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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 Dec. 8, 2009 / 17 Kislev 5770

Saving world from Copenhagen crackup

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Al Gore, a closet T.S. Eliot. Who knew? Harry Reid, channeler of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Who could have guessed? The heat of a globe that won't continue warming, despite all that Al can do, is getting to these guys. Are we watching a Democratic crackup?


President Obama is on his way to the Copenhagen climate summit, and once he cools down the planet, he'll stroll up to Oslo for a speech to sell his war in Afghanistan to the assembled peaceniks in Oslo.


Al has apparently given up on finding a way to stop global warming, which no harm done, since the planet is cooling all by itself. So he's off to new challenges. He won the Nobel Peace Prize with his movie, and now he's keen to win the bookend, the Nobel Prize in Literature. Don't bet against him; noodniks like Jeremiah and the messiah are always big favorites in Oslo and Stockholm.


The hallelujah media chorus here is in full throat, too. Here's a sophomore English Lit major writing in Vanity Fair (this may be satire): "Gore has unveiled a fresh and most unexpected talent: the new book ["Our Choice"] opening chapter concludes with a poem he wrote - 21 lines of verse that are equal parts beautiful, evocative and disturbing." Sample:


One thin September soon

A floating continent disappears

In midnight sun.

Vapors rise as

Fever settles on an acid sea.


The moral here is that roses are red, violets are blue/If Al can write poetry, so can you. Meanwhile, back on Capitol Hill, Sen. Reid, the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, finds Little Eva - or at least his Republican colleagues - floating off on melting ice floes on a feverish acid sea. (Don't blame me for all these clashing, clunky metaphors; once you get caught up in Al's poesy and Senate oratory, it's easy to lose control.)


The senator got wound up in his Harriet Beecher Stowe mode in an oration about bedpans and health care, which seems to be on life-support in a Senate where Mr. Reid and his Democrats are down to a mere 20-seat majority and can't get much done. "Instead of joining us on the right side of history," he cried, "all the Republicans can do is come up with, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said, 'slow down, it's too early, things aren't bad enough.' "


Mr. Reid is hazy on history, as on a lot of other things, and forgot, if he ever knew, that it was the Republicans who fought slavery. His party were the heel-diggers. Several of his contemporary Republican colleagues, unable to savor the high old humor in the moment of Democratic crackup, put on a pious pout, as slighted senators are prone to do.


But if Mr. Reid thinks he has problems, he should consider the plight of the director of Copenhagen's No. 1 limousine-rental company. Majken Friss Jorgenson says her firm only has 12 limousines big enough to accommodate the egos of "world leaders" congregating in Copenhagen for "the summit to save the world." She and her competitors have orders for 200.


"We haven't got enough limos in the country to fulfill the demand," she told the London Daily Telegraph. "We're having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden."


Mzz Jorgenson would like to assign electric cars or hybrids, in the spirit of the occasion, but she doesn't have any. "We don't have any hybrids in Denmark, unfortunately, due to the extreme taxes on those cars." The situation is no better at the airport, where there's no more space to park the private jets arriving from Hollywood. They're sending late arrivals to park in Sweden. The planes will be called back when the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Daryl Hannah, Prince Charles and Archbishop Desmond Tutu move on save other worlds.


All the luxury hotels are fully booked, too, many of them for $1,500 a night. There's not even room for 1,400 additional hookers, mostly blond and blue-eyed, called to Copenhagen from all over Europe. The Danish government has officially urged the 15,000 delegates and 5,000 journalists to "be sustainable, don't buy sex." The union of the ladies of the evening have offered their services free to delegates with official badges. We're all in this struggle together to sustain the planet, and everyone must do (his or) her part. Al would be proud.

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