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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 Nov. 10, 2012/ 24 Tishrei, 5773

No weenies expected Thursday night

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Joe Biden was a bit of a weenie in high school, but the star halfback got the girls, as halfbacks nearly always do. Paul Ryan was a high-school nerd but he got to drive the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.

Both men have moved on since then, though few of us outlive high school, and Thursday night they collide in a crucial debate at tiny Centre College in Kentucky.

Nobody actually votes for a vice president, but this time the veep debate is crucial. If Ryan "wins", he'll keep up the undeniable momentum of the Romney campaign. The veep is counted on by Barack Obama to apply the brakes to Mitt Romney's wagon before everything gets out of hand.

The president himself went to Hollywood on Sunday night to collect Tinseltown swag and to reassure the glitteries — the actors, producers, rock "musicians" and other celebrated whang-doodlers who imagine themselves keen students of statecraft. He told them he's not a "professional" like they are — Hollywood ranks a president somewhere below a guitar-plucker — and the glitteries should cut the messiah a little slack. Everybody has the occasional bad night.

Joe Biden has been called in for six days of uninterrupted all-nighters to prepare for Paul Ryan. Joe, who barely made the top 600 of his class at the University of Delaware, was nevertheless famous as an undergraduate "crammer." But it's not what good ol' Joe will remember to say, but what he can remember not to say. Will he boast that President Obama and the Democrats have a trillion-dollar tax increase coming (as he did the other day in Iowa)? Will he concede again that the middle class has been "buried" for these past four years (as he did the other day somewhere else)?

Like the Wall Street banks the president says are too big to fail, good ol' Joe is too big to muzzle. He's the gaffe-meister of Washington, always good for a laugh. But everybody likes good ol' Joe, always the life of the (Democratic) party. He's likely to be his charming self at CentreCollege. Paul Ryan is the smart one, and knows to beware.

Centre College is the place made for exceeding expectations. The small Presbyterian school in the middle, or "centre," of Kentucky has produced two Supreme Court justices (one of them a chief justice), 11 governors, 13 U.S.senators, 43 U.S. representatives and 10 presiding moderators of the Presbyterian Church. Woodrow Wilson once told smug Princeton alumni that "there's a little college down in Kentucky which in 60 years has graduated more men who have acquired prominence and fame than has Princetonin her 150 years."

But Centre's most endearing claim to fame was registered by its football team. In the years just after World War I, fair Harvard, as impossible as it may be to believe, was the presiding colossus of the gridiron, the combined Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma of its day, only occasionally scored on and almost never defeated. This was when "student-athletes" were actually students. Having not been beaten in two years, in 1921 Harvard invited tiny Centre, enrollment 264, to Cambridge as a cupcake for the Crimson to feast on as it lightly practiced for a showdown with Princeton.

After a locker-room prayer — they're called "the Praying Colonels" to this day — the team played Harvard to a scoreless tie at half-time. Then, early in the third quarter, quarterback Alvin 'Bo' McMillan, who would become a successful NFL coach, ran to his right, faked a pass, darted left and raced down the sidelines for 32 yards, taking two Harvard defenders with him across the goal line. The Colonels then held off the Crimson for a 6-0 victory, which would be remembered later as "the greatest upset of the century." To prove it was not fluke, two years later the Colonels defeated Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama andGeorgia on consecutive Saturdays.

That should be inspiration enough for both men. Mr. Ryan needs no six-day stuffing exercise to remember enough to hold his own. Nobody knows the numbers like he does; like the late Wilbur Mills, he takes the U.S. budget with him for bedside reading. He can over-do the numbers in the way good ol' Joe can over-do the gaffes, but both should be at the top of their games. Both men are devout Roman Catholics, and like the Colonels, they know when and how to pray in tight spots. This could be fun.

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