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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 Feb 21, 2012/ 28 Shevat, 5772

Demons, devils and an unholy campaign

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Maybe everybody should follow Michelle Obama's example and take a vacation from politics. She's off to Aspen to get in a little snow, seeking relief from surfing in Hawaii and the clatter and bang-bang of Campaign '12. The rest of us can at least fantasize a fun weekend in Detroit.

The Republican debates, so called, have left everyone shell-shocked, suffering under the constant cannonading of stinkbombs, heavy artillery and watching the mortar barrage between Channel 3 and Channel 5. Mitt Romney continues his run for cover, Rick Santorum throws mangled Scripture, and Newt Gingrich, fortified by new transfusions of fools' millions, tells the frontrunner it's time for him to think about quitting. This could have been Harold Stassen's opportunity to indulge an urge to surge -- but, alas, he's still dead.

Barack Obama is finally getting a little good news from the polls, even if it's likely to be temporary good news. A couple of pollsters say his positives now weigh as much as his negatives, and for the moment he doesn't have to mess with Mr. In-Between. Besides, he's got other worries, familiar to every father with a daughter in junior high school. As usual, it's enough to make liberals talk like conservatives.

The president visited the Master Lock works in Milwaukee last week and was mesmerized by the sight of what he called "the really industrial-size locks." Said the president: "I was thinking about the fact that I am the father of two girls who are soon to be in high school and it might come in handy to have those super locks. For now, I'm just counting on the fact that when they go to school there are men with guns with them."

The most partisan Republican can't blame the father of not one, but two daughters in junior high school for thinking about clinging to guns, even if they are guns in the hands of the presidential bodyguards who are trained to shoot and ask questions afterward. Master Lock may not manufacture the locks the president may have in mind, but we take his point, and offer a tea bag and a little sympathy. (Who says politics can't be civil?)

Rick Santorum stepped up his fusillade of doctrine and barrage of religious dogma, aiming it not at Mitt Romney but at the president. Mr. Obama's political agenda, he said, is based on "some phony theology, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology." He suggested that the president practices a different kind of Christianity. "In the Christian church there are a lot of different stripes of Christianity. If the president says he's a Christian, he's a Christian."

This is goofy stuff indeed, and Mr. Santorum could get arguments about his concept of what it means to be a Christian from preachers and bishops alike. The Obama campaign said Mr. Santorum's latest theological broadside was "the latest low in a Republican primary campaign that has been fueled by distortions, ugliness and searing pessimism and negativity."

But look who's talking. The president's own should get a deep breath, too, and take the sage advice of Satchel Paige, the famous pitcher and philosopher from the previous century, who imagined it was not politics but fried food that "angries up" the blood. "Never look back," ol' Satch said. "Something might be gaining on you."

Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who sees frightful apparitions everywhere she looks, told theCalifornia state Democratic convention last week that House Speaker John Boehner and Eric Cantor, the Republican majority leader, are "demons" and now she's afraid to watch television. "I saw pictures of Boehner and Cantor on our screens. Don't ever let me see again in life those Republicans in our hall, on our screens, talking about anything. These are demons."

It could be worse than she thinks. The latest news from Chicago is that Congress appears to be descending into the outer suburbs (if not yet the inner precincts) of hell. A Chicago pastor says "satanic forces" are plotting to defeat Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in his bid for re-election to Congress from his Chicago district. His problems, with a fierce challenge in the Democratic primary, appear to be not so much ethereal as real.

The good news is that soon the primary season will be over at last, the grown-ups will take charge, and the real campaign will begin. (I think.) We'll look back on these as innocent, harmless and golden days. Ghost stories are scary and innocent fun. But you never know.

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