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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 April 22, 2011 18 Nissan, 5771

Ten Commandments for 2012

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are those who say we already have too many Republicans running for president. But a few believe we need Moore.

Roy Moore, you may recall, is the Ten Commandments judge who was removed at chief justice of Alabama in 2003 for refusing to remove his stone pillars from the courthouse. He subsequently lost two races to be governor of Alabama, the last time coming in fourth place in the Republican primary with only 19 percent of the vote.

Usually, a multiple loser would move on to practice law, or shuffleboard. But in the upwardly failing state of our politics, Moore believes his multiple defeats qualify him to be president — a ruling the Ten Commandments judge announced, appropriately enough, on the eve of Passover.

"I am forming an exploratory committee for the office of president of the United States," he declared Monday on WHO, an AM radio station in Des Moines.

The radio host was not expecting this. "You just declared that you want to be president?" he asked.

"I just declared that I'm going to form an exploratory committee to investigate that proposition, yes," the fallen judge said.

"Is this an announcement you just made here?" the interviewer asked, still puzzled.

"It's the first time I've made it, yes," the candidate answered.

"Eh, um, okay," the host said.

It's hard to imagine that somebody who fell short of 20 percent of the vote in a gubernatorial primary in Alabama could win in a nationwide general election. But the standard of viability is much lower in this cycle's Republican presidential primary field.

The field is so fractured that there is little distance between the joke candidates and the supposed front-runners. In a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, the top choice, Mitt Romney, got only 16 percent when Republican-leaning adults were asked to name their candidates. Donald Trump got 8 percent, Mike Huckabee 6 percent and Sarah Palin 5 percent. All the rest — including Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Haley Barbour, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman — ranged from 2 percent to asterisks.

In other signs of disillusionment with the 2012 field, the "none of them" option scored 12 points, and 33 percent had no opinion — higher than 17 months ago even though the election is now much closer. Only 5 percent pronounced themselves "very satisfied" with the offerings. But it's good news for the also-rans. If Pawlenty, a reputed front-runner, earned one percentage point, who's to dismiss Moore as frivolous?

The Republicans' gaggle of gadflies is the logical consequence of the narrowing of the primary electorate, now dominated more than ever by religious conservatives — including about 60 percent of caucus voters in all-important Iowa. More viable candidates — Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels — have opted not to demean themselves by engaging these voters in an endless discussion of gays, abortion and, sometimes, Barack Obama's birth certificate.

Trump, now basing his candidacy on the "birther" issue, has been particularly transparent in hitting the social conservatives' buttons. A decade ago he favored abortion rights, gay rights, universal health care and a huge new tax on the wealthy. He spoke of the "lunatic fringe" of the Republican Party. "The Republicans, especially those in Congress, are captives of their right wing," he wrote, explaining why he quit the GOP.

If a chunk of Republican primary voters can fall for such a phony, surely a few of them could find room in their hearts for Moore, whose conservative credentials are quite literally set in stone. And this year, a few percentage points put you in the middle of the pack.

Moore left no doubt about the quality of campaign he would wage. On his new exploratory committee Web site, roymoore2012.com, he has posted, under "qualifications," a copy of his birth certificate — demonstrating him to be an authentic product of Gadsden, Ala., the son of a butcher and a housewife who lived in a public housing project.

He expanded on his platform in the Iowa radio interview. "A moral, economic and constitutional crisis. Family is being destroyed. An attack on marriage. Open homosexuality in the military." Moore wasn't even convinced that "we have to have taxes at all."

His message isn't for everybody. When he addressed a Tea Party audience in a high school gymnasium in Ohio over the weekend, only a third of the seats were filled, the Mansfield News Journal reported.

But in this year's Republican presidential field, a small following is all you need to be a contender.

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Previously:



04/21/11: Obama likes Facebook. Facebook likes Obama.
04/18/11: Without Nancy Pelosi, Obama is adrift
04/15/11: If progressives ran the world
04/14/11: Faith in political apostasy
04/13/11: One man's revolution is another's political expediency
04/11/11: Shutdown theatrics
04/06/11: Paul Ryan's irresponsible budget
04/05/11: Robots in Congress? Yes, we replicant!
04/04/11: Robert Gibbs, Facebook and the White House corporate placement service
04/01/11: Haley Barbour, the fat cats' candidate
03/31/11: Republican freshmen in House shut down compromise, and possibly the government
03/30/11: Coburn and Durbin, the dynamic duo of the debt crisis
03/28/11: The Obama doctrine: A gray area the size of Libya
03/24/11: Dems as Weiners
03/23/11: Obama's quick trip from tyrant to weakling
03/17/11: Who's afraid of Elizabeth Warren?
03/15/11: The underwear flap over Bradley Manning
03/10/11: In Senate's debt debate, talk isn't cheap
03/09/11: With Obama's new Gitmo policy, Administration officials had some 'splainin to do
03/02/11: Issa press aide scandal is like bad reality TV
02/25/11: Jay Carney: Mouthpiece for an inscrutable White House
02/14/11: The Donald trumps the pols at CPAC
02/09/11: Arianna Huffington's ideological transformation


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