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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. 2, 2013/ 28 Tishrei, 5774

Half a loaf, anyone?

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As the midnight hour loomed, the Shutdown Standoff continued and the danger mounted hour by hour. The political cowpokes were still ambling along toward the OK Corral, the women and children huddling behind closed doors, and law-abidin' citizens slowly shaking their heads at the whole spectacle.

Like the strong non-leader he is, the president defended Obamacare past the last minute even as its wobbly wheels threatened to come off, all the Senate did was re-pass it along with the rest of the budget, and the House stuck with its refusal to approve a budget that didn't delay it -- at least until some emergency repairs could be made over the next year. In short, if you will forgive my bowdlerism of military slang, it was Situation Normal All Fouled Up in the nation's capital.

A chagrined America could only stand by, like the rest of the world, and watch the tragicomedy unfold. Again. The country's much abused citizens could look up and down, left and right, as the hours passed and then the minutes ticked away, and still not see a trace of reason, compromise, negotiation or any of the other elements that make a supposed republic work.

It was the screenplay of "High Noon" taking place in real time, only the deadline, fittingly enough, was darkest midnight. Gary Cooper, where were you when you were most needed?

Our president might compromise with Tehran's mullahs, or the Butcher of Damascus, but some folks were clearly beyond the pale, namely, John Boehner and his House Republicans. And so things stood at press time, when there seemed no help but prayer. For as Bismarck once remarked, G0D looks after fools, drunkards and the United States of America. No wonder the currency says In G0D We Trust. Because we certainly can't trust this bunch in Washington. Not that any of them ever listen, but would it be so bad if both sides would agree to meet halfway? Or any way short of shutting down the government of the United States?

If the White House and the majority party in the Senate won't accept a one-year delay for Obamacare, how about six months? And surely no one serious, or just rational, can fail to see what a mistake passing that destructive tax on medical devices was, what with its potential for harming both American companies and patients, not to mention scientific research in this country in general.

Surely, even Democrats can agree to sacrifice that loser of a tax. And the Republican caucus in the House can settle for whatever progress it can get, and pass that budget. Instead of cutting its own political throat -- because you know who'll get blamed for the federal government's shutting down.

So how about it, ladies and gentlemen, why not act like it? Accept half a loaf and fight another day. Or would that be unspeakably sensible?

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