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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 August 18, 2009 / 28 Menachem-Av 5769

Point for Palin

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On March 23, 1943, an overconfident Afrika Korps ran into a well prepared ambush at El Guettar, Tunisia. The lead German tanks were slowed by a minefield, then devastated by pre-registered artillery and anti-tank gun fire.


"Rommel, you magnificent bastard, I read your book!" gloated George C. Scott, playing Gen. George S. Patton, in the 1970 movie "Patton."


The real Gen. Patton had read the Afrika Korps commander's 1937 book "Infantry Attacks," and thus had a pretty good idea of the tactics Gen. Erwin Rommel would employ.


The Obama administration has a playbook, too. It's "Rules for Radicals," written in 1971 by Chicago Marxist Saul Alinsky, the godfather of community organizing.


Mr. Obama's aides have faithfully followed those rules, in particular his rule number 13 under tactics: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don't try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame."


The main job of the community organizer, Mr. Alinsky said, is to bait an opponent into reacting.


"The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength," Mr. Alinsky wrote.


Following Mr. Alinsky's tactics has worked well for Mr. Obama. But unfortunately for him, Sarah Palin — arguably the principal target of rule number 13 — has read the book, too.


Journalists who wrote off Ms. Palin as politically irrelevant after she resigned as Alaska's governor last month spent much of the weekend discussing how she has shifted debate on President Obama's health care reform plan.


"We are back to is she crazy or is she crazy like a fox," said the Washington Post's Anne Kornblutt in a panel discussion on ABC's "This Week" program Sunday. "We all wrote her off a month ago. We said she would have no platform if she were not governor of Alaska."


During the presidential election last year, journalists marveled at how the Obama campaign was running rings around the McCain campaign in the utilization of new communications technologies.


But, noted Stephanie Condon of CBS on Friday (8/14), it is Sarah Palin's shrewd use of the new technologies that have shifted the health care debate.


All it took for Sarah to shift the focus was to post this paragraph on her Facebook page: "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."


Ms. Palin could count on an hysterical overreaction from Democrats and journalists to give her remark widespread publicity. And so it came to pass. Even President Obama felt compelled to respond.


To describe the "end of life counseling" provisions in the health care bill as creating a "death panel" is an egregious overstatement, they said.


"Death panel" is a phrase which sticks in people's minds, like Ronald Reagan's description of the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," a phrase which, noted Andrew McCarthy of National Review Online, also drove Democrats and journalists to hissy fits.


"'Death panels' caught on with the public just like 'evil empire' did because, for all their 'heat rather than light' tut-tutting, critics could never quite discredit it," Mr. McCarthy said.


"Needless to say, the (end of life counseling) proposals themselves had been couched in 'feelgood' language, with public relations campaigns at the ready in case someone like Palin called a spade a spade," wrote Canadian columnist David Warren. "She did so in full knowledge of how that publicity machine would respond."


"When I first saw that (death panel) phrase, I burst out laughing," wrote Camille Paglia, an Obama supporter. "It seemed so over the top. But on reflection, I realized Palin's shrewdly timed metaphor spoke directly to the electorate's unease with the prospect of shadowing, unelected government figures controlling our lives."


The Senate Finance Committee has dropped the provision for end of life counseling from its version of the health care bill, because, according to one member, "it could be misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly." "That's a very nice way of saying Sarah Palin had a point," Mr. Warren said.

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