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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 Sept. 3, 2008 / 3 Elul 5768

Striking fear in a handful of dirt

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | " ST. PAUL — The little lady from the wild has dispatched rafts of butterflies - the big monarchs - to unsettle the tummies of Democrats. Throwing a handful of dirt at a girl and her mama didn't work the way everybody thought it would.

Sarah Palin is the match waiting to ignite a convention eager to get on fire for its own American idol, to rage against the Democrats and the pious arrogance of the insufferable media machine, whose campaign of intimidation of the convention has so far failed. The convention is still crazy about Sarah.

Barack Obama, trying to calm his crazies, is reduced to boasting that he does, too, have as much executive experience as Sarah Palin. He's weary of being told that she's a governor and he's only a senator. He reminded everyone that his campaign is bigger than Wasilla, the little Alaskan town (population 8,400) whence sprang the governor and where there's not a single marble, cardboard or plaster column, Doric or Corinthian.

"My understanding," he told CNN, "is that Governor Palin's town ... has, I think, 50 [city] employees. We've got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. Why, we have about three times that just for the month."

Wow. How can anyone say a man who has been in the U.S. Senate for three years and a state senator even before that has no executive experience? His Senate staff numbers in the dozens, and he's made lots of speeches to Lions, Kiwanis and even Rotarians. If you add it all up, he has enough executive experience to run Texarkana, the jewel of the Ark-La-Tex, or even East St. Louis. But what an odd comparison for a man who would be president of the United States to make.

Joe Biden kept his cool at a home for retired geezers in Florida, when someone, imagining himself to be Wolf Blitzer or Keith Olbermann, asked what he "really" thought about a 17-year-old girl who gets pregnant. The audience applauded lustily when he told them common decency renders such questions irrelevant to a civil campaign. "I don't know the governor," he said. "Everything I know about her, there's no reason not to respect her and believe she's qualified to be the vice president. I'm not going to make that judgment. That's for the people, for you all to make. She's a governor, that's no mean feat, and she seems to have a strong personal story."

True enough, but true heresy in the clutter and chaos of the makeshift newsrooms and cardboard sets in the media city called St. Paul. Panic reigns. Many of these worthies are hysterical at the thought that a woman who didn't have judgment enough to abort her baby when she had the opportunity, if only to show solidarity with the spirit of radical feminism, might be elected vice president of the United States. You might expect them to join the clutch of anarchists in the streets outside the arena to smash windows, slash tires and throw empties of Red Bull.

A columnist for the Baltimore Sun complains that "the Palin pick is insulting on so many levels." A "faith columnist" in The Washington Post is losing her religion over "McCain's cynical choice." A columnist in the Philadelphia Daily News predicts that if the Republicans win, we must "look for full-fledged race war." This sounds pretty scary, and pretty insulting to black Americans, as if they won't be able to contain their disappointment and will set fire to the cities in the way of a Super Bowl celebration. A "full-fledged" race war suggests weapons bigger than Molotov cocktails and AK-47s, maybe even tanks and shoulder-fired missiles with nuclear weapons held in reserve. Once the fledges are fully loosed, you never know. Rusty plowshares lying around in junkyards amongst the dogs of war might be beaten into swords.

The media panic and hysteria will only grow when Sarah Palin steps on stage at the Xcel Energy Center. She will get a reception the Gipper would have envied, as if the delegates hadn't heard a word of the advice the New York Times has been giving them. The much-derided evangelicals, who understand the difference between sin and sinner, extend the kindness, charity and understanding expected and required of Christians. The pundits, bloggers and other blabbers, with neither charity nor mercy for parents who can't raise perfect children, only vie to cast the first stone.

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