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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 March 13, 2012/ 19 Adar, 5772

A modest proposal for Barack Obama

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama is in trouble. Even The Washington Post says so.

The Post's pollsters find that a record number of Americans now give the president "strongly negative" reviews of his first three years, and nearly 7 of every 10 Americans blame the president for the acute heartburn that strikes every American motorist when pulls up to the pump. Barely 1 in 4 approve of his handling of the issue. (Most of the naïve ride bicycles and the rest ride skateboards.)

In hypothetical match-ups for the not-so-hypothetical November 6 election, both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum run approximately even with the president. It's only mid-March, but Rasmussen's pollsters, who have a remarkable record of getting it right, finds the fickle finger of fate pointing to even grimmer news for the president.

The president insists he can't or won't do some of the things that would bring down the price of gasoline — more drilling at home, construction of a pipeline to bring oil down from Canadian oilfields. It's all very sad if you're Mr. Obama or one of his of friends. He must find something else that works, and soon.

Fortunately, "something else" is already at hand. The president has cleverly transformed the contraception issue from a Democratic attack on freedom to act on religious belief to an attack on the Republican ravishing of women. Fear of a shortage of contraceptives can now be exploited to make everyone forget about jobs they don't have, the nation in hock to the Chinese, and the building of an Islamic bomb in Iran.

Mr. Obama should expand his contraceptive mandate. It doesn't go far enough. To put it delicately, so as not to offend in our age of dignified reticence to declaim endlessly and openly on what used to be called sex, there's no point in a free contraceptive if there's no opportunity to use it. It's only fair that the government guarantee opportunity where the rubber meets the road. A mandate for opportunity, so no bachelor or spinster need stay home on date night, is an idea whose time has clearly come.

Safety first. A bill was introduced in the Ohio legislature last week to require men with a prescription for Viagra to take a cardiac stress test, see a gender therapist, and produce a notarized affidavit signed by a partner of the second part to affirm impotency before the prescription is filled. A man on Viagra would "receive information about pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice."

Allysia Finley writes in the Wall Street Journal that in the pursuit of happy gender lives for all Americans, the government should supply free fitness club memberships, massages, yoga classes, and salad bars. Salad bars are necessary to prevent obesity, since fat people are generally regarded as likely to be gender-deprived. Every co-ed can't be a genderpot (although a White House task force is said to be working on it), but the government is obliged to do what it must to make everyone happy.

Seduction, as any roué could tell you, is expensive. Many young people can't afford the Saturday-night revel they deserve, beginning with wine and candlelight and ending in the dark between silk sheets. Young women, particularly third-year law students like the celebrated Sandra Fluke, can't always afford the provocative clothes, cosmetics, perfume and gendery high-heel shoes that transform them from dowdy schlumps into the ethereal creatures who attract a male eye. A kind and benevolent government would provide the necessities leading to success.

Many young women can't afford to shop at Victoria's Secret, but a benevolent government would mandate that employers pay for lingerie appropriate to the occasion. Eager but bashful young men who don't know the difference between a Bordeaux from Lafitte Rothschild and a La Crema pinot noir from Sonoma County should be tutored in oenophilia at government expense. Otherwise a young man could strike out trying to impress a young woman at a four-star restaurant. A faux pas when ordering wine leads to blighted hope, and Mr. Obama promised only four years ago to change all that by unblighting hope.

Benjamin Franklin observed that "only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," but that was a long time ago. We've "grown" mightily since virtue was its own reward. Ben (who famously observed that all cats at gray in the dark) was certainly no prude, but he couldn't have imagined that a president of the United States would one day think it his responsibility to pay for the sexual pleasure of the rank and defiled.

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