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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 Sept. 6, 2011 / 7 Elul, 5771

Seeking a slogan to satisfy Stupid

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Bill Clinton was elected president on a simple slogan: "It's the economy, Stupid." The message was posted on the wall in the campaign headquarters in Little Rock. No one was allowed to be stupid enough to question or forget what the campaign was about. The rest is history.

Barack Obama and his wise men are still casting about for a winning theme for 2012. The best anyone has come up with is, "It's NOT about the economy, Stupid."

But who would buy that?

So to win, the Democrats must paint those who disagree with the president as racists. This worked in '08. Eager to demonstrate how far the nation had come from the bad old days of separate but equal, of fire hoses, snarling police dogs and church bombings, millions of Americans embraced Barack Obama and the opportunity to install a black man in the White House. Never before had a nation so turned itself inside out to make amends to an abused minority, and how better for Americans to celebrate reform and redemption than to elect a black president. The accompanying message, made loud and clear by implication and plain speech, was that a vote for anyone but Barack Obama was a vote for bigotry. The "community activist" who had served only an undistinguished half of a Senate term was a candidate of no particular qualification, but no one was allowed to say so.

Al Gore, the grown-up little boy still crying "wolf," has extended the accusation to global warming, the evil greater than all others. One day, Al says, skeptics of global warming "science" will be regarded in the way nice people regard unrepentant racists today. Al even remembers himself as a civil-rights hero; Martin Luther King hogged some of the glory that rightly belongs to Al.

"There came a time when friends or people you work with, or people you were in clubs with . . . when racist comments would come up in the conversation and in years past they were just natural," Al recalled the other day to an interviewer for something called UStream. "Then there came a time when people [like Al] would say, 'hey, man, why do you talk that way? I mean that is wrong. I don't go for that so don't talk that way around me. I just don't believe that.' That happened in millions of conversations and slowly the conversation was won. We have to win the conversation on climate."

Heroic stuff for sure, but you have to wonder how Al found time to win millions of conversations with his racist pals while thinking about one day inventing the Internet.

Wit like Al's is where you find it, of course, and when a gaggle of professors gathers there's so much humor, nimble banter, scintillation, clever repartee, and intellectual horseplay hanging in the air with insights and perceptions that the descent into buffoonery is inevitable. The American Political Science Association gathered in Seattle over the weekend and you could have papered a barn with the learned conclusion that in every Tea Party voter there's a racist struggling to escape.

The professors have been writing about an 11-month-old voter survey, The Washington Times' Steve Dinan reported, and they showed up to read learned papers no one else would. One professor at the University of California at San Diego conceded there's nothing "intrinsically racist" about opposing liberal schemes like global warming or ObamaCare, but he said the Tea Party movement nevertheless appeals mostly to racists. A professor at Emory University says such Republicans, who are likely to be older, wealthier and evangelical Christians, think blacks could overcome prejudice if they would only work harder in the example of Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants. Tea Party voters, the professor concludes in what he calls a "multivariate analysis," display "racial resentment." They hold "negative opinions" about President Obama. (Who but a racist would do that?)

A graduate student at UCLA observed that Tea Party voters think capitalism is a good idea and that explains why, as hard to believe as it may be, such voters think success is the reward of hard work.

Tempting as it is when hope flees and all the omens are dark and drear, the president and his party should be wary of taking comfort and inspiration in the work of professors who mistake the opinion of their peers for the opinion of the public. One professor of "variables" even concluded that "we failed to find any systematic evidence that the Tea Party was responsible for the Republican success in 2010." Such political acumen and insight explains only why the professor is a professor.

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