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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 May 24, 2013/ 15 Sivan, 5773

Shocked! Shocked!

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that President Obama doesn't know anything. I know this because he keeps telling us so. Over and over again. He keeps telling us that he never knew anything about the IRS targeting and intimidating conservative organizations such as The Tea Parties; he says he never knew anything about the Department of Justice seizing e-mails and other records of Fox News journalists and other high profile conservatives; and he never knew anything about what happened in Benghazi, Libya where our consulate was savagely attacked resulting in the deaths of four Americans including our ambassador. For a micro-managing genius of a president this guy sure doesn't know much about what's going on in his own administration, does he?

By the way, his is the most transparent administration ever, remember? He told us so. The last time we saw anything this transparent it was called the Soviet Iron Curtain. Some are starting to call the president Richard Millhouse Obama, but that is unfair - to Richard Millhouse Nixon. Nixon finally had to resign in disgrace, but this guy ain't going anywhere.

We had the impression that Nixon was ashamed of what he did, I don't see that in Obama. He's evidently learned from Bill Clinton how to weasel out of a scandal. Rule Number One: No matter how much evidence they produce against you, never admit to anything. Look the American people straight on and deny, deny, deny.

Obama has a definite pattern to the strategy he has been using in all of these scandals. First he claims he was never told anything about it, that the first time he learned about it was when he read it in the newspapers just like everyone else. It's like, "Hey, I'm just an outsider, I'm not part of my own administration." So first, he pleads ignorant.

After that he says he is "outraged to find out that these things have been going on." I call that the Claude Rains defense. The Claude Rains Captain Renault character from the movie, "Casablanca" claimed to be "Shocked, shocked, to find that gambling had been going on" at Rick's Place. Of course the Captain knew about it all along and was involved in it himself personally.

And then Obama goes right into the "But all that doesn't matter now, we need to move on" mode. Obama and Hillary and their spokespeople have literally used the same line for each of these scandals, which goes something like, "But what difference does it make? None of that is important now, what IS important is that we have to make sure this doesn't happen again! We will find out who is behind this thing and ensure that it never occurs again." Now move along, folks. Nothing to see here. We've got it all under control.

But nothing ever really happens. In Benghazi, to date, none of the terrorists behind the murders have been brought to justice or even identified. There is no doubt at all that someone high up in the administration screwed up either by design or through incompetence, and yet no one in the administration has been fired or resigned because of it. Why weren't our people sent the help they asked for before the attacks? After the attacks began, who gave the order NOT to come to the aid of our ambassador and his staff? And who decided to cover up these acts by blaming it all on a video that had nothing to do with it?

The Internal Revenue Service's bullying of conservative groups and targeting individuals who have donated to conservative causes, the Department Of Justice pushing around conservative reporters, reading their personal e-mails, even monitoring their parents and other family members, the DOJ seizing personal records and correspondence of news organizations that the president has determined are not on his side do you see a pattern in all of this?

Obama is supposed to be in charge of these departments. They report to him, he appoints his own people to head them up. There are only three possibilities for what is going on. Either (1) he is a totally incompetent leader who keeps himself purposely out of the loop of governance, or (2) he has personally given the orders in these scandals or (3) he has placed people into positions whom he knew would do exactly what he wanted done.

Whichever one it is, Obama is to blame. To coin an overused phrase, he has created a culture of corruption. A combination of an elitist sense of entitlement coupled with a Chicago thuggery way of doing business which includes destroying your enemies at any cost. Obama said it himself in 2011, "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun!" He has also gone on record of referring to the Tea Partiers as "Tea Baggers" and calling them un-American. This sort of rhetoric sends a clear message to your underlings.

But never fear. Obama knew from nothing about anything.

"I'm shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here!"

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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