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December 2, 2014

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 July 2, 2014 / 4 Tammuz, 5774

What Fools These Politicians Be

By Roger Simon



JewishWorldReview.com | Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

This saying is both so funny and so wise that a number of funny and wise men are given credit for it, including Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and Alex Rieger of "Taxi" (season two, episode 36, "Louie Meets the Folks").

So how come so few people follow this advice? Think about your own life. How many times have you left a party or a meeting and said to yourself, "Why didn't I just shut up?"

For politicians, the problem is especially acute. They feel the need to speak up, speak out and remove all doubt as to whether they are fools.

There have been so many examples recently that I barely know where to begin. But here are two seemingly different but actually related cases:

Case one: Is a congressman from Oklahoma a living human being, or was he hanged in 2011?

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, a 10-term Republican from Oklahoma, won his primary last Tuesday with 83 percent of the vote, a margin that most political analysts would call "convincing."

But Timothy Ray Murray, who got only 5 percent of the vote in that primary, wrote that the election is invalid because Lucas "is no longer alive and has been displayed by a look alike."

The real Frank Lucas, Murray says, was "executed by The World Court on or about Jan. 11, 2011 in Southern Ukraine."

Murray furthers states that he himself is "a human."

I feel for Murray on this one. Normally in Oklahoma, being a human is good enough to get you into Congress.

But according to KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, Rep. Lucas says he is alive, has never been executed and has never even been to Ukraine.

"Many things have been said about me, said to me in the course of all my campaigns," Lucas stated. "This is the first time I've ever been accused of being a body double or a robot."

So here's the question: Should Murray have remained silent, or was he justified in asserting that because his opponent is dead, he cannot serve in Congress?

Ruling: Murray should have remained silent. The Constitution states, "No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen."

It says nothing about being alive.

Case two: Is Hillary Clinton capable of emotion?



Clinton's book tour has been awash in controversy because of her statements that she was "dead broke" when she left the White House, with only a multimillion-dollar book advance, one $1.7 million home and one $2.8 million home to comfort her. She also has been sharply questioned about how far she has "evolved" on the subject of same-sex marriage, which she used to oppose but now says is up to each state to decide.

President Barack Obama came to her defense — sort of — on Monday when he said: "I think that Hillary has been to this rodeo a bunch of times. ... Over time, I don't think it's going to make a big difference."

Over time? How about November 2016? Would that be inside or outside the critical time period?

No matter. Hillary has bigger things to worry about.

Remember that historic picture of her in the Situation Room, sitting around a table with the president, the vice president and others watching the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound?

In that picture, Hillary is the only one with her hand to her face, in what appears to be a moment of pure emotion, whether shock, horror, anticipation or something else. Everyone else in the room is maintaining a deadpan expression.

So what was Hillary really feeling? The New York Times recently took a look:

On May 5, 2011, Hillary told ABC News that it was probably allergies.

"I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early-spring allergic coughs," she said.

She also said she had "no idea" what she was watching when White House photographer Pete Souza snapped the picture.

But that was the old Hillary. Solid, intense, emotionless.

Today there is a new Hillary. And she has a new reason for her hand's being at her mouth.

Hillary recently told Italian magazine Il Venerdì, "We watched it all in real time — the helicopters that landed in the courtyard of Osama's compound, our SEALs that attacked the building, the helicopter's tail that hit the wall but succeeded in touching down regardless — and I closed my mouth to keep my heart from coming out of my throat."

Wait. Now she has a clear idea of what was happening instead of "no idea"?

And now it was not allergies but an emotion so deeply felt that it almost caused her heart to come out of her throat?

As the Times reported, this is a "shift from a cough to a gasp."

So should Clinton have spoken up, revealing a flip-flop, or kept silent, leaving her critics less ammunition?

Ruling: She did the right thing by revealing she has emotions. In every election, at least one candidate should not be a robot.

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