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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 April 16, 2010 / 2 Iyar, 5770

Mean and Angry versus Angry yet Determined

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Republican National Committee has an African-American chairman, Michael Steele, and still the GOP manages to come across as racially insensitive, as well as just plain insensitive. That's no easy feat.


Last week, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former RNC chairman, resurrected the confederacy issue after CNN anchor Candy Crowley asked Barbour if he thought it was a mistake for Virginia's Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell to designate April as Confederate History Month, without referencing the evils of slavery.


Barbour responded that it was not a mistake — he said the issue didn't amount to "diddly" — because Mississippi's overwhelmingly Democratic legislature has approved similar proclamations.


Two problems.


One: It's rarely a CNN story when Democrats support the confederacy, and when it is a story, it's a sign that party leaders are reaching out to moderates, not that they are insensitive. (Remember when former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean he wanted to be "the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks?")


Two: Voters are looking for a party that looks to a bright future, not a glorious past, especially when it is inglorious to descendants of slaves.


Granted, CNN spends too much time reporting on what Republicans are saying, instead of on what Democrats (who hold the reins of power) are doing.

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I would like to take issue with Crowley's remark about the GOP's image as the party of "mean old white guys." But that's hard when the other big Republican who made news this month is Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., because he behaved like a gentleman.


At a recent town meeting, Coburn said that while he disagreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she is still a "nice lady." Jeers followed.


Coburn had to explain, "Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn't mean they're not a good person."


Coburn also suggested that attendees not limit their news consumption to Fox News. Ergo, he spent last week being grilled by conservative pundits, especially on Fox News. Sheesh.


I wonder if Coburn, a courtly doctor when not in Washington, had become fed up with the sense of entitlement evident among vocal activists who seem to believe that because they showed up for a town hall meeting, the speaker — no matter how many years that speaker has taken heat for the conservative politics that they have just begun to champion — has an obligation to be noisy and nasty to entertain them. And there's no winning. For some of these folks, you can never be negative enough.


Coburn spokesman John Hart pointed out that, while largely unreported, the town hall audience applauded Coburn's remarks in favor of civility.


Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is working on a document outlining a positive Republican agenda.


"We can go out and we can just be negative about everything, and we can win seats," McCarthy told me. "But we will never be able to win a majority and govern (according to) our principles, if we don't tell the public what we're for."


Or as McCarthy noted, "You don't have to be angry to be a Republican. You can be hopeful." E-mail Debra J. Saunders

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