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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 April 15, 2014 / 15 Nissan, 5774

Paying a debt to plain language

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | Sometimes the smartest among us should just shut up, and watch his language. Nobody gets the opportunity now, if he ever did, to take something back, to explain "context" or "clarify" what he was trying to say. The language of the street is plain English, but never "nuance." Nuance is for nerds and neophytes.

Politicians, like everyone else, are not immune to saying things that go a bit over the top. Politicians often get roaring drunk on their own words (often followed by a howling hangover). Barack Obama, energized by an applauding crowd, said there was no such thing as voter fraud, even as new findings from North Carolina revealed that more than 30,000 suspected fraudsters. Some of them were dead (and still are).

Mike Huckabee told an early campaign crowd in New Hampshire that things have got so bad in America that life is sometimes better in North Korea. Mike is a Baptist preacher, and easily inspired, but how far over the top is that?

Mitt Romney tried talking in percentages in his race against Barack Obama, and paid for it. George H.W. Bush famously invited everyone to "read my lips" about no new taxes ever, and they did, and he lived to regret it. Everybody remembered.

Michael Dukakis blew a perfectly good race for president four years before that when Bernie Shaw of CNN, the moderator of the Bush-Dukakis presidential debate, asked him whether, if his wife were raped and murdered, would he favor "an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?." "The little Duke" replied with the classic liberal answer: "No, I don't. . . . "I think there are better and more effective ways to deal with violent crime."

The question begged for an answer with a little blood and guts on it, something like, "No, I don't. If it were left to me I would have shot the guy in both knees and then wrung his neck, but we have laws to deal with criminals, and I don't think capital punishment deters rape and murder. I would want such a sleazebag to spend the rest of his life counting off the days in a miserable state prison, thinking about it." But that was a "nuanced" answer, and nuance, like a bad play on Broadway, is what closes on Saturday night. The Dukakis campaign closed on Saturday night, too.

Jeb Bush, the son of the man who dispatched the little Duke to dreamland with a deft right hand punch, spread a little nuance the other day about immigration, another hot button of most (but by no means all) conservatives. His remarks were not spontaneous nor in answer to a question, but measured and carefully prepared, and they might well have spoiled whatever chance he had (a long shot) to win the presidential nomination in 2016. He described illegal immigration as "an act of love," illegal but "not rising to a felony." He even said that his remark was "on tape," and was aware that he could not later invoke the excuse of "context."

But he did try to better explain what he meant a week later in a speech in Connecticut. "The simple fact is," he said, "there is no conflict between enforcing our laws, believing in the rule of law and having some sensitivity to the immigrant experience, which is part of who we are as a country."

Who but a grinch couldn't endorse that? Jeb makes a good case for legal immigration, and tugs at the heartstrings to make a case for illegal immigration. "It's an act of love," he said, "it's an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime, that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn't rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families."

But it does "rile people up" that amnesty advocates don't see the importance of securing the border first, of dealing with the tsunami on the Rio Grande before inviting the world in to overwhelm and change the nation already here. We're all the progeny of immigrants, and we have the responsibility of preserving what makes America so attractive to those who want to come here.

Jeb left the impression, with his "act of love," that he puts the first thing last. He obviously understands that now, hence his "extension of remarks." It may have cost him big, as they say in the streets. Nuance can be a killer.

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