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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 Feb. 26, 2008 / 20 Adar I 5768

All our poetry is only doggerel

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We're well on our way to the bottom, and we're not even out of February. Our distinguished Democratic candidates for president argue about whose stump rhetoric is borrowed poetry and whose is recycled doggerel, who had the most fun playing dress-up on a holiday abroad, who makes naughty when the other makes nice.

Yesterday in Pennsylvania, two brothers-in-law, caught up in the excitement of a primary, fought to a bloody draw in an argument that ended with a stabbing over the merits, ethics and virtues of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. One brother-in-law (a Hillary fan) was dispatched to the pokey and the other, an Obama addict, to the hospital with a knife wound in his belly.

No guts, no glory, but that anyone could find enough merits, ethics and virtues in these two worthies to fight over with a sharp knife is a mystery and a puzzle to grown-ups. We're usually content to let the pols bore us to death. Our "issues" this time are mostly suited to hair-pulling at recess.

The latest Clinton portrayal of Barack Obama as a closet Muslim is the thinnest soup the lady has served yet. The evidence of a plot hatched at the mosque lies in a six-year-old photograph of Sen. Obama in the headpiece, skirt and sarong of an elder, taken in a remote Kenyan village. No indication whether this is a Muslim village, but if you want to think that, the Clinton campaign won't mind, despite Hillary's denying everything last night. The Obama campaign called the circulation of the photograph by unknown villains "a smear," and Maggie Williams, Hillary's latest campaign manager, scolded with straight face the Obamanoids for taking offense, for suggesting that the sight of Mr. Obama in the finery of Africa is "divisive." The Obamanoids "ought to be ashamed of themselves." Why, Hillary has occasionally donned such "divisive" duds herself.

Mr. Obama's friends explain that he wasn't trying to hide behind anyone's skirt, that he wore his own skirt proudly. This latest fuss only shows that borrowing another culture for a photo-op is risky. The Vietnamese ao dai, filmy silky pajamas that suggest a lot without showing a lot, looks sensational on slender Vietnamese women, but not so sensational on, say, Madeleine Albright. The cheongsam, with the skirt slit to the waist, is splendid on svelte Chinese women, but Hillary is well advised to stick to her pantsuits (not slit up the leg). Presidents look particularly ridiculous when they can't resist putting on somebody else's clothes.

Mere presidential wannabes have to be particularly careful, too. This year's crop of wannabes should consult Michael Dukakis, who defined himself forever when he put on a helmet and climbed aboard an Abrams battle tank for a bumpy ride around the block. Or John Francois Kerry, who dressed up in some sort of bunny suit and only looked like a giant sperm. Calvin Coolidge looked faintly ridiculous in the long feathered headdress of a Sioux war chief in a famous photograph, which was exactly what Chief Standing Bear, photographed beside him suppressing a smile, probably had in mind. White man sometimes not smart.

Dirty tricks may be too late to save the Clintons, but suggesting Barack Obama is a closet Muslim can only set him up for grief later, when the party gets rough. The sophisticates among us pretend that the culture has moved beyond religious tastes and tests; the campaign of '08 offers ample proof otherwise.

Mitt Romney couldn't survive suspicions about Mormons, and many of those who decry religious prejudice loudest are put off by Mike Huckabee's evangelical Christianity. Barack Obama has yet to persuade a lot of voters that his association with a pastor who doesn't much like Jews and other white folks shouldn't be a deal-killer.

Louis Farrakhan, who called Judaism a gutter religion, endorsed the senator from Illinois over the weekend. The October surprise lies still ahead.

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