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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 Jan. 14, 2011 / 9 Shevat, 5771

Obama's prescription for what ails us

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama's speech at the Tucson memorial was his finest hour, an eloquent rebuke to the purveyors of venom and partisan toxin.

The president wrote a prescription for the relief from what passes for punditry: "At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized — at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do — it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds."

The tone and tint of Mr. Obama's remarks recalled Ronald Reagan's speech in the wake of the terrorist truck bomb in Beirut that took the lives of 241 American warriors, 220 of them Marines, in 1983. Michelle Obama's taking the hand of Mark Kelly into both of hers, to squeeze it when the president spoke of Gabrielle Gifford's ordeal, recalled Nancy Reagan's tearful accepting of the folded flag every hero's mother takes from her son's coffin, acting as the surrogate for the mothers of the slain soldiers, sailors and Marines. These are the moments that bind a nation together in the aftermath of tragedy and torment, and Mr. Obama rose gallantly to the occasion.

The Wall Street Journal expressed the hope that implicit rebuke of those who seek to blame Jared Loughner's violence on the give and take of democratic debate "will be embarrassed enough from now on to keep silent."

We can always hope, but the early notices are not encouraging. There is no respite from the relentless mocking of Sarah Palin, whose remarks earlier in the day in reply to the hysterical attempt of the left to blame her for the tragedy in Tucson was surely a large part of what President Obama was talking about when he decried the fact that "we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do."

A columnist for the New York Times observed the next morning that the president, like Mrs. Palin, rejected as far too simplistic the idea that political speech, however harsh, "was directly responsible for the tragedy." But not too simplistic to peddle: "…what could not have been more different was the tone. Where Ms. Palin was direct and forceful, Mr. Obama was soft and restrained. Where Ms. Palin was accusatory, Mr. Obama appeared to go out of his way to avoid pointing fingers or assigning blame. Where she stressed the importance of fighting for our different beliefs, he emphasized our need for unity, referring to the 'American family — 300 million strong.'"

It's nice to know that a columnist for the New York Times is willing for once to include Republicans and other conservatives in the American family, but to concede the sins of the New York Times over this past week would have been more in keeping with the president's admonition to cut out the relentless incivility — to observe the fact that Sarah Palin had been defending herself against the manifold libels of the week, and President Obama was not.

The week's relentless attempt by "the journalists and pundits" of the left to make Republicans and other conservatives the villains of Tucson ultimately failed. The "conversation" has moved on to mental health, and why we decided four decades ago to give criminal crazies a bottle of pills and tell them to get lost. This, alas, is likely to push the pundits of the left to ever more hateful hate speech.

There is, in fact, a syndrome to describe the left-wing punditry. So we must be kind and understanding. The italics for it is creparus crawlanius, or "creepy crawlies." It was discovered first in Chris Matthews, who shouts for MSNBC. Mr. Matthews suffers from what has come to be called Chris Matthews Syndrome, or CMS. Those with CMS typically imagine that creepy crawlies climb up their legs (and sometimes into their drawers) when they hear a speech by President Obama. Chris let his usual deluge of spittle fly the other night, raging against talk radio in general and popular talkers Mark Levin and Michael Savage in particular. "They …are just in some rage every night with some ugly talk. Ugly sounding talk and it never changes."

Sufferers of CMS typically hear themselves talking and imagine it to be the voice of someone else. There's no cure for CMS, not yet even a pill to alleviate the symptoms. Until there is one, the sufferers should re-read Dr. Obama's splendid prescription in Tucson.

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