S. Citizenship Test

By Tom Purcell




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Itís not my fault I failed the test. Itís a lot harder than it looks.

Ah, yes, you speak of the U.S. citizenship test, which Newsweek recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to complete. Nearly 40 percent failed!

Thatís because the test is riddled with trick questions, if you ask me.

The test is actually very straightforward. It is composed of 100 questions about government, rights, history and civics. Test-takers are presented with a random selection of 10 questions and must correctly answer six to pass.

Yeah. Well, why donít we go through some of the questions? Youíll understand why I failed it.

OK, here goes. What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens?

The right to vote for the guy who promises to give you the most free stuff from the government that is paid for by your neighbors.

Technically, that is not correct, but your answer is regrettably accurate these days. Letís try some questions about Americaís system of government. How many branches are there in our government?

Four: executive, judicial, legislative and the Federal Reserve run by that Bernanke guy who prints trillions in new money to pay the governmentís bills.

Though you are technically wrong again, your answer makes sense to me. Letís try another: What is the U.S. Constitution and can it be changed?

The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land! It can be changed by creating an amendment, which is really hard to do. But President Obama has shown there is no need to change it. You can just ignore it and nobody will mind too much.

Regrettably, the spirit of your answer is correct. What is your answer to this one: What is the U.S. Congress and what are its duties?

The purpose of the Congress is to allow 435 people who mostly canít hold real jobs in the private sector to get cushy government salaries and retirement benefits and just enough fame and power to date staffers.

There are some principled people in the U.S. Congress, but your point is well-taken. How would you answer this: For how long do we elect each of our 100 U.S. senators?

Until the law finally catches up with them.

Thatís pretty funny. Now name one purpose of the United Nations.

To create lots of cushy lifetime jobs for foreign people who mostly hate the United States.

Not bad. Letís try some history questions. Who said, ďGive me liberty or give me deathĒ?

I just said that last week to the wife after I had one too many at the pub. But it was also said by Patrick Henry, whose words helped spark Americaís desire to seek independence from England.

That is correct. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?

They sought religious freedom and, until the Obama administration recently started telling churches what they must include in their government-directed health care policies, religion was practiced freely in America.

I must admit, sir, that your answers make a lot of sense. Still, the nearly 40 percent of Americans who failed the citizenship test did so because of basic ignorance about Americaís history and government. Thatís worrisome for a government that derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. Nearly 30 percent of the test-takers couldnít name the vice president.

Iíll bet Joe Biden gets that question wrong 30 percent of the time, too.

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