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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 Oct. 29, 2010 21 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

All Spooks Beware

By Suzanne Fields

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Spooky election campaigns jump-start Halloween this year. Christine O'Donnell, a Tea Party Republican running for a Senate seat from Delaware, is looking for a metered space to park her broomstick. "That's the kind of candidate Delaware hasn't had since 1694," cracked a player on "Saturday Night Live," as a skeleton in the background plays the piano with boney fingers.

Rich Iott, a Republican candidate for Congress in Ohio, also backed by the Tea Party movement, decks himself out in a Wehrmacht uniform for a re-enactment of a World War II battle and takes incoming fire for becoming the figure he impersonates. What does that say about actors who portray Nazis in Hollywood movies, or children who dress up as monsters when they go trick or treating?

The Tea Party movement, according to columnist Richard Cohen, is leaderless and amorphous, which has Barack Obama "swinging wildly, punching at ghosts." But Obama's got lots of company in the netherworld of contemporary politics, where ghosts are driving Richard and the conjurers crazy.

A small coven met with Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time," and you might have confused them with the witches in "Macbeth," stirring the boiling cauldron with fillet of fenny snake, wool of bat, tongue of (Blue) dog and eye of newt (but not that Newt). Rob Reiner, Hollywood director/activist and deep thinker, formerly known as Meathead, stirs the pot by suggesting that all the Tea Party needs to complete its legions is a leader like Hitler, since the Tea Party, like the Nazi Party, wants a fuehrer.

"My fear is that the Tea Party gets a charismatic leader," says Mr. Meathead. "Because all they're selling is fear and anger. And that's all Hitler sold." He compares the United States circa 2010 to Germany circa 1934. "They were having bad economic times — just as we are now — people were out of work, they needed jobs and a guy came along and rallied the troops." To rapturous applause, he decried the Tea Party as "selling stupidity and ignorance."

Such condescension and paranoia — and attacking the voters Democrats need to survive a tsunami — is contagious on the Left Coast, where the elite meet to eat and greet at learned academic conferences. The University of California's Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements at Berkeley recently called together left-wing scholars, political commentators and think tankers to decipher the "truth" about the Tea Party movement and to find an original thesis for a book or doctoral dissertation. They're going to have a hard time accomplishing their goal if the abstracts describing their research are an indication of their current attempts to think.

One paper considers "Prospects for an American Neofascism," which examines, along with the Minutemen, the Christian right and the Tea Parties, "corporate/government interpenetration, and the explosive growth of the military/industrial/security complex." If that becomes a book, you might be wise to wait for the movie.

Another learned paper is entitled "A Macro-Micro Model of Participation in Political Action: The Tea Party and Cognitive Biases in Information Consumption and Processing." Its research results show "that strongly held pre-existing beliefs (particularly economic and political individualist ideology) heavily impacted levels of dissatisfaction with government policy and choices of information consumed." Imagine that (if you can).

Steve Martinot, who teaches at San Francisco State University, eschews such academic obfuscation by locating the source of the Tea Party movement in "white supremacy" and a "lynch mob mentality." A visitor from Australia asks if the Tea Parties might provide incentives for "a Timothy McVeigh situation." Such ranting was characterized in Slate magazine as the latest in "Radical Shriek." Boo.

These academics don't understand that they can't "refudiate" a movement merely with attitude. They're part of what they rant against but are too narrow-minded to notice.

In a new book, "Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System," Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen show how populist uprisings are occurring at both ends of the ideological spectrum. But populists on the left, closer to the power centers of the White House and Congress, can't understand why those they supported failed to keep campaign promises. As their enthusiasm morphs into disillusionment, they can only play the blame game. The right, by comparison, finds voice in the Tea Party movement and "despite being systematically ignored, belittled, marginalized and ostracized by political, academic and media elites," grows stronger.

Pollsters have found that 40 percent of Tea Party members are not Republicans. Neither are they extremists. Who they are is succinctly captured by a man with a small business, quoted by the authors: "We aren't racists, or bigots, we aren't Astroturf puppets, and we aren't fringe right-wing zealots. We are just ordinary hardworking Americans who love our country but are mad as hell."

Spooks and goblins should prepare for a fascinating election.

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