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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 July 13, 2012/ 23 Tamuz, 5772

There's no time for grown-ups

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Campaign politics is all about pandering. You can't expect a candidate to show up to talk anything but drivel when his survival is on the line.

But not always. Mitt Romney showed up this week in Houston to speak to the annual convention of the National Association of Colored People. Some people thought he was brave, others that he was merely foolish, and was wasting his time.

The stage was set for a Republican calamity. Earlier in the week, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder delivered a race-baiting speech that would have done a Demoractic pol in the Old South proud. He put the crowd surging into the aisles, howling their appreciation. He defended the Justice Department efforts to block laws in more than 30 states to require voters to show some sort of identification before getting a ballot. "The arc of American history has always moved toward expanding the electorate. It is what has made this nation exceptional." More rafter-raising cheers from the delegates (who were required, by the way, to show ID to get into the hall).

The attorney general likened voter-identification requirements, enacted to prevent unqualified voters from stuffing ballot boxes with illegal votes, to the Jim Crow-era requirement in most Southern states to pay a poll tax (usually a dollar) to cast a ballot. Mr. Holder, a lawyer, was clearly basing his comparison on hearsay evidence. Voter-ID is required in many states a long way from Dixie, and it's nothing like a poll tax.

The usual forms of identification — a driver's license, an employer's identification — is all that is required in states with voter-ID laws, and, as in Texas, where the Justice Department is at the moment in court attacking the requirement, the states provide, free, an identification card. If the right to vote is, as the attorney general says, a citizen's "most precious right," it ought to be precious enough to take the trouble to get free and proper identification. Anyone who wants to drive a car, cash a check or buy a bottle of beer has to be prepared to go to such trouble. .

Mitt Romney obviously knew he wouldn't raise the rafters with anything approximating cheers, but showed up, anyway, to do what politicians, editorial writers and civics teachers say we all should do — address respectful arguments to those who disagree with us. Didn't someone say that's the American way? He paid the crowd the compliment of addressing them as grown-ups in a speech that was direct, assertive and dispassionate. He told them that he, not Barack Obama, was really the one they have been waiting for. .

"If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him." No cheers, but when the scattered booing subsided, he said: "You take a look." .

He repeated his promise to repeal Obamacare, citing its threat to the economy and taking note of the 14 percent black unemployment rate, using the shorthand nearly everyone uses to describe the Affordable Care Act. He appeared surprised by some of the boos that rained down on him. He would learn later, from pundits, bloggers and other busybodies on the left, that the term "Obamacare" is racist. No one explained how and why that could be. .

Right on cue, Nancy Pelosi, fresh from Barney Frank's wedding reception where she scandalized the guests by dancing with . . . a man, accused Mitt Romney of arranging the derision and contempt he got in Houston. "I think it was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention." .

Others in the media chorus quickly picked up the theme. Lawrence O'Donnell of cable-channel MSNBC called the Romney speech part of a "Southern strategy" to appeal to "racial and racist voting." One of the O'Donnell guests accused Mr. Romney of being "culturally ignorant" for describing a black colleague as having served in his "kitchen cabinet," or inner circle of advisers, when he was the governor of Massachusetts. "To talk about being in the kitchen and not talk about an African-American actually being in your cabinet is really not a good metaphor to use with African-Americans." .

Vice President Joe Biden, who once boasted to a Virginia audience that Delaware was a slave state, too, arrived just before closing time in Houston, and, as if auditioning for a post-Obama job as a stand-up comic, told a packed house of delegates successfully disguised as empty seats that all their fears would come true if they didn't vote for Barack Obama. .

The president campaigned in 2008 as the post-racial candidate. But that was a long, long time ago.

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