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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 July 13, 2010 / 27 Tamuz 5770

Borrow your convictions and slather with butter

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Politicians are not often burdened with convictions. They can always borrow some when survival is at stake. Each party has an archive of convictions that have worked in the past, and a governor or a senator in trouble can always get a little help from temps.

Temporary convictions are available online, and a governor, senator, mayor or even an alderman need only to dial in to party headquarters to download a useful dump, pretested by the pollsters.

Panic in election years is an occupational hazard for politicians. The Obama administration, for example, is suing Arizona for its sheer effrontery of trying to do what the federal government has a responsibility to do but won't. The Arizona law makes it a crime to be an illegal alien in the state, enabling police officers to ask someone they stop for speeding or running a stop sign for proof of his immigration status if there's a "reasonable suspicion" of violation of federal immigration law.

This sounds like common sense, but Arizona terrifies Democrats. Some Democratic governors want the president to put a leash on Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who appears to be determined to inflict as much damage as he can while he's still standing upright. If the Democrats take a drubbing in the November congressional elections, as now appears likely, he'll be No. 1 on the president's little list for inevitable Cabinet beheadings. Mr. Holder even talks of filing a second lawsuit to prevent "profiling," though it's the illegal aliens themselves who are responsible for their profiles.

The nation's governors met in Boston last week, and nearly all of the Democrats spent the hours crying in their Samuel Adams lager, and Phil Bredesen of Tennessee sounds as if he downloaded a temporary conviction or two. The November elections will be tight in Tennessee, he told the New York Times, and frightened Democratic candidates are "disavowing" the president's litigation against Arizona. But the governor wants only to briefly borrow the convictions, to be returned later when taxpayer tantrums subside. "Maybe you ["disavow"] when you're strong," he says, "and not when there's an election looming out there."

Bill Ritter, the Democratic governor of Colorado, feels the hot breath of the Tea Party dragon. He wants Mr. Holder to hold off suing until Arizona starts trying to enforce the law, because maybe it can't. "I just think that law enforcement officers are going to have a terribly difficult time applying this law in a constitutional way." A policeman's lot is not a happy one, as Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Sullivan reminded us.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana, another Democrat, yearns for Congress to do something to turn down the heat so the governors can get back to issuing proclamations for Prostate Health Month, posing with beauty queens and dealing with other gubernatorial responsibilities. "There are 535 members of Congress," he says, "and certainly somebody back there can chew gum and hold a basketball at the same time." This was unkind to President Obama, a dedicated hoops shooter.

Several of the other governors, including Republicans, are pouting that they wouldn't have to talk about immigration if their constituents would just shut up. The Tennessee governor says the governors prefer to talk about jobs — everybody likes jobs — "but all of a sudden, we have immigration going on." All of a sudden? Have all the newspapers disappeared in Tennessee? Doesn't anybody ever tell a governor anything?

Solving the immigration dilemma won't be easy because both Democrats and Republicans have compelling reasons to leave illegal immigration chaos alone. Democrats relish the idea that most Hispanic immigrants will vote Democratic when they can get them "legalized," and Republicans understand that employers of illegal aliens want a steady supply of easily abused cheap labor. Why should anybody change anything?

This attitude makes sense in Washington, but it drives a lot of people in the flyover states to rage, recriminations and strong drink, as in, orange pekoe, Earl Grey or even wild berry zinger herbal. The rage in turn can make a Christian of a politician who has never before needed heart-felt convictions about immigration. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, once given to lecturing on the romance of the flexible border and now a defender of the Arizona faith, is exhibit No. 1.

Democrats will defend 19 governorships in November, and if Republicans pick up a considerable number of them it will be bad news for Barack Obama and the Democrats looking toward 2012. Political convictions, borrowed or not, are like biscuits. You should take two and butter ‘em while they’re hot.

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