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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 July 18, 2014 / 20 Tammuz, 5774

The president finds his legacy

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | That noisy flutter above the rooftops is the sound of chickens coming home, trying to find a place on the crowded Democratic roost.

Chaos on the border grows noisier, with a backlash in unexpected places: The governor of Connecticut, a Democrat and a fully credentialed liberal, tells President Obama to keep his children's crusade out of liberal, nice, compassionate Connecticut. The ambitious governor of Maryland tells the president, his great friend, that enough is enough, he agrees it's sad what's happening with the children, but the solution is not in his backyard.

Hundreds or rallies are scheduled across the nation this weekend. William Gheen, president of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, one of the 11 sponsoring organizations, says he expects more than 300 rallies of various sizes at state capitols, Mexican consulates, drop-off points for illegal immigrants, overpasses and highway intersections that lend themselves to public displays of indignation and outrage.

Even Hillary Clinton, chastened by the imploding liberal verities, is talking tough enough to sound a lot like a Tea Party Democrat. She says "the children should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are." This is the infamous "clinton clause" that Bubba always made sure to attach to big talk, giving him a loophole to render meaningless whatever became inconvenient later.

Hillary is trying to sound firm and resolute, even if the record says she rarely acts either firm or resolute. "We have to send a clear message," she told CNN not long ago. "'Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn't mean the child gets to stay.' So we don't want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey."

Some Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi, are foolishly doubling down on what got them in trouble with America in the first place. Mzz Pelosi says she had rather pass amnesty for the illegals than become the speaker of the House again, which is easy for her to say since she's not likely to be the speaker again, anyway. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia offers his idea of an inspiring inscription he might add to the Statue of Liberty: "We are all connected . . . This is America. Our doors are open." (Emma Lazarus was a better poet.)


Other Democrats, like the president, see the chaos on the border as an opportunity too good to waste. They want not only amnesty but spending $3.7 billion for a bigger bureaucracy to deal with the chaos. Two California congressmen think the solution demands more lawyers. One of them says "every" illegal immigrant child — 57,000 have arrived since last October and another $150,000 are expected next year — should have a lawyer. This will guarantee full employment for lawyers, but it's not likely to win friends for the politicians.

And some Democrats are eager to deal with the chaos with denial. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the whip of the Democratic minority in the House, insists there's "extensive border security" already, and Harry Reid, the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, says "the border is secure." Poor Harry's grip on reality slips a little bit more every day.

Nobody has the perfect solution to the immigration bomb, or even a solution at all. The Europeans have a similar crisis, too. Everybody in the Southern Hemisphere wants to come to the Northern Hemisphere. Life in many places is nasty, brutish and short, and the gringos must fix it because nobody else can. (Maybe colonialism wasn't all bad.)

President Juan Hernandez of Honduras, the source of the grief on the border, says "one has to recognize that our countries can't do it alone." His foreign minister, Mireya Aguero, wants the United States to forget about the border and just send money to Central America. "It's much more practical for the United States to launch a mini-Marshall Plan, as they did after World War II," he says, "to create opportunities and really get to the root of the problem in Central American countries that is fueling migration."

This is the kind of solution the president and the Democrats yearn to embrace, to throw money and hope that some of it gets through the bureaucracy and reaches the problem. But the business at hand is the invasion that President Obama, whether by design or by stunning incompetence, invited to ford the Rio Grande.

Mr. Obama wanted a legacy, and he's got one. It's just now dawning on the Democratic politicians that they're stuck with the check, and it's a whopper.

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