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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 Oct. 8, 2013/ 4 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

Rangers vs. the walker brigade

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The commander in chief and Harry Reid, his faithful dog-robber in the U.S. Senate, have assigned the rangers of the National Park Service the most dangerous mission of the government shutdown. They're the nation's shock troops and they're already up for medals.

Barack Obama will invite them to the Rose Garden any day now, or if not the Rose Garden, to the back nine at Congressional Country Club. Ribbons and decorations are waiting.

The rangers are following the example of Darby's Rangers, who were heroes of the Italian campaign in World War II. They were faithful, resourceful, and as tough as hickory. Just like their namesake, William O. Darby, the original ranger, who was killed two days before the Germans surrendered Italy. It took the direct hit of an artillery shell to get him.

A chest full of medals, including the Silver Star, accompanied his remains back to Arkansas, and the Army Rangers are his legacy today. Darby won the Distinguished Service Cross at Arzew in North Africa in 1942 for striking "with complete surprise at dawn in the rear of a strongly fortified enemy position . . . capturing prisoners and destroying a battery of self-propelled artillery."

Inspired by such heroics, the rangers of the National Park Service struck in similar dramatic fashion at the Battle of the Mall, when, in the face of a determined assault by 80-year-olds trained in World War II, the Park Service rangers, with total disregard of their own safety, held off a determined mechanized cavalry charge against "a solid phalanx of orange traffic cones and yellow Do Not Cross tape blocking access to the World War II Memorial." Before retreating, Park Rangers delayed the advance of wheelchairs and the famous walker brigade, which attacked in company strength supported by troops advancing on walking canes and armed with oxygen canisters.

This was Medal of Honor stuff, as measured by this White House. Vice President Joe Biden himself cited one ranger the next day for duty above and beyond the call of duty. It was a big week for ranger heroics in other places. On the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia the rangers, in disregard of their own safety, blocked access to the parking lot of a privately owned inn, whose owner, in wanton defiance of law, order and public decency, vowed to keep his inn open for business.

More than a thousand miles to the south, the Park Service dispatched a combat flotilla to close Florida Bay to fishing traffic, 1,800 square miles of open sea between the southern tip of the Florida mainland and the Florida Keys. No more fishing in the sea until President Obama makes the House capitulate. Not since King Canute ordered the waves to cease and desist breaking on his land eleven centuries ago has a commander in chief ordered the ocean to behave. Not even Bill Darby and his rangers would have attempted to execute such an order.

The president, with the might of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps at his command, chose his shock troops well. "The National Park service has a long history of dramatizing budget issues by inconveniencing the public," Gale Norton, who was the secretary of the Interior and the boss of the National Park Service for President George W. Bush, told Andrew Stiles of National Review Online. "They often choose the most dramatic type of action in order to get their message across. It's something I had to guard against when I was secretary - not letting them play budget games."

Given the fact that they have closed so much and acted so broadly, she says of the current games in Washington, "I imagine that the decision was made at the highest levels of Park Service leadership, in co-operation with . . . the White House."

No doubt. Some of the Park Service Rangers, like the ranger who told me last week that "we've been told to make life as difficult for people as we can," are as disgusted with the mindlessness of the shutdown as everyone else. The rangers the public meets are invariably courteous, polite and eager to be helpful. They're not responsible for the misuse of the service. That decision is made in the Oval Office.

'We are winning," a senior administration official tells the Washington Examiner. "It doesn't really matter to us how long the shutdown lasts." For now, maybe. But if Washington teaches anyone anything, it's that nothing recedes like success.

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