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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 20, 2009 / 24 Adar 5769

The faith healer's tent in tatters

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Watching faith healers is fun, if you can overlook the pain and desperation in the eyes of the supplicants, and cheerfully endure the mosquitoes, gnats and other night bugs flying in tight formation through gaps in the tent flaps. You have to ignore reality and just enjoy the show.


But the next morning, with the sound of the singing and the scent of the sawdust lingering on the cool air, the sick, the halt and the infirm are well advised to call the doctor.


Barack Obama conducted the picture-perfect campaign with the skill and bombast that any smooth-talking piney-woods charlatan would covet, but he's learning that a president can't pack up the piano, fold his tent and hurry off to the next town (or the next state) before the sun rises. Alas, there's no doctor to call for his patient.


Bill Clinton kept us entertained with the permanent campaign, enlivened by his permanent stalking of women that rendered his administration a comic-opera interregnum of sex between the Bushes.


But that was then, when we could forgive a bubba for being Bubba because the times, they were good and hardly a-changing.


This time around the singing was enthusiastic and the praying, such as it was, was loud and the faith healer was powerful, persuasive and smooth, as only a big noise from the South Side of Chicago could be. Voters who had never heard a faith healer in full voice were easy marks. Who knew the new president and all his men wouldn't have a clue about what to do about trouble? This is the kind of ambush of events that breaks presidents and endows them with a permanent legacy of criminal incompetence. The sight of Jimmy Carter emerging from a White House visit this week set hearts ashudder.


. The Keystone Kops confusion distracts public attention from the Islamic bomb in Iran, the war in Afghanistan, the confiscatory tax increases required to pay for the spending spree, renegade Muslim terrorism and the perennial question about what to do to buck up milkleg European "allies." When "trouble" is about what's no longer in Stupid's pocket, he pays attention to the outrage at hand. Money is divided by a decimal system that everybody understands. Pretty speeches, like the platform performance of a faith healer, won't cut it.


Whistling past the graveyard doesn't work, either, but it's tempting to try.


"People are not sitting around their kitchen tables thinking about AIG," says David Axelrod, the chief designer of the picture-perfect campaign. "They are thinking about their own jobs."


Rahm Emanuel, the White House tough guy, scoffs that the AIG disaster is merely "a big distraction" from the faith healer's real work of healing the economy (as if everything is not related). But the public-opinion polls, which measure the pulse of every administration, say otherwise. Gallup finds a big majority "very upset" about it, with only 11 percent "not particularly bothered." Messrs. Axelrod and Emanuel should talk to their friends to see who is oblivious of the AIG debacle, and how it happened.


This is where Mr. Obama and his friends fear most to go. The $165 million paid out in perfectly legal bonuses are only part of it. The Democrats in Congress are eager to join in the cheap-seat chorus against "greed" and "corruption," as long as nobody notices they're a crucial part of the cabal of corruption that set off the economic slide. The rumbling began with the exposure of mismanagement at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the fingerprints of Chris Dodd, Chuck Schumer and particularly Barney Frank are all over the cooked books.


Mr. Obama was elected in part because so many Americans thought he was serious about getting serious. He would relieve a weary nation of "the partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics." Some of us, to be sure, were skeptical. When you've been in Washington for a while it's difficult to be impressed by the sight of a new tent, tattered flaps fluttering in the wind, going up on that vacant lot overgrown with wild blackberries and Johnson grass just down the street.


President Obama and his men act "as if no one is watching them when they contradict their campaign promises," writes Karl Rove, the evil villain of liberal imagination, in the Wall Street Journal. "That behavior is unwittingly giving the Republicans an opening."


The Democrats can take some small comfort in knowing that Republicans know how to blow opportunities, too.

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