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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 26, 2013/ 19 Menachem-Av, 5773

When a president mails it in

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama is bored. You can see it in his demeanor and in his face, the way anticipation becomes melancholy. Most of all you can hear it in his voice when he steps up to make the speech that once sent audiences into frenzy. Now he's just mailing it in (with postage due).

Being a messiah, a rock star, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, is of course hard work. Maybe we should cut the guy a break. You can't be Mick Jagger or Kanye West every day.

The president went to Illinois this week to make a speech about the economy and jobs that the White House hyped as something to remind everyone of William Jennings Bryan ("Cross of Gold") or at least Winston Churchill ("we'll fight them in the streets, we'll fight them on the playing fields . . . "). What everyone got was a speech to put Michelle to sleep. The president himself seemed to be dozing between the words 10 minutes into the speech.

The bad news is that this was the first in what the White House calls "a new series" of speeches, and a few of the president's favorite acolytes of the press and tube were called in to get a preview of what was coming once the president and his teleprompter arrived at Knox College. He may imagine he needs new speechwriters but the speechwriters might improve with new material.

Some of the speech the college kids got sounded almost like a valedictory. He doesn't talk about George W. as much as he once did; invoking Herbert Hoover wouldn't work, either, nor would invocations of the Panic of '93 (that president, Grover Cleveland, was a Democrat). The Panic of '73 would be a possibility, but recruiting a scapegoat from two centuries back, even a Republican, would be a stretch, even with Mr. Obama's waning gifts.

So he settled for a little fiction, beginning with the ritual and familiar attack on "the 1 percent," who before he arrived in the White House were devouring all the gravy amidst "a housing bubble, credit cards and a churning financial sector." That was the not so subtle George W. reference. "Now, today, five years after the start of the Great Recession, America has fought it's way back. Together we saved the auto industry, took on a broken health care system. We invested in new American technologies to reverse our addiction to foreign oil. We doubled wind and solar power."

This was a campaign speech that was gathering dust on a shelf in the White House basement, brought out to the light for a president with nothing left to say. He could have explained why his administration has not helped in the reversing of the addiction to foreign oil, or won't approve the Keystone pipeline that would make much of the oil from the Middle East unnecessary.


His remarks consumed an hour and six minutes, longer than all his State of the Union speeches save one; it only seemed longer than all five of the previous State of the Union speeches put together. There was more comment about length than about content. Long speeches, like long sermons, are always the sign that the bloviator is stumped for something to say but doesn't know how to turn his mouth off. The sound of his voice is still sweet in his own ears.

There was the usual pie in the sky, but the whipped cream is going sour. He would "rebuild run-down neighborhoods" (like the neighborhoods he rebuilt in Detroit), he would put every 4-year-old in a kindergarten (or whatever we're calling kindergarten this year), and he would offer "a vital support system for working parents," which smells like a promise to find a government babysitter for every child, cost be darned.

Hard to believe, but Mr. Obama's second term has hardly begun. He reminded us that that he's down to the last 1,200 days of his presidency. That no doubt seems a bittersweet number to him, but merely bitter for the rest of us. In his boredom, he has divided the races in a remarkable way. A new poll from the Wall Street Journal-NBC News finds that only 52 percent of white Americans think race relations are good, against 38 percent of blacks, down from 79 percent and 63 percent of blacks. The president's irresponsible exploitation of the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin murder trial has driven those numbers down.

Playing with race in America is always irresponsible, even for a president. It's like smoking in a fireworks factory. That could be exciting, but sometimes boredom is better.

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