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 June 11, 2010 / 29 Sivan 5770

Would Obama settle for kicking a mule?

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When Barack Obama says he wants to "kick somebody's ass" over the Gulf oil spill we presume he may be willing to settle for a mule, since mules are more easier to find than asses and provide bigger targets. But he has to be careful whose ass to kick. Pick the wrong one and he'll get a swift kick in return.

The Secret Service would shoot the offending ass and ask later whose it was. But still, it's undignified for a president of the United States to suffer an ass-kicking. The president is an elegant Ivy Leaguer, after all, equally at home at a student seminar or a Sunday brunch with the Georgetown elites. He's not just a vulgar dude off the street, brawling in south-side Chicago.

Some of the president's friends, obsessed as usual with race, accuse certain reporters of dissing the president by reporting his use of what they, always looking for a gaffe, regard as the language of the street. A writer in Time magazine accuses the Drudge Report of playing to the "bigotry" of its readers (who include just about everybody in America) with a "racist" headline.

Mr. Obama told a television interviewer he'll have to ask "experts" to tell him which stubborn ass deserves a presidential kick. He didn't say who among the British Petroleum executives may be keeping an ass. He could just dispatch Rahm Emanual to Columbia, Tenn., "the mule capital of the world," to get advice from old-timers who were once on intimate terms with the progeny of an ass.

You wouldn't expect an experienced ass-kicker to call in experts to identify the right one for the hearty kick. Anyone who has dealt with an ass or his progeny would know instinctively which one to kick. Harry S. Truman, Mr. Obama's distinguished predecessor, would have known better than to kick a Missouri mule, which has the reputation for being the meanest and most stubborn of all, and as a young man Mr. Truman struggled behind one to keep his furrows straight. But this president is a city boy, and might not even know the difference between jack and jenny. A horse and an ass are both necessary to produce a mule, who as a hybrid has little pride of ancestry and no hope of posterity, and this lack of breeding gives him the manners of a rock musician.

"A bad mule is bad news," writes Bob Duncan in the official program of Mule Days, celebrated annually in Columbia, which is also the ancestral home of James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States. "A mule has both the endurance and the evil wit to wear a poor man down if he does not kill him outright with a lightning-fast kick to the head. A bad mule will tear up your crops, rip up harness, destroy your plows and tools, harass your other animals and kick down your gates and fences. A bad mule is a devil on four legs and his reputation will spread faster than kudzu. You can't sell him because nobody will buy him. You are stuck with him until death do you part."

The most unexpected people can be ass fans. A little known fact is that the late Teddy Kennedy kept a pet ass at Hyannisport. When he challenged Jimmy Carter in the Democratic presidential primaries in 1980 Mr. Jimmy was so enraged at this affront to his dignity that he, seeking revenge, famously boasted that "I'll kick his ass." Mr. Kennedy took the animal to an undisclosed location for safekeeping and Mr. Jimmy left office with never having kicked anybody's ass.

Mr. Obama obviously wants to kick a British ass, but it's not clear that the CEO of BP even owns one. Ass-kicking is not a sport particularly beloved by the Brits. But the president has made his point: The Financial Times reported Thursday that British industry executives are "alarmed" by "inappropriate" and "aggressive" presidential rhetoric aimed at BP. Richard Lambert, director-general of a British management group, said "apart from anything else BP is a vital part of the American energy infrastructure. So the United States has an interest in the welfare of BP, as much as the rest of the world does."

If he thinks about it, the president might not have a kick coming. Maybe he could better use his time encouraging those with the job of actually plugging that hole.

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