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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 31, 2005 / 22 Iyar, 5765

Happy mediums or drunken psychics

By Dave Weinbaum

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When you spend all your time looking for mice, the elephants will trample you.

Just when victory was in the palms of the Republican's hands, Senator McCain's nose began to itch. The Presidential Bug bit him right on the tip of his snout.

Demo leaders were in the midst of desperation from recent election losses. In their despair to steal power they couldn't earn from the voters, they threatened Bush's judicial nominees with the dreaded (unprecedented in 225 years of American Government for Judicial floor votes) "FILIBUSTER".

Majority Leader, Senator "big talk, no action" Frist threatened to nuke the 'buster. Imagine that, a Senator that was actually willing to stand up and execute the will of the voters.

The happy mediums, led by Senator McCain, ambushed whatever mojo Frist had over the Democrats and turned sure victory into political quagmire. They gave up the battle before the fat lady put her girdle on to come to the game. Can you say Neville Chamberlain?

Keep in mind that the definition of filibuster is "a tactic such as irrelevant speech or several such speeches used to delay or prevent the passage of legislation."

If Republicans have learned anything at all from the last few elections, it's the more you let the leftists speak, the more voters you convert to conservatism.

Before the McCainites "surrendered" to the Demo filibuster threat, I opined that the best strategy was to let the libs execute their "irrelevant speech". In light of new events, I stand by my earlier assessment.

Think of the possibilities!

1. Senator John "flip-flop" Kerry. Could we hear a rendition of how he REALLY won the election, or how he REALLY was in Cambodia on Christmas Eve in 1968?

2. Senator Ted "Glug Glug" Kennedy. Can he do more than 15 minutes without a martini? I hear only water and milk are allowed during a filibuster. Beware if Senator Glug's water comes with olives and twists, or if his milk is served with a pineapple wedge and umbrella.

3. Minority Leader, Nevada Senator Harry Reid. I hear his parents won him in a poker game. No one knows why, but several years later they founded Gambler's Anonymous.

4. Any Demo Senator willing to be advised by DNC Chair Dr. Howard Dean, on how to give a fair and non accusatory one hour speech. By the way, I heard Dr. Dean tried to donate his brain to science, but they were only taking used ones. Well, at least we know that unlike "brain dead" Republicans, Dean still has one!

5. Senator Barbara "My Best Friends are Black" Boxer. Secretary of State Condy Rice may disagree with you on that one, Madam Senator. Can you say Liberal Phoney?

And this is the leadership of the Democratic Party!

As Dick Morris recently pointed out, why would any Republican in his right mind want to stop the Demo twits in this misadventure?

Further, look who the left would have tried to blaspheme! Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owens and California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown are both eminently qualified, well liked by their peers, ABA approved WOMEN! Judge Brown is a black woman, whose story reads better than Horatio Algiers. I would have loved to have seen those genius Libs talk for hours about these obviously evil Judges. Let the cameras roll! I'll bet CBS and Newsweek might even be able to get this right! Hope the Demo leaders have fun explaining themselves to blacks and women trying to get ahead in this country. Then there's Judge Estrada, who gave up the appointment fight in deference to his family. Can the Democrats say Hasta la vista to their FORMER Latino voters? Can the Republicans get better minority recruiters? Can the RNC call Ringling Brothers to get a bigger tent? I can't believe the pinheads in the Republican Party let THAT opportunity slip through their fingers.

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Talk about dumb and dumber, now Dems have denied the Republicans their own defeat. A mere 72 hours after the agreement, they stalled Bolton's UN confirmation vote, with a bogus "we need more info" ploy. I'm beginning to wonder if there is a clear strategic thinker amongst either party's Senators.

Maybe the Libs have decided that elections just aren't their thing. Is their solution the appointment of Judges who believe that the other branches of government are unnecessary? It's a stretch, but looking at the recent judicial bird delivered to Congress and the President in the Shiavo case, it's a distinct possibility.

Whatever their motives, Dems are toying with further self-destruction, if only the Republicans would stop delivering them from their own annihilation.

Libs need to take heed from the newest member of the Bush family; long lost son Bill "Bush Lover" Clinton, and Newt's new gal pal, Hillary "Hide the Records" Clinton. As they say in professional poker, the Clintons "know when to hold 'em and they know when to fold' em."

I can see it nowa new Master Card commercial:

Republicans letting Demos off the filibuster hook? Cost: Further self destruction of the Libs.

Demos letting Republicans off the hook via stalling the Bolton vote? Cost: Re-opening of Frist's Nuclear option.

Total lack of effective leadership on both sides of the Senate aisle? PRICELESS!

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