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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 May 23, 2013 / 14 Sivan 5773

The Beauty of Confusion

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Where are we now in this morass of Obama administration scandals? We have the Associated Press imbroglio. We have the Benghazi imbroglio. We have the I.R.S. imbroglio. Well, a synonym for imbroglio is confusion, and in all the above cases replace the word "imbroglio" with the word "confusion" and you will get a hint of where I am going. We have one massive cloud of confusion, and that is exactly what this embattled administration wants. They think that if an event can be brought to confusion, at some point the journalists and the general public will throw up their hands and agree that it is just too difficult to penetrate. Perhaps the Nixon Administration was hoping for such an outcome back in 1972.

There is indeed a lot of confusion shrouding these three scandals. Possibly the White House is right, people will throw up their hands and forget about the journalists' records that were subpoenaed, the lives that were lost at Benghazi or the conservatives who saw their 501 (c)(4)s held up for years, sometimes indefinitely. Yet I tend to doubt this. There are too many citizens in and out of government and too many military personnel who are indignant. For that matter, there are too many citizens in and out of government and the military who fear they might be thrown to the dogs by this White House. Some among them are getting lawyers. Others are bringing their stories to the press. Moreover, there are the aggrieved members of the Tea Party movement.

The other day one person in the press began asking simple questions. He is Jeff Lord of The American Spectator. He asked, on our website, what Colleen Kelley, the head of the National Treasury Employees Union, was doing at the White House at 12:30 PM on March 31, 2010? Did she talk with anyone there? Did she talk with the president? The helpful note on the White House visitors log indicates that she at least met him. Surely it is a tantalizing detail that the I.R.S.'s harassment of conservatives began shortly after her rendezvous at the White House. Now the White House spokesman, that irritable little lout Jay Carney, says she was just there for a function of some sort. So she talked with no one? That is improbable, and by the way her union is militantly anti-Tea Party and pro-Obama.

Lord is very busy answering telephone calls and emails from the public and most interestingly, from former I.R.S. employees. How many calls has he received from people in government and the military who are fearful for their careers?

As I say, this White House thrives on confusion. It is spreading confusion in these scandals. It is spreading confusion in policy matters, for instance, that policy happily called Obamacare. Recently it was reported that teams of government consultants are being lined up to advise the uninsured on Obamacare. That is assuming they can find the uninsured. Some people want nothing to do with Obamacare. Some people are utterly confused about it, and, if what I read is true, they have reason to be utterly confused. They might be sent off to an undertaker.

Confusion appears to be Barack Obama's friend. The other day a woman called Rush Limbaugh on his radio show and said she had been a fundraiser for Mitt Romney in 2012. According to her, the White House is happy to have the I.R.S. story out there, for the story intimidates potential Republican donors from donating to Republican candidates. Supposedly these donors are fearful that they will be the targets of the I.R.S. investigation.

Of course, this is just the opposite reaction from the Tea Party. Its members are planning a series of protests around the nation. My guess is we are going to be hearing a lot about this morass of scandals. Pay attention, if you can.

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