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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 14, 2014 / 12 Adar II, 5774

How to rain on your own parade

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | Alex Sink, who was the model for the Democratic congressional candidate of 2014, lost what was supposed to be a slam dunk Tuesday in Florida. She got the slam but not the dunk, and departs the arena leaving a valuable lesson for her party.

The Democrats spent lavishly in the district, which includes St. Petersburg and hugs the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, confident that voters who twice gave majorities to President Obama would respond eagerly to a candidate much like him. There was plenty of money to spread the message. She spent $5.4 million on the race, nearly a million dollars more than David Jolly, a lackluster lobbyist who seemed to represent everything about Washington that everybody says they don't like, lobbyists have become the lepers of the political process, spreading their taint across the body politic.

She brought impressive cred to the race. She was almost elected governor of Florida four years ago, losing by a haunting 1 percent, and was the chief financial officer of the State of Florida. She was never the girl frightened by math. She had great name recognition (almost nobody had ever heard of Mr. Jolly). She was the great-granddaughter of Chang Bunker, one of the famous conjoined Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker. She even shared an iconic home town, Mount Airy, N.C., with Andy Griffith, the late, great sheriff of Mayberry. Mayberry is based on Mount Airy. What else could a consultant and image-maker need?

Ms. Sink said all the things Democrats and enlightened Republicans are expected to say and hear (if they know what's good for them), and then some. She stood by the president and his health-care scheme when everybody else was looking for the exits. She lost. Not by a big margin, 2 percentage points, but a big-enough margin.

The lesson she leaves her party is a lesson of how not to campaign for Congress this year. Anyone who looks to hers as the model campaign is asking for a one-way ticket to Oblivion, with a ride in the middle seat. She tried to change the subject while Mr. Jolly was talking, talking, and talking about Obamacare, but she changed it to a subject that most people regard as goofier than Obamacare. She flooded the broadcast channels with messages from the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters treating Mr. Jolly as the man from the Flat Earth Society because of his measured skepticism about global warming.


This congressional district, the Florida 13th, was made to measure for global warming hysteria and wild speculation about hurricanes, tidal waves, tsunamis and wild salty beasts ready to emerge from the Gulf to devour the town. But the weather from the Gulf - Florida is nearly always the first port of call of killer hurricanes - was not as scary as electing another Obama pal to Congress.

The global warming stuff was reprised without let-up, and for once the Republican candidate didn't flinch, cower or take the bait. Mr. Jolly never answered the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, or Alex Sink. He continued to hammer the Democrats in general and Alex Sink in particular about Obamacare, inviting the Sink campaign to sink its campaign chest on a subject that clearly nobody cares about.

The Republicans can't expect to face campaigns as dreadful as hers in the fall. Democrats learn from their mistakes, and soon they'll put up candidates in other districts with the discipline to stay on message. No armchair gynecologists to ruin sure things for them. Nobody can yet see just what that message could be. For a while most of them will stick close to Barack Obama. Candidates will be loyal to the president for a while, like a chicken taking a couple of steps after the farmer's wife cuts off its head.

One congressional race does not a trend make, but it's a warning that only the foolish ignore. The Democratic spinners are hard at work 24/7, and coming up not much better than the resident oracle at Real Clear Politics, who writes that "to begin with, special elections aren't bellwethers, except when they are. If that doesn't sound particularly helpful, well, it isn't meant to." (That clears that up.)

This feels Florida results feels like the beginning of a wave, to sweep the slow, the timid and the wrong-headed out of the way. Voters this year have had enough of Dr. Obama, and it's going to take more sugar than the Democrats have to make his medicine go down.

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