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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 March 7, 2014 / 5 Adar II, 5774

War drums along the Potomac

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | Enough already with the Hitler talk. War drums and loose lips are giving the old Austrian paperhanger a bad name. Der fuehrer has held the franchise as "most evil figure in history," and now excitable politicians and pundits of little imagination are trying to take the title away by putting him in league with mere pikers. Hitler remains unique in his evil.

Hillary Clinton, hardly a reasonable facsimile of a student of history (or much of anything else), set the teeth of scholars on edge this week with her comparison of Vladimir Putin to Herr Schickelgruber. She told a group of her fans in California that what's happening in Ukraine and Crimea reminds her of the early days of Nazi Germany.

"Now, if this sounds familiar, it's what Hitler did back in the '30s," she said. "All the Germans that were . . . the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they're not being treated right, I must go and protect my people, and that's what's gotten everybody so nervous."

We know that's what she said because someone who was there recorded it and it was published by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Miss Hillary tried to correct the record - "walk it back," is the preferred Washington weasel-wording on the day after a bad hair day - but it's difficult to argue with a recording of your words in your very own voice. Bubba is pretty good with hair-splitting explanations, but he was apparently not available to help the missus.

Remarks like Hilllary's constitute not a felony but only a misdemeanor if you're in a tavern at closing time, arguing with the motormouth at the end of the bar, and you want to shut him up with the argument-clincher of the night. A onetime secretary of state who thinks she has the chops to be the president of the United States is expected to be sharper with the language than that, and it's not clear what she was driving at. Almost nobody, particularly politicians, uses the language well. Sloppy is OK, clever is not necessary. But Vladimir Putin, bad as he may be, is not Herr Hitler.

Mr. Putin, like Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev before him, invites dark comparisons, partly because of his mordant past as a KGB "operative," and because he still acts like one. He can fool the unwary. George W. Bush said he looked into Vlad's icy eyes and saw his soul. Hillary, in an earlier remark that actually was clever, said she wasn't sure that George W. actually a Putin soul. "I didn't know he had one."



Politicians and their speechwriters (who are usually unavailable to furnish quotable quips) can't resist references to Hitler any more than the blowhards in the bar at closing time. Even invoking "Hitler" rarely stops such conversations. Lyndon Johnson invoked the sordid memory of der fuehrer to justify escalation of the Vietnam War in 1965 ("we learned from Hitler and Munich that success [of despots] only feeds the appetite of aggression.") LBJ's fanatical critics accused him of evil beyond the imagination of the Nazis. Running out of words is a terrible waste of passion.

Bill Clinton invoked both Hitler and Winston Churchill in making the case for bombing Kosovo in 1999. "What if someone had listened to Winston Churchill and stood up to Adolf Hitler earlier?" he asked. "How many people's lives might have been saved? And how many American lives might have been saved?" These are good questions, right to the point, and many did ask in the aftermath of World War II.

Not everyone thinks Hitler should be retired as the argument-stopper in small-bore arguments, and reserved for arguments more deserving of high-octane dudgeon. John McCain was pleased by Hillary's outburst, and agrees with her that Vladimir Putin's abuse of Ukraine "is the same thing that Hitler did prior to World War II." Marco Rubio thinks the Hitler comparison was a bit over the top but agrees with the point she was making. "There certainly are similarities."

Lindsey Graham gets to the larger point of what Hillary was trying to do with her purple rhetoric. "I don't think Putin wants to kill Jews. . . I'm not saying he's Hitler. I'm saying he's an autocratic dictator who suppresses freedom."

What Hillary was saying, it's clear to just about everybody, is that she wants to get as far away from Barack Obama and wise men as she can, as fast as she can. This is no time to wimp out like a timid Nancy man. There's war fever on the right, foolish as it may be, and even Democrats are humiliated by Mr. Obama's lassitude, his timidity, his incompetence squared. You can hear the distant war drums on the Potomac. Scary times.

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