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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 May 19, 2008 / 14 Iyar 5768

Campaign 2008: Kinder and Gentler?

By Pat Sajak

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Welcome, Republicans, to 2008's kinder and gentler presidential campaign, where new ground rules are being drawn up to assure Americans that their warm and sensitive political candidates won't have their feelings bruised by mean and nasty negative charges. It's a campaign where vigorous debate is welcomed, as long as it doesn't imply any shortcomings on the other side.

It's a campaign in which a speech to the Israeli Knesset about the dangers of appeasement elicits the editorial headline, "The President Goes Negative" from The New York Times and cries of outrage from Democrats everywhere. Thanks goodness the Times' phrase, "President Bush's penchant for slash-and-burn politics" wasn't negative; imagine how miffed Republicans would have been.

It's a campaign in which any questions about a man's politics or policies might be construed as containing overtones of race or gender. You see, when Republicans ask whether a candidate's stance on a particular issue might be harmful to the country, there's often a racist or sexist implication. Luckily for Democrats, there's nothing negative about calling someone a racist or a sexist.

It's a campaign marked by a new paradigm that goes like this: Candidate R questions the wisdom of Candidate D's fiscal policy, claiming it will damage the economic health of the country. Candidate D rolls his eyes and decries the negative campaign of Candidate R, claiming that Americans are tired of that kind of "politics of hate and fear." The answer, of course, is "hope and change" which can come about only by tossing out these hateful fear mongers.

It's a campaign in which it's okay to accuse one side of championing a "naÔve foreign policy", as long as the side making the accusation is the one that can't be accused of hiding racial or gender meanings in that criticism. You say there are no such implications? Hah! Just what you'd expect a misogynistic racist to say.

It's a campaign in which any question is off-limits merely by being dismissed as off-limits and any issue is irrelevant if it's said to be so.

The hypocritical, one-sided nature of this New Campaign was neatly, hilariously and unintentionally summed up by two back-to-back sentences in that Times editorial: "Those failed policies are one reason we yearn for the coming change of administration and for the next president to reject Mr. Bush's bullheadedness. We also yearn for a more civilized and respectful political dialogue." Apparently, the staff cutbacks at the Gray Lady included the Department of Irony.

So, Republicans, enjoy the coming campaign. You might still win, but it'll have to be with both hands tied behind your back.

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