In this issue

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 Nov. 15, 2013/ 12 Kislev, 5774

No Real Mea Culpa in Obama's Litany of Dodges and Excuses

By David Limbaugh

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I don't know how President Obama could get more surreal. At this point, it's hard to tell whether he's more dishonest or delusional.

At Obama's news conference Thursday, CBS' Major Garrett pressed him, essentially, to admit he'd flagrantly lied when he promised Americans that with the advent of Obamacare, they could keep their health care plans and their doctors if they liked them.

Though Obama did pay lip service to admitting he shouldn't have made the promise "unequivocally," he quickly degenerated into a disjointed string of meaningless verbiage involving nuances, grandfathering, great-grandfathering and whatnot, all designed to confuse us and excuse himself. Besides, he insisted, many congressmen made the same "sincere" pledge that he made concerning keeping their plans. "They did it, too, Mommy."

The unequivocal truth is that Obama made the claim unequivocally not through excess passion born of selfless magnanimity but as a calculated maneuver to sell his unpopular plan. It was not, as he stated, sincere. Had he not made the claim unequivocally, he wouldn't have been able to cram the bill through, even with the unconscionable level of arm-twisting he engaged in.

It's beyond offensive that he blithely waved off his premeditated lie as a bare misstatement.

Obama not only was not forthcoming in accepting actual responsibility for his fraud but mouthed a number of other specious arguments to distract from his culpability and blame his opponents.

Like a jet fighter pilot sending out chaff and flares to divert a heat-seeking missile, Obama tried desperately to disguise this colossal failure as mostly a website problem. How many times did he use the term?

His propaganda ministers were careful in the words they chose for him. Obama said he "fumbled the rollout." Fumbles are, by definition, accidental. Plus, he deserves credit for the good things he's wrought. "There are a whole bunch of things about (the rollout) that are working really well which people didn't notice ... because they weren't controversial." Controversial? Try nonexistent.

Having changed the subject, he clumsily positioned himself as an outsider again, just as frustrated and injured by the technical problems caused by his executive incompetence as the rest of us. Even here, he didn't fully concede the full-on failure of the website. He took pains to describe how complex the task his IT team has undertaken, thus implying it is understandable they are having so many problems. (That should make some late-night skits.)

Obama also blamed the website problems on the lack of government IT procurement overall. Never mind that this mini-despot doesn't need to depend on government procurements. He just orders what he wants — in this case, hundreds of millions. But I guess that isn't enough for this mind-blowing complexity. But hey, if you were allowed to say anything you wanted without fear of contradiction for five years, you might say ludicrous things, too.

Obama further comforted us with the dubious assertion that a million people have accessed the website but just haven't gotten around to picking their plans yet.

After discharging all his chaff, fighter pilot Barack prepared his sidewinder missiles to fire back on Republicans, without whose obstruction Obamacare and its rollout would presumably be running swimmingly. After all, progressives have been trying to make this happen for a hundred years, and he is not about to let mere catastrophic failure disrupt his signature socialist achievement.

If it just weren't for the shutdown... And if every state governor would follow the lead of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and just sign up hundreds of thousands of more people into Medicaid, all would be wonderful. ... And if Republicans hadn't refused to offer their own ideas (which they have), we wouldn't be suffering through this rollout.

Having regained his confidence through the sheer power of his own rhetoric to convince himself, he shifted to his usual righteous indignation mode. No matter what kind of problems we may be experiencing, he assured us that he isn't going back on his promise of providing affordable care to everyone. No, America the ugly is the only rich nation in the world that doesn't guarantee its citizens health insurance.

He went right back to using his fraudulent number of 40 million uninsured (after having been shamed into backing away from it before) and saying he won't walk away from their chance to get health insurance for the first time.

I can't get over the fact that no one, especially in news conferences, challenges his false premises about the uninsured or points out that his beloved Affordable Care Act, even if it works as planned, will leave millions of uninsured, giving the lie to this entire sordid scheme.

But in my estimation, the most disturbing announcement Obama made during his news conference was that he will allow "insurers to continue offering individual insurance plans for another year even if they do not comply with the law's rules for minimum benefits."

Have Americans gotten so numb to his glib violations of the Constitution that they don't even flinch anymore when he presumes to unilaterally change his formerly sacrosanct "law of the land" through administrative order?

This must not stand.

If Republicans, collectively, have any moral courage left, they will not yield to his lawless "fixes" or cooperate in legislatively salvaging this law, not for partisan reasons but because anything that helps save this law helps destroy America's health insurance and health care system.


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David Limbaugh, a columnist and attorney practicing in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Comment by clicking here.

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