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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. 17, 2010 / 10 Teves, 5771

The noisy display of dead ducks

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | These aren't lame ducks in session on Capitol Hill. They're dead ducks, but like chickens that can still take a few steps once their necks are wrung, these dead ducks are flailing and flapping across the barnyard, leaving a trail of blood and gore.

The Democrats of the 111th Congress, which can't die soon enough, still can't wrap their minds around the November election returns. They can't figure out how humiliating repudiation could have happened to such wise and wonderful folk. The decks of the Titanic she helped steer into the iceberg are awash in icy water and Nancy Pelosi is desperately ringing Room Service to demand her morning coffee.

President Obama, who may finally recognize his own parlous condition, begs for Democratic votes for the tax compromise, pleading that if he can't get them his presidency will be finished. Joe Biden, the dotty vice president in the attic, snarls at Republicans to "get out of the way" so the Democrats can get on with the work of destroying themselves.

Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts rails at the "bigots" who stand in the way of the girlie men determined to paint the Army's tanks and Navy's warships in soothing shades of lavender. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri floats the idea of reparations on steroids, a gift of $48 billion cash — that's billion with a "b" — to the poor so they can have a little spending money like everyone else. A goofy idea like this could catch on in Mzz Pelosi's precincts.

The descent of Congress in the respect and esteem of the American public is a rare phenomenon not just of politics but of physics. Logic and reason say everything should have a bottom, but the descent into public contempt doesn't. Congressional approval, as measured by all the pollsters, continues to fall, and where it stops nobody knows. This is a phenomenon that defies the natural law that governs the rest of the universe.

The Gallup Poll finds that only 13 percent of Americans think Congress is performing the job those 535 slackers were elected to perform. Rasmussen finds that just 23 percent of Americans think the nation is "moving in the right direction."

Even President Obama, fond as he is of redistributing the income of other people, is trying to dampen the dying fire in the potbellies of the congressional loser class. Losers they might be, but they're determined to inflict as much damage as they can, to give us something to forget them by.

Nancy Pelosi, the gift that just keeps on giving, is the leader of the Democrats who revel in their ignorance of how things work. A reporter for CNSNews.com asked, ever so respectfully, to tell him "where does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health-insurance mandate?" Mzz Pelosi, momentarily flustered and bereft of talking points written out by her staff, was stumped.

"Are you serious?" she asked. "Are you serious?"

Yes, the reporter replied, he was.

Mzz Pelosi shook her head, clearly puzzled by the premise of the question, and turned to take a softball from another reporter. She later sent out her press spokesman to reaffirm the notion that asking her where and how the Constitution authorizes Congress to mandate that individual taxpayers buy insurance was certainly not a serious question. "You can put this on the record," the spokesman said. "That is not a serious question." He repeated the answer, as if hardly believing he was saying something so silly. "That is not a serious question." But the law, with the mandate, is on track now to the appeals courts, and the Supreme Court is likely to decide whether the question is a serious one.

Mzz Pelosi, untutored in constitutional law, continued to argue the "not serious" question with press releases, arguing that if Congress says it's so it must be so.

But not just the speaker. The gay dogs pushing repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," continued the strategy of name-calling that once worked so well for Barack Obama. Those who argue that repeal will severely damage military preparedness — including the commandant of the Marine Corps — are dismissed by Barney Frank as purveyors of hate and venom. Barney, giddy by the House vote to repeal, is in a mood to celebrate. "It's bigoted nonsense that the presence of someone like me will …destabilize our brave young men and women." The prospect of Barney loose in the barracks after lights out would frighten anyone, gay, straight, or between.

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