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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 June 24, 2008 / 21 Sivan 5768

McCain's Straight Talk Needs Sizzle

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | FRESNO, CALIF. — John McCain is a media consultant's nightmare.


He is so not tech savvy that he actually favors town hall meetings, which brought him to Fresno State University on Monday. He still cannot read a teleprompter. He hangs onto that microphone as if it is 1979.


McCain's supporters look at the charisma-oozing, swoon-inducing Barack Obama and sigh that the GOP nominee is hopelessly out-cooled. He's 71. He's so old that he actually served in the military. He's so old his trophy wife is in her 50s. He tells old jokes. Like: In Arizona, it's so dry the trees chase the dogs.


Yet somehow when he addressed this gathering of 600 of the young, the old and the in-between in Fresno, he may not have had any women fainting as he worked the crowd, but there were signs of respect. Even people who kept their arms folded when McCain explained why he would not set an artificial timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq applauded at the end.


Call it the decency factor.


Even those who disagree with him have to respect that on Iraq, the one issue on which so many politicians have flip-flopped, McCain has stood firm.


Monday's town hall focused on energy. This was not like your typical San Francisco audience. There was applause for McCain's support for nuclear energy. Sure, there were biofuel and solar fans, but one attendee chided McCain for opposing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Maybe it's the price of gas, but this audience seemed largely in sync with McCain's shift from supporting a ban on offshore drilling in Florida and California, to now saying he wants to see an end to the federal moratorium on offshore drilling, and let state voters decide.


Does this mean Californians should choose to drill? "Sure, I'd love for them to, but again I leave that decision up to them," McCain answered at a press conference after the town hall. Yes, it was a politician's answer.


But here is the not-very-political part. As Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said during a conference call, the problem with the presumed Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, is that he never tells the left something it doesn't want to hear. McCain still tells the GOP base things that make them bristle.


And there is a philosophical cohesion to McCain's proposals. McCain understands that energy is a national security issue. Thus, he wants to increase supply, not only with more drilling, but also with more biofuels. He also advocates conservation and increased automobile fuel-efficiency standards. He calls for eliminating sugar tariffs that drive up the cost of ethanol and proposes a $5,000 tax credit for Americans who buy zero-emission vehicles.


Do I go for the whole spiel? Hell, no. I liked the woman who challenged McCain's enthusiasm for all-electric cars, by asking, "How are you going to charge all those electric cars?" But I do like the fact that McCain is willing to tell everyone things that he specifically knows they will not like.


You have to respect that.


Yes, his delivery is hokey. There's a lot of stuff in McTalk that your mother told you — make that your grandmother.


But if Al Gore supporter/consultant Naomi Wolf could discover in that former presidential candidate a "nerd-visionary instinct" and a "Blakean deep inside," surely some guru in McTeam can find the right spin.


Is there such a thing as geezer chic?

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