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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. 18, 2013/ 14 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

And now the blame game

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The blame game begins and the usual suspects are shooting into their own ranks. If you think you can't hit your own feet, you aim at the toes of someone else.

The Democrats have put their nasties on hold, better to celebrate their victory. Only yesterday the Democrats in Congress were elbowing each other away from the microphones to see whose fangs could squirt the most poisonous venom. Barbara Boxer called the Republicans "domestic abusers." Nancy Pelosi, having misplaced her meds, shouted "anarchist" and "bombthrowers" and "hijackers" at the likes of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

Harry Reid said the Republicans were guilty of "economic treason," whatever that is. He had to add the modifier lest he be called as a witness if Ted Cruz is to now be put on trial for his life, "treason" being a serious crime. Now the Democrats are laying sloppy wet kisses on John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. They'll learn later that love you pay for is expensive at any price.

John McCain, who has never recovered from the memory of how nice the boys on the bus treated him when he was trying to take down George W. in his first race for the White House. He has been trying to recover the love since, like a man trying to rekindle the romance with an ex-wife. He couldn't wait to say "I told you so."

He told CNN that the public has been so traumatized by the Republican mischief that "we may still have some gridlock, maybe we'll have continuing resolutions, [but] we're not going to shut down the government again. I guarantee it." Lindsey Graham, his reliable echo, is thought to be still working on his own gloat.



Recriminations are what congressmen do best, and the inspection of the entrails in the wake of the vote will go on for days and weeks, but the real fun will be discovering all the bribes and grease in the Senate bill, adopted by the House. At first glance it looks like the usual Christmas tree for congressmen, served with more than a little sugar to make Dr. Obama's medicine go down. But why not? It's not their money, after all. Sen. McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, got $3 billion for a dam in Kentucky. This is supposed to make Mr. McConnell stand a little taller in the bluegrass, where his re-election campaign is sputtering toward a stall.

They're calling the contribution to the McConnell campaign the "Kentucky kickback," recalling the infamous "Cornhusker kickback" that Barack Obama used to persuade Ben Nelson to give him the needed 60th vote to get Obamacare through the Senate in 2010. That promise turned out to be the gift of an Indian-giver. The president took back the Cornhusker kickback, and Ben Nelson went home to husk corn. The Democrats demonstrated they have a heart for their own needy, too, appropriating $174,000 to the widow of the late Frank Lautenberg, who was one of the richest men in the Senate. Money, like time, just slips away, even from a widow woman.

The Republican establishment wants to make Ted Cruz and the Tea Party the villains of the piece, but there's blame for everybody. The Republican establishment is made up of experienced klutzes. Mr. Cruz and the Tea Party would never have got to Washington if John McCain and the Republican congressmen like him had remembered why they were sent to Washington, and had not given in to the sins and seductions that tempt the best among us. The Republicans have a long history of taking satisfaction in living the good life of the minority in the shadows of the Capitol. Occasionally someone comes to Congress and wants to do more than pay obeisance to the clichés and this rattles the chains.

The Tea Party, like Barack Obama, will still be here after the corpses have been cleared from the battlefield. The Tea Party has made a difference but it still hasn't learned how to make Washington work. The party's soldiers, however, are likely to be quick studies. A law professor at Yale, Dan Kahan, conducted a study of 2,000 voters and learned that the Tea Partiers were better versed in science - how and why things work - than most. He was stunned. He expected to find them the hayseeds the mainstream media keeps telling us they are.

"I don't know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party," the professor says. "All my impressions come from watching cable-TV, and I don't watch Fox News very often, and from reading the New York Times, plus a variety of politics-focused Internet sites like Huffington Post and Politico. I'm a little embarrassed, but mainly, I'm just glad that I no longer hold that particular mistaken view." Another intellectual who ain't so dumb.

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