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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 August 1, 2014 / 5 Menachem-Av, 5774

Cooling the manufactured impeachment panic

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | Manufacturing a crisis is what pundits and politicians do best, and the media mills are running three shifts daily now to manufacture panic over what the Democrats want the public to think is the impending impeachment of President Obama.

This might frighten the horses and scare the women in flyover country, but it's all fun and games in Washington, with the game recognized by Democrat and Republican for the scam it is. But the purveyors of the scam are determined to turn a profit with it. Sometimes scams succeed. This could be the opportunity to learn a little about impeachment.

John A. Boehner, the speaker of the House, dismisses the impeachment talk for a fundraising gimmick to squeeze contributions to Democratic congressional candidates who would be a bulwark against the threat of removing Mr. Obama from his office. Not a single member of Congress actually believes, or would privately admit to believing, that the chance of that succeeding rises from zero to as high as none. But the Democrats think they can make the threat believable, which only illustrates what they think of Dubuque and Peoria.

"All of a sudden," says columnist Rich Lowry in The Politico, "Democrats are acting as if it is February 1868 or December 1998 all over again, and the president is on the verge of losing an impeachment vote in the House." Andrew Johnson, a Republican from Tennessee, survived in that distant '68. So did Bill Clinton, the sometimes endearing rogue from Arkansas, in '98. And so would Barack Obama, the messiah from Illinois, if the Republicans put impeachment to a vote now in the House.

Beyond the manufactured panic over the actual prospects of an impeachment vote, there's an interesting argument over whether Mr. Obama has actually committed a "high crime" or a high "misdemeanor" worthy of impeachment. The law professors can argue it either way, and ordinarily these are arguments confined to classrooms, like an Ebola virus confined to a high-security laboratory. But now that anyone with a laptop can aspire to high-decibel punditry, such arguments escape into the bawdy modern media where facts and "factoids" have equal currency.

The framers of the Constitution deliberately left the definition of a high crime and a high misdemeanor vague and open to endless interpretation. They thought they were writing a Constitution for the sons and daughters of generations of refined Englishmen, after all, who would regard public affairs as the preserve of gentlemen not given to flights of anger and resentment. They never imagined a president as a man not like themselves. Seducing an intern into a handy pantry for hanky-panky and lying under oath about it was unimaginable. Such behavior was something to discuss after dinner and cigars, after the ladies had been dismissed to the safety of the parlor. Bubba would have been out in Pennsylvania Avenue, holding a senator's horse.

But a president with the brazen boldness to dismiss the duly enacted laws of Congress as mere trivia of inconvenience was beyond the imagination of the framers, too. They would have thought Mr. Obama's profession of respect for the Constitution was so obvious as to be unremarkable, as when he told impatient Hispanic journalists three years ago: "I just have to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce." Said the president on another occasion: "We are a nation of laws."

So were we all taught in a day now fleeing into history. We no longer pay either the founding document or the words in it with the respect that words once invited. When anything goes, as we are learning, everything goes. Gerald Ford once remarked that an impeachable offense was whatever Congress says it is. This was regarded as high cynicism at the time four decades ago when he said it, but it does not seem so cynical now. Barack Obama clearly regards as permissible whatever he can get away with.

Alexander Hamilton defined an impeachable offense as one that proceeds "from the misconduct of public men ... from the abuse or violation of some public trust." This seems harsh in an anything-goes culture, but it was not so once upon a different time.

Now we must regard not the facts of an impeachable offense, but the politics of dealing with it. This is why the wise and the savvy among the Republicans understand that the way to neuter this president is through politics, and the congressional elections now fast approaching, and not through deliberately vague and squishy law.

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