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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Aug 29, 2012/ 11 Elul, 5772

John Boehner Comes Out Smoking

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | TAMPA, Fla. — John Boehner used to represent the harsh and uncompromising wing of the Republican Party. And then Paul Ryan came along.

Ryan makes Boehner look like a pussycat.

The old saying was as long as you don't worry about who gets the credit, you can get a lot done.

Ryan's saying seems to be that as long as you make sure that nothing gets done, it doesn't matter who gets the credit.

Which means that Congress continues to wallow in the "don't just do something, stand there" mode, a mode that has earned it an approval rating so low — just 10 percent — that it is one step away from deportation.

Boehner is the speaker of the House of Representatives, which makes him second in the line of succession to the presidency and makes Democrats pray for the continued good health of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Paul Ryan is a Republican member of the House from Wisconsin and this week will be nominated as Mitt Romney's running mate.

Ryan is the author of a budget plan that Democrats say would result in the greatest transfer of wealth from the middle class to the rich in American history.

The plan would result in a dramatic change to Medicare, eventually turning it into a voucher system. So it is not being touted much during the Republican National Convention here in Florida, where the elderly like changes in Medicare about as much as they like butterfly ballots.

Republicans, therefore, speak of Medicare only in terms of how Obama is already ruining it more than Ryan ever would. And Monday, Boehner broadened that line of attack to accuse Obama of making just about everything in America worse.

"He cut Medicare to pay for new entitlements," Boehner said of Obama. "Gas prices? He made them worse. The political tone? He's made it worse."

Boehner was speaking at a Christian Science Monitor luncheon. I sat next to him and was able to confirm Obama's joking description of him. Boehner, Obama said, is "a person of color, although not a color that appears in the natural world."

If tanning were an Olympic sport, Boehner would qualify for a mahogany medal. As he sat down — he answered questions for 50 minutes and left his surf-and-turf untouched — the faint smell of cigarette smoke wafted from his clothes, a result of what is said to be a two-pack-a-day infatuation with Camel Ultra Lights.

Boehner lives perilously. He tans and he smokes, signs of either personal boldness or unconcern with scientific evidence.

Boehner thinks the presidential election will be "close," but he likes the chances" of the Republican ticket. In speaking of Paul Ryan's contribution to the ticket, however, Boehner engaged in political parsing of the highest order.

"Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan says more about Mitt Romney than about Paul Ryan," Boehner said.

While the overflow crowd of reporters was digesting precisely what that might mean, Boehner plunged on. "He made the riskier choice," Boehner said of Romney. "That says an awful lot about his campaign."

It does. It says primarily that Romney felt he had to make a risky choice for a running mate in order to win the election. As did John McCain with Sarah Palin, Bob Dole with Jack Kemp and George H.W. Bush with Dan Quayle. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.

"It brings energy to the campaign and to the candidate," Boehner said, which has been the classic Republican praise for Romney's choice of Ryan. What it might mean for the United States of America seems to be of lesser concern.

The convention, which convened and then immediately recessed on Monday due to weather concerns, has already put the finishing touches on its platform, including the call for a constitutional ban on abortion without exceptions for rape or incest.? Boehner was unconcerned.

"You ever met anyone who has read the platform?" Boehner said. "I've never met anyone who has read the platform. Put it on one sheet of paper, and maybe Americans would be willing to read it. Maybe."

This year's Republican platform is 50 pages. Single-spaced.

No matter. What matters is getting things done.

"No one is more open to the solving of the problems of our nation than me," Boehner said. "I will sit down with anyone across the aisle. I sat down with Ted Kennedy, for G0d's sake!"

But what about the low esteem Americans have for the House of Representatives and the behavior of some of its members?

"Congress has been America's whipping boy for 200 years," Boehner said. "We have 435 members, and on any given day there are some of them doing things they shouldn't be doing."

Which makes me feel a lot better.

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