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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 26, 2014 / 26 Iyar, 5774

A Community Organizer in Way Over His Head

By Bernard Goldberg




JewishWorldReview.com | Let's see if I have this right: President Obama is constantly in the cross-hairs of hyper-partisan, cheap-shot Republicans who turn everything they can get their hands on into a "scandal" — which are really "phony scandals" as far as President Obama and his acolytes are concerned.

But rest assured the president was mad as hell about all of those scandals, right up until the moment he realized they were only "phony scandals" concocted by the GOP.

On May 13, 2013, the president was outraged to learn that the IRS may have targeted conservatives. Outraged! "I've got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it, and we'll make sure that we find out exactly what happened."

Two days later, he said, "It's inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it."

Then it became a "phony scandal" and, oops, he wasn't all that angry anymore and so he lost all interest in finding out exactly what happened.

Then on October 21, 2013, when the president learned about the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare, he was downright furious. "Nobody's madder than me about the fact that the website isn't working," he said. Good to know, Mr. President.

Back in 2011, on October 18, when news about Fast and Furious reached the Oval Office, the president said, "It's very upsetting to me that somebody showed such bad judgment, that they would allow something like that to happen." The "something" he was talking about was the discovery that guns supplied by the U.S. government wound up in the hands of Mexican drug thugs and one of those guns was used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

I'm sure he was also furious that our ambassador and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi. I know this because the president vowed to get those responsible for the deaths.



Despite his anger, he hasn't brought anyone to justice. Maybe that's because Benghazi became one of those "phony scandals," at least according to the president's Baghdad Bob, Jay Carney.

Now Mr. Obama is mad yet again — this time about the scandal at the Veterans Administration, which he claims to have learned about from a story on CNN. Actually, he's not just mad. He is, according to his chief of staff, "madder than hell."

"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable," he said. "If there is misconduct, it will be punished."

Whatever you say, Mr. President.

But this time, things may be different. He can't call this one a "phony scandal" — not when wounded warriors are involved. And he can't count on support from his fellow Democrats or his pals in the media.

Reporters covered the IRS mess the way the president wanted it covered. Barely. And they downplayed Benghazi and Fast and Furious, too. As for his fellow Democrats, they have repeatedly said Republicans were on a witch-hunting spree, just trying to make the president look bad.

But now we're talking about Americans who put their lives on the line for their country — vets who can't get in to see a doctor at more than a few VA hospitals around the country; and some 40 vets actually died in Phoenix alone while waiting for an appointment.

Most Democrats won't take a bullet for the president on this one. Supporting a politician over wounded and otherwise ill veterans is not a winning strategy. (But Nancy Pelosi has already been out there blaming President Bush for getting us into two wars, which produced lots of wounded vets and overloaded the system.)

And reporters know that they can't put lipstick on this pig — not without losing what (very) little trust the American people still have for them.

Here's one example of how tough some reporters have been in covering the VA scandal, albeit it's an example involving Jake Tapper of CNN, a journalist who is no pushover. He recently grilled White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough about the president's role in the VA scandal.

"How many stories like this, how many letters like this, how many dead veterans do you need before somebody asks the question within the White House, maybe this guy [VA chief Eric Shinseki] isn't the best steward of these veterans?" Tapper asked.

"The question, Jake, is, are we doing everything we can every day to get the veterans the care and the opportunities that they deserve?" McDonough answered.

"But you are not," Tapper shot back. "This letter [from House Veteran Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, a Republican from Florida alerting the president of a problem] was sent a year ago. And you guys ignored it."

With no cover from the press, or even from most Democrats, Mr. Obama may really be in trouble this time. If things get bad enough, he'll throw Shinseki over the side. And that may be enough for low-information voters too dense to understand what's really going on. Stay tuned.

But whether he gets away with this one like he's (so far) gotten away with all the other scandals, there is an underlying truth about this president that is inescapable. Peter Wehner put it elegantly the other day in Commentary magazine: "We've learned the hard way that Mr. Obama's skill sets are far more oriented toward community organizing than they are to governing. On every front, he is overmatched by events. It's painful to watch a man who is so obviously in over his head. And more and more Americans are suffering because of it."

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JWR contributor Bernard Goldberg, the television news reporter and author of several bestselling books, among them, Bias, a New York Times number one bestseller about how the media distort the news. He is widely seen as one of the most original writers and thinkers in broadcast journalism. Mr. Goldberg covered stories all over the world for CBS News and has won 10 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism. He now reports for the widely acclaimed HBO broadcast Real Sports.

He is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a member of the school's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and proprietor of BernardGoldberg.com.

© 2014, Bernard Goldberg

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