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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 May 11, 2005 / 2 Iyar, 5765

Love Labor's losses

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | LONDON — Talk about your tough crowd.

Last week, Prime Minister Tony Blair won the Labor Party its first-ever consecutive third term at No. 10 Downing Street, and what does he get for thanks? Calls for him to resign because the Labor lost close to 100 seats, reducing its majority to 66 seats.

"Tony Blair must listen to the voters and step down sooner rather than later," read the subhead of Labor MP Robin Cook's piece in Saturday's Guardian. The usual Labor critics are calling Blair a "liability."

Blair's supposed to listen to the voters that gave his party a historic victory — and resign? Doesn't make sense to me.

Meanwhile, Tory leader Michael Howard won 36 seats for his Conservative Party — a real gain — and he did announce his resignation. In another twist, folks in his party are asking Howard to put off his resignation, so that he can use the next year to baste Blair some more.

Blair now finds himself in waters familiar to President George W. Bush. Call that watery territory: You can't win.

Labor has been stewing over Blair's cozy relations with Bush — for which they blame Labor's losses. California Democratic Party bad boy Bob Mulholland — who hates Bush and loves Blair — called me Monday night to note that "Blair didn't go to Moscow" for V-E Day festivities, because he didn't want to be seen standing by Bush.

Even for that, Blair is taking heat. Tuesday's Daily Express scolded that Blair's decision to send John Prescott was, as its front-page headline read, "shame to Back Row Britain." When he's with Bush, Blair's a poodle. When he's away from Bush, he's a truant.

Gilbert & Sullivan would call the whole thing Topsy Turvy. The city of London is awash in old election signs that call the prime minister, "Tony B Liar."

Still, experts say that Howard didn't win bigger because he called Blair a "liar." (Maybe the left has a trademark on the word, and it only hurts the Tories to use it.)

Oddly too, in this race Howard most resembled Democratic Sen. John Kerry. Kerry, after all, never gained traction in 2004, as he bashed Bush for sending America to a war for which Kerry himself had voted. Kerry seemed opportunistic and dishonest as he hectored Bush not for what he did, but how he did it. For his part, Howard also supported the war, but nitpicked at how Blair took Britain to Baghdad. He, too, appeared overly opportunistic. No wonder the Tories lost.

You would think that all of Britain opposed taking the country to Iraq, the way the media are piling on Blair. So I checked. In March 2003, the House of Commons voted to use "all means necessary" to disarm Saddam Hussein. The Commons also voted 396 to 217 against a bill that said the case for war "has not been established."

Labor backbenchers who support Blair buddy Gordon Brown, chancellor of the treasury and Labor's heir apparent, talk as if Brown could erase the stain of Iraq. When Brown talks of his support for Blair on Iraq, they don't hear him. They've convinced themselves that Brown says so out of loyalty. They're like the many American Dems convinced themselves that Kerry didn't really support the war effort, even if he did vote for the war resolution.

I'd love to hear Democrats who bemoan America's Electoral College defend Britain's electoral map. Labor won 35.2 percent of the vote on May 5, the Conservatives garnered 32.3 percent, while Liberal Democrats claimed 22 percent of the vote. As the Sunday Telegraph reported, if districts represented the overall vote, Labor would have won 227 seats, Tories would have won 209 seats and the Lib Dems would have won 142. Instead, that map so favors Labor, as it once favored Conservatives, that Labor won 356 seats, Conservatives won 197 seats and Liberal Democras won 62 seats. Representative, that isn't.

David Kennard, a San Franciscan with dual U.S. /U.K. citizenship, was musing election night at the British Consulate in San Francisco about the solid results of the May 5 vote. He saluted "a great desire in England to give Tony Blair a smacking."

Amazing. Blair won a first-ever third consecutive term for Labor — and half of Fleet Street dismisses it as a loss. Martin Kettle of The Guardian lamented Tuesday morning that calls for Blair to go make it seem "almost as though the election counted for nothing."

The new slogan here could be: Let every vote count — against the winner.

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