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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 June 6, 2012/ 16 Sivan, 5772

The man who won't go away

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Before the non-decision in John Edwards' inconclusive trial finally, mercifully came in last week, the daily headline about his over-covered case brought back another standing headline over another story that once refused to end:

Francisco Franco still dying.

So what else was new?

In this (nigh-endless) case, the jurors in Greensboro, N.C., mostly decided not to decide, which raises the specter -- must we even think about it? -- of still another Edwards trial without end.

Of course, the jurors would be divided, unable to make up their minds. Because it was a toss-up whether the defendant or the chief witness against him -- formerly his top aide, confidant, factotum and general toady -- was a more despicable type. They deserved each other.

It didn't surprise to find both once near the top of the political pecking order in this country, which is what happens when a republic devolves into a mass democracy.

Every time some distinguished pol drags out that tired old line about politics being an honorable profession, he succeeds mainly in raising suspicions. There has to be a reason why a profession feels obliged to keep reminding the public how honorable it is. Can it be the presence and prevalence of so many dishonorables in its ranks?

Surely not, but if you knew someone who went around regularly proclaiming his honor, wouldn't it make you suspicious? It should.

I tried to think of this case of Honor v. Edwards as little as possible while it ground on, but it was unavoidable. Isn't it the function of the news pages to give commentators a steady flow of things to comment on? Duty called, however irksome.

And last week I had to think about John Edwards still again.

Tell us once more how character really doesn't matter in a political leader, that what matters is only political skill. And try to keep a straight face while saying it -- and keeping John Edwards in mind at the same time.

At this point, surely most Americans, if they are absolutely forced to think about one John Edwards at all, mainly think they'd rather not think about him. Enough has been way too enough. His trial is over, but will John Edwards, not to mention the scandal sheets, let it be over?

Of course not. John Edwards is beyond embarrassing. A former U.S. senator, former presidential candidate, and former nominee for vice president of the United States, he refuses to become a former newsmaker. He's become the country's once and future bore.

Of course John Edwards would make his appearance before the cameras and mikes and press as soon as his trial ended. The jurors were hopelessly deadlocked. Their attention span, like the country's, must have finally run out. It's a wonder they stayed interested as long as they did. There is something about the unending exposure to the sordid that kills all interest. The way the most boring literature in the world is pornography.

After he'd apologized to everybody in sight and out, John Edwards wrapped up his lengthy statement with this all-purpose peroration:

"I don't think God's through with me. I really believe He thinks there are some things I can do. And whatever happens with this legal stuff going forward, what I'm hopeful about is, all those kids that I've seen, in the poorest parts of this country, and some of the poorest parts of the world, that I can help them. In whatever way I am still capable of helping them. And I want to dedicate my life to being the best dad I can be, and to helping those kids who I think deserve help, and who I hope I can help...."

I wish he hadn't sounded like he was running for office yet again.

I wish he had left God out of it.

I wish he had left himself out of it.

I wish he would just go away.

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