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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 20, 2014 / 22 Sivan, 5774

The shame of the Indian givers

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | Some Americans truly have no shame. The elites, nonpartisan but mostly Democrats, are encouraging hell on the border to force immigration "reform." This is painful for the children but tolerable as long as it doesn't inconvenience the elites. The photographs of children sleeping on the floor at shelters in Arizona and Texas would break Harry Reid's heart if he had one. The children are there at the not so subtle invitation of Barack Obama.

The latest use of what Kipling called "the lesser breeds without the law," as the elites regard them, is the phony outrage over calling the Washington Redskins the "Redskins."

Congress could get to work on actual immigration reform early tomorrow morning if President Obama, abetted by Mr. Reid and his lockstep Democrats, would compromise with Republicans on the crucial particulars of what to do about the tsunami of Hispanics washing over the border. In the Democratic playbook, amnesty, the third in a quarter of a century, is the only way to quiet the border.

Like so much in Washington that passes for the leadership to solve actual problems, the noise over the Redskins is about keeping a pot boiling. Pots on the boil can bring in lots of campaign wampum. Poll after poll shows that nobody but a few American Indian activists are offended by the name "Redskins."

(The Indian activists are moving away from the term "Native Americans" because it accurately describes everybody, red, white or black or shades between, who was born here, and sharing outrage is wasteful.)

The term "Redskins" originated with the Indians. Indeed, Oklahoma, the state where the wind comes sweeping down the plain, draws its name from the Choctaw words "okla" and "humma," meaning "red people." Hardly different from "redskins." Adopting "okla humma" as the name of the new state was clearly meant to honor red people, not disparage them, and in fact the names of most of the states, like American place names everywhere, are Indian in origin. But if the Washington football club must become 'Skins of indeterminate shade, surely Oklahoma must get a new name, perhaps "West Arkansas."

If the elites actually want to do something for the American Indians — or "red Indians," as our British cousins call them, to distinguish them from the original Indians of Asia, who come in various dusky shades — there's plenty to do, and plenty of red Indians to do it with. The U.S. Government recognizes 5.6 million red Indians among us, in 566 separate tribes in 35 states.

They suffer a poverty rate of nearly 24 percent. Many are alcoholics, and suffer rates of cirrhosis of the liver 368 percent higher than other Americans, diabetes 177 percent higher, and suicide 65 percent higher. In Alaska, young men, many of them Aleuts, are 9 times as likely to kill themselves than all American young men, and native Alaskan women are 19 times more likely to die by suicide.

Actually doing something useful to help the descendants of the people who got here before the rest of us is not as likely to make the papers or the television news as a parade of phony outrage. No one has a greater talent than the elites for driving out the real and the important with trivia and piddling.

Harry Reid, who sounds as if he is no longer altogether responsible for some of the things he says, affects to be acute and sensitive to the slings and slights aimed at the poor, downtrodden and insulted. He got 50 members of the Senate to sign a letter, addressed to the National Football League, demanding the Redskins change their name.

But he's the Democratic majority leader who praised Barack Obama for his "light" skin and his lack of "Negro dialect, unless he wants to have one." Poor Harry. He's afflicted with a mouth considerably bigger than his brain.

The National Annenberg Election Survey once asked 768 voters who identified themselves as Indians whether they regarded "Redskins" as offensive, and 90 percent said no. A poll by Public Policy Polling similarly found that only 18 percent said the name should be changed.

But that's hardly front-page news, or grist for self-righteous pundits and columnists trying to escape the sports page, where they have to feign interest in the World Cup. Such poll findings have no power to get Harry off the sofa or tempt the elites to pose with their piety showing. The Indians would no doubt welcome attention from the elites paid to the diseases and neglect killing their young.

But a gift from the elites is easily taken back when it becomes inconvenient.

The elites are only Indian givers, after all.

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