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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 4, 2011 / 7 Tishrei, 5772

A flavor turns flat and sour

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The trouble with a Flavor of the Week is that, like chewing gum left overnight on the bedpost, it doesn't last very long. Rick Perry, who not so long ago was going to be the reincarnation of Ronald Reagan, could tell you about that.

The governor of Texas is still the favorite whipping boy (whipping dude?) of the punditocracy, which is thin consolation for him. The Washington Post and the New York Times discovered that the governor's father once leased a Texas hunting camp once called "Niggerhead" and used it for hunting parties (with real guns!). And then the governor himself entertain there. The elder Perry painted over the offensive name on a big rock at the entrance to the camp, but not quickly enough to please Mr. Perry's critics. Or the paint was a flat white instead of a high gloss white, or it was brushed on not sprayed on. Or something. It's not quite clear what the Perry offense actually was. But the governor did something wrong. The Post and the New York Times are sure of that.

This week's flavor is Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, who may or may not be conservative enough to please some Republicans but who is certainly "stout" enough (the polite way of saying "fat" enough) to attract the needles of late-night comics and columnists and bloggers, many of whom keep their own fat firmly between their ears. David Letterman speculates that a President Christie would more likely linger in the Oval Office with Sara Lee or Betty Crocker than with a White House intern. (Mzz Crocker is getting a little too long in the tooth to catch the eye even of a middle-aged fat governor from New Jersey, even if he looks more like an exile from the cast of a mob movie than a president.)

If Mr. Christie is the flavor that wouldn't last, next up may be Herman Cain, the onetime pizza man from Philadelphia. Dan Henninger, the deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, argues that Mr. Cain's business acumen makes him a plausible alternative to anyone on the original menu of Republican presidential candidates. Unlike Barack Obama, "Herman Cain has at least twice identified the causes of a large failing enterprise, designed goals, achieved them all and by all accounts inspired the people he was supposed to lead."

The failing enterprises were a group of Burger Kings in Philadelphia and Godfather's Pizza everywhere. He rescued them with something more than merely re-engineering the tomatoes, pickles, sausage and pepperoni. Once Mr. Cain won a couple of straw polls in the wake of a good performance at the latest debate by the Republican candidates, he qualified as a Flavor of the Week.

Intangibles count for a lot, particularly in the early going of a new presidential campaign. Columnist Michael Barone thinks Mr. Cain has two intangibles worth as much as his business success and his scheme to simplify taxes. One is "likability" and the other is race. Race is our national obsession, and Mr. Cain can match President Obama and then some. He's a two-fer, both black and conservative. "All this speculation may be getting ahead of the facts," Mr. Barone concedes. "Cain still has significant liabilities as a candidate and could make a disqualifying mistake at any time. But he's beginning to look like a contender."

Mr. Cain is already beginning to act like one, too, taking sharp jabs at two previous favorite flavors. Citing positions on immigration, guns, civil marital unions and global warming, he says Chris Christie is too liberal to run as a Republican. "Most of the conservatives believe we should enforce our borders. They do not believe people should be here without documentation. They don't believe that global warming is a threat. . . . And as you go right down the line, he's going to turn off a lot of conservatives with those positions." He took a shot at Rick Perry, as being slow with the paint brush on that rock at the hunting camp in West Texas. "There isn't a more vile, negative word than the n-word," he said. Nobody's arguing with that, and Rick Perry, who has appointed many blacks to key posts in his administration, including the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, least of all. We all agree that the n-word is a bad word.

Flavors of the Week usually learn the hard way that speak-first, think-later is a route to ruin. Presidential politics is a hard game. Dirty tricks abound. Nobody gets a do-over. Be careful, guys.

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