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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 Nov 22, 2011 / 25 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Iowa: Vital to GOP now, irrelevant later

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are several reasons why Iowa is not a good place for the initial test in choosing a presidential nominee.

First among these is that what takes place there this January is not a primary but a caucus. Until the mid 1970s, it played no real part in the national political nominating process.

More importantly, the state lacks the philosophical and ethnic diversity of the national electorate that ultimately will decide the winner a year from now. As far as Republicans are concerned, its ideological base is heavily oriented toward social conservatism. Electability is less of a concern, it seems.

As a rural candidate, Jimmy Carter understood this and stole the march on his opponents here in 1976, convincing Democrats he was a born-again Christian who had the right slant on social issues. By the time his more liberal opponents caught on, he was too far ahead to stop. Former Arkansas governor and preacher Mike Huckabee won these caucuses four years ago with much of the same support. Huckabee, however, failed to win the nomination from voters less concerned about evangelism.

But the evangelical influence remains a strong factor and the fact a flock of GOP presidential hopefuls with the exception of Mitt Romney all scrambled to Des Moines over the weekend to swear their allegiance to and outline their plans for defending the proper moral values is a good reason to be concerned about the influence this state enjoys in the current political campaign. This took place at a forum of the state's leading born-again religious leaders and supporters and was moderated by national political strategist, Frank Luntz. To understand the significance of this one need only realize that some 2,000 like-minded Iowans attended.

Romney has not spent time on such religiously tinted issues as abortion, gay marriage and child adoption, preferring to stick to the troubled economy, joblessness and foreign policy as his main points. He just recently decided to make a push in Iowa where he lost in 2008 largely because of the social conservatives who are concerned, among other things, about the fact he is an active member of the Mormon church, a cult in the eyes of some.

The six candidates who did show up swore to right the wrongs of the Supreme Court and secularism in dealing with what is most important to the evangelical movement. That apparently isn't the economy or the national debt or any of the other issues that seem to concern most Americans and probably will be the leading factors in deciding whether or not Barack Obama remains in the White House.

When Carter came to Iowa, the social issues of the day were prayer in schools, taking God out of the pledge of allegiance and certainly abortion. Gay rights were hardly on the agenda and obviously not gay marriage or the adoption of children by gay couples. These issues seem to be pretty standard ultra-conservative dogma and they clearly could get in the way of Romney's hopes of getting a quick leg up on the nomination by winning in Iowa.

At the same time, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is edging up in the polls, could benefit dramatically if he is able to shake off questions about his potential conflicts of interest and two divorces. He appealed to the basic self-reliance of those attending the forum by saying he had one piece of advice to participants in the national Occupy movement: "Go get a job right after you take a bath." How clever . . . and about too callous by half.

Two things about that statement missing from reports on the forum were whether he received an ovation for this remark and whether he had any advice as to where the jobs might come from. That would have been helpful considering a huge number of college graduates, many of whom belong to or are sympathetic to the Occupy movement, are having difficulty finding work.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who unfortunately decided not to run, had a good idea when he called for a moratorium on social issues to deal with crushing debt, hungry bellies and a dim future.

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11/16/11: Pentagon's ‘senior mentor’ service takes hit

11/14/11: With Congress, expect more intransigence

11/08/11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31/11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10/11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04/11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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