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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 Oct. 4, 2012/ 18 Tishrei, 5773

Schoolchildren's stomachs rumble; drama queens grumble

By John Kass

John Kass


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) As nominations poured in for the stupendous Moutza of the Month award for September, President Barack Obama was avoiding meeting with world leaders because he had something more important to do: hang out on daytime TV with the ladies of "The View."

"I told folks I'm just supposed to be eye candy for you guys," he joked, sitting with first lady Michelle Obama. And just like that, he gave himself a new name.

President Eye Candy.

What if Republican Mitt Romney referred to himself as "Gov. Eye Candy," perhaps as he brushed lint from his creased khakis? There would be a terrible silence. An awkward silence. And when he left the set, they'd ridicule him to death.

I've half a mind to give President Eye Candy the Moutza of the Month. It would be so easy. Just spread your fingers wide, thrust the palm at him, and say "Nah!" (Here, take it!) The way they do in Greece between riots because they spent themselves into debt and fiscal oblivion.

But I promised back in July that I could never Moutza the president. He's the president, dang it! The office demands respect. So no Moutza for you, Mr. President Eye Candy. I mean it.

Who else then? Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm. Let's see.

Other prime Moutza of the Month candidates — coming in from readers and friends — include Agriculture Secretary Tom "Pack a Snack" Vilsack.

He's the poor sap who had to enforce one of Michelle Obama's edicts, to reduce calories of school lunches to about 750 to 850 calories because kids were too fat. Only problem, not all kids are fat, and those who are hungry, including athletes (and fat kids) eat constantly. And they complained they were starving to death. Some kids in Kansas even made a video to the tune of "We Are Young" by Fun, but they titled their parody "We Are Hungry."

It became rather embarrassing. Finally, Secretary Pack a Snack was compelled to back off and issue an edict telling parents to please slip those hungry kids some snacks.

There is an old photo of Vilsack wearing a Winnie the Pooh costume as part of an event with little kids (who were most likely well-fed). It actually looked more like Winnie had just given birth to Vilsack's head. And for that disturbing image now stuck in my mind, he deserves a Moutza. Nah!

Other worthy candidates include Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, for being the drama queens of the teachers strike, which gave a raise to union members but did little to fundamentally change the system.

So on Facebook, reader Kevin B. wrote: "CPS and the CTU, double moutza. Remember, it's about the children!"

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fought the unions in Wisconsin. But on Monday night the Green Bay Packers were allegedly robbed of a win over Seattle because of a bad call by replacement referees filling in for locked-out NFL refs.

Walker tweeted: "After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still just as painful. #Returntherealrefs." So, Gov. Pro-Business, standing tough against organized labor is OK, as long as your beloved Packers don't cry and stamp their feet? Nah! Take five, you Packer-loving compromiser. Nah!

And at a recent concert, middle-aged singer Madonna threatened to take off all her clothes should her favorite candidate, President Eye Candy, win re-election. She took off most of her clothes anyway, to reveal the president's name on her back. "When Obama is in the White House for a second term I'll take it all off," she said, threatening the nation.

There's nothing more terrible than an aging pop star wanting to take it all off for the good of the country. Obama should give her the Moutza for pushing voters forward to Romney. But like Pack a Snack and Walker, Madonna earns only a runner-up Moutza, not the monthly honor. Nah!

Which brings us to the lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union. That's the hallowed organization that protects our liberties, unless you want to throw a father-daughter dance at your school. Once awakened, the ACLU breathed its hot, lawyerly breath upon a school district in Cranston, R.I., decrying "gender-specific events."

So the dance was canceled — because a dad dancing with his daughter is somehow discriminatory — and the ACLU released a snippy statement:

"The time has long since passed for public school resources to encourage stereotyping from the days of Ozzie and Harriet. Not every girl today is interested in growing up to be Cinderella — not even in Cranston. In fact, one of them might make a great major league baseball player someday."

The ACLU left out the part about the major league ballplayer who never got to go to her father-daughter dance. I can just see her now, on the mound at Sox Park in a tight ballgame, spitting tobacco into the dirt as Robin Ventura comes up to chat, just wishing she could have danced with her dad.

When I wrote a column about the dance, the ACLU whined about it, demanding redress. And so, to properly redress the group, I spread my fingers wide and waited. Until now. For opposing father-daughter school dances, for whining and for being so lazy as to use "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" as a rhetorical whip, you get a triple Moutza of the Month for September.

Nah!, Nah! and Nah!

Now go drink a couple of glasses of common sense.

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John Kass is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Comments by clicking here.



Previously:



10/01/12 : Chia Obama vs. Chia Romney: May the best greenfro win
09/25/12 : With bitter campaign in full swing, you need to watch some movies
08/02/12 : Toasting culture's absurdities
04/24/12: Why do you have to sell your privacy to win?
10/13/11: Stupid things men say to pregnant women
09/26/11: Desk zero: ‘Contagion’ lurks just outside office bathroom
09/08/11: Light up your lottery tickets, pass the Hopium
08/31/11: It was only a paper moon , but a legendary hoax
05/27/11: For 2012, it's Obama vs. the smoothies
05/05/11: Is it time to de-friend Pakistan?
04/12/11: China stretches the bounds of decency with cow-human-breast milk
03/23/11: No you're not in control; get over it
02/28/11: Chicago wanted a strongman, and it got one
01/26/11: Oh, c'mon, c'mon, Rahm-bo a victim? That's a stretch
12/13/10: WikiLeaks and Assange pretend there are no consequences
12/09/10: Trendy toys don't stand up to playthings of yore
10/11/10: Obama and his pals need some scarce Hopium for the next election
09/14/10: Obama gets a little bossy with tacit endorsement of Emanuel
08/18/10: Dead Meat walking, but heat to be applied again
07/28/10: No verdict, but Blagojevich trial still has its winners, losers
07/26/10: Obama's fall guy in Shirley Sherrod case is Vilsack the Pooh
07/21/10: Loathing of Steinbrenner softens after his death
07/19/10: Summertime, and the race cards are easy
06/28/10: Does Congress have the guts to fix what court gutted? Honestly, no
12/17/09: Belt-tightening presidential aspirant leaves room for Spam
09/27/09: ACORN can teach the GOP a thing or 2
09/03/09: Blago as author gets it wrong yet again 06/22/09: Obama's latest political play should shock no one
06/17/09: Presidential satire takes Hopium break
06/11/09: E-Verify works, so, of course, let's not use it
06/09/09: First Lady Macbeth's the man, so in your face, Eminem
06/02/09: Judge Sotomayor would think me most unwise
05/12/09: Parents, enjoy this time, in all its creepiness
03/18/09: Stem cell policy shift brings a sinking feeling
03/09/09: Name That Blago Book contest names its winner
03/05/09: Contest: Name Blagojevich's book
02/16/09: Dems undercut aid for U.S. workers
01/20/09: Let the carving begin on Tombstone's tomb
01/12/09: Obama serves Reid taste of Chicago Way
01/02/09: Jesters don't pick up the race card in a nationally televised news conference and slam it into the face of every Dem in the Senate, a palm heel strike to the tip of the nose, leaving all of them watery-eyed, their lips stinging
12/24/08: Governor waxes poetic, but Combine rolls on
12/23/08: Got corruption? Get Jesse Junior G-Man
12/18/08: Will ‘feditis’ spread to Obama and Daley?
12/15/08: Man behind curtain is wizard of Rod, Rahm

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