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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 June 10, 2014 / 12 Sivan, 5774

Hillary the poor little rich girl

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | A funny thing is happening on the way to the restoration of the Clinton White House. Discerning Democrats are discovering that Hillary, for all her bewitching feminine charm, just ain't a patch on ol' Bubba.

She doesn't have Bubba's sure-footed skill on the stump, his roguish ability to disarm critics, his manipulation of language to step out of the way of incoming bullets, bombs and nuclear missiles. He has survival skills that other politicians can only envy and that Hillary has never shown she has a gift for.

Miss Hillary sat down the other day with Diane Sawyer, ordinarily an interviewer eager to save liberals from themselves, for a send-off on her $8 million book tour. Miss Sawyer, the onetime beauty queen from Kentucky, asked a pertinent question of the sort that Miss Hillary didn't expect from a media princess of the Sisterhood:

"Is there anything you personally should have been doing to make it safer in Benghazi?" "Well," Miss Hillary replied, "what I did was give very direct instructions that the people who have the expertise and experience in security - "

Miss Sawyer, emboldened by her impertinence, cut her off. "But, personally you - "

The onetime first lady and fulltime presidential wannabe had none of the wolfish Clinton charm that Bubba would have spread on as thick as honey mustard on a roast-beef sandwich. She could offer only a hint of sarcasm, mustard with a touch of horseradish. Not as deadly as a thrown lamp, perhaps, but cheeky nonetheless.

"Well," she said, "that is personal, Dianne. I mean, I am not - I'm not equipped to sit and look at blueprints to determine where the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be. That's why we hire people who have that expertise." (So take that, missy.)

Miss Sawyer applied a little unexpected horseradish of her own: "I wonder if people are looking for a sentence that begins from you, 'I should have, I should have.'"

People who expect that, as Diane Sawyer well knew, haven't been paying attention to Hillary Clinton in either this century or the last. Hillary neither apologizes nor explains. Royalty, despite an exile to Arkansas, never learns, as most people do, to apologize or explain.

Nevertheless, this exchange tells a lot about the kind of president we could expect from Hillary. If she can't be bothered with the details of what happened to one of her ambassadors and three of his aides, and who was responsible for leaving them twisting slowly, slowly in the smoke and wind, with help that was never summoned though only an hour away, no one would be surprised if she wouldn't answer a ringing White House telephone at 3 o'clock in the morning. She still thinks she doesn't have to account for her sins and shortcomings. "What difference, at this point, does it make?"



Bubba could make a credible pretense of feeling the pain of everybody else, unlikely as it really was. Hillary, like her onetime boss Barack Obama, pretends to worry a lot about "income equality," and to prove it spins a piteous story about how she and Bubba struggled in poverty, "dead broke," in the awful years after they left the White House. "We had to pay off all our debts, which was, you know, he had to make double the money because of obviously taxes and then pay off debts and get us a house and take care of family members." (Imagine, having to pay taxes and mortgages and take care of "family members.")

Such abject poverty was enough to send Hillary back to selling Bubba's lightly used underwear to Goodwill again. There were all those lawyers who defended ol' Bubba against uppity and ungrateful women. They wanted to collect their fees while the getting was still good.

If you're a Clinton it's not easy to play believable poor mouth. She has earned $5 million in speaking fees since she left the State Department, and got another $8 million in advance for her new book. Together she and Bubba have scooped up $109 million over the past seven years. They're entitled, but you might think she would show a little perspective.

She didn't have a good answer when Diane Sawyer asked whether she thinks Americans will understand why she gets "five times the median income in this country for one speech." She was only thinking of others, of course, as a Clinton always does. "I thought making speeches for money was a much better thing than getting connected with any one group or company, as so many people who leave public life do."

Scott Fitzgerald would understand. The rich are very different from you and me. Bubba would have knocked that one out of the park.

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