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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 22, 2010 / 10 Tamuz 5770

‘Don't you know there's a war on?’

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The only relief we can count on in the Gulf will be from the drilling crews of British Petroleum. That's something to keep in mind as the lynch mob races to find a hanging tree, armed with blind hysteria and a coil of seagrass rope.

BP drilling crews, working on the two relief wells, have drilled past the 5,000-foot mark, with another 8,000 feet to go to reach that vast pool of oil beneath the Gulf. The relief wells should intersect the runaway gusher in August. Once they do the plan is to shoot heavy drilling mud down the bore hole, then plug it with concrete.

Wendell Guidry, the drilling superintendent, says it's "anyone's guess" which of the two wells will intersect the gusher first. "The main thing is, we try to keep the guys focused. We're just treating this like any other well that we drill."

The drillers, like stoic working men everywhere, focus on the job at hand, leaving the blame game and the hysteria-mongering to the politicians and pundits who wouldn't know a drill bit from a crescent wrench. For its part the media's Gaffe Patrol is still lobbing minie balls at Rep. Joe Barton, the Republican congressman from Texas, who foolishly and clumsily tried to make the point that BP is not the only villain in the piece and the geniuses in the White House, despite the president's brave declaration of war on an oil slick, are more interested in shooting holes in the opposition than plugging a hole in the ocean floor.

The Gaffe Patrol found another target over the weekend, lollygagging off the southern coast of England. There the hapless Tony Hayward, the CEO of BP, was found watching his 52-foot yacht race other lollygaggers around the Isle of Wight.

Mr. Hayward's company is racing now to buy up all the stray lobbying and public-relations advice on K Street. Such advice is expensive though not necessarily worth it. An office boy in Shreveport or Baton Rouge could have told Mr. Hayward that leaving Louisiana for a yacht race was not a good idea. (Get away to a NASCAR race, maybe, but not a yacht race.)

President Obama, who earlier dispatched Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to ride off in three directions toward New Orleans to find someone to sue, or jail, or hang, can actually contribute something positive by keeping his bureaucrats off the backs of the drilling crews, the only people who know what they're doing. The president has plenty of partisan allies working to fuel the hysteria. Two Democratic senators, Barbara Boxer of California and Bill Nelson of Florida, urge the president to send the Navy to take over the clean-up. The Navy has bigger guns than the Coast Guard and bang away to make bigger splashes in the ocean, or some really big holes in the sand. The smoke and noise would impress the well-oiled pelicans, if nobody else.

It's clearly long past time to find somebody to shoot. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who obviously doesn't understand the situation, stubbornly declines to descend into panic. "We have offered whatever capabilities we have," he told the senators. "We don't have the kinds of equipment or particular expertise [to deal with the runaway well]."

We're just not the mature nation we used to be. Once upon a time we dealt with emergencies as if they were emergencies. The Coast Guard wouldn't have stopped an oil-sucking ship to see whether it carried adequate flashlights and fire extinguishers.

Early in World War II, the government, desperate for boats, gave Andrew Higgins a contract for 50 tank-landing boats, or "tank lighters," if he could deliver them in 16 days. When his superintendent told him the shipyard didn't have enough steel, Higgins found a supply at a Birmingham mill. But there was no freight train immediately available to take the steel to New Orleans. Higgins persuaded the Southern Railway to attach flat cars to a passenger train - the first and only time the railroad had ever done that. Once at the yard there was no room to fabricate the rush order, so Higgins "borrowed" the street that ran past the shipyard and the production line was put there, under tents, for a week. The tank lighters were delivered on time. The only neighbor who complained was a bordello madam who said "all that racket is disturbing romance." No one else dared invite the all-purpose conversation-stopping rebuke: "Don't you know there's a war on?"

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