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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 July 11, 2014 / 13 Tammuz, 5774

Head-spinning decisions, pols never stop

By Ann McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | WASHINGTON — It used to be, a few weeks ago, that as an adult you were responsible for making big, personal decisions: Do you want to marry? If so, whom? Do you want children? Where do you want to live? What do you want to do to support yourself? Whom do you want to vote for to be president?

And that was about it.

Life has become more complicated.

It's not just whether or not you believe states should permit marijuana sales. Now you have to decide how government should regulate such sales. Should it be about how much THC there is in the weed? Should the sale of marijuana food products be permitted? How will children be protected? Are increased DUI arrests higher, so to speak, in Colorado where recreational marijuana sales are legal (along with the state of Washington) just because method of intoxication is now being catalogued? Are we just getting more realistic about grass or are we becoming a society where anything goes?

Yesterday you could decide whether you want Hilary Clinton to run again for president. But now you have to decide whether she's earned too much money writing books and giving paid speeches to understand the rest of us. You have to figure out whether she took on the defense of a rape suspect when she was a private lawyer in Arkansas as a favor to someone or because the court assigned her the case. Does her unsympathetic handling of the 12-year-old victim diminish her support for women?

Is Wall Street going to give a Clinton campaign a) no support; b) tepid support; c) all the money she needs? Was she a great secretary of State or did she spend four years racking up a million frequent flyer miles? Is she going to separate herself from President Barack Obama and, if so, will they still speak to each other?

Just a few days ago all you needed to know about our latest humanitarian crisis was that thousands of foreign children without their parents were descending on southern U.S. borders because of gang violence in their home towns.

Now you have to worry whether Obama knew this problem existed months ago and ignored it. We must fret about whether the anti-immigration-reform Congress will provide $3.7 billion Obama seeks for the crisis.

Should the president meet or not meet with homeless children he wants to deport, go on fundraising trips, drink a beer and play pool with the Colorado governor and spar with Gov. Rick Perry in Texas? Speaking of that, what is up with Perry's hair? Sometimes poufed and sometimes flat, is it black, brown or gray?

But I digress. Back to 52,000 children seeking asylum. Now you have to know that an anti-human trafficking law signed in the waning days of the George W. Bush presidency created this crisis because it offered protection to unaccompanied children (not from Canada or Mexico) from being sent back immediately to their country of origin. Now they must get an immigration hearing and preferably be appointed a lawyer. (The Lawyer-Protection Act?)

Not too long ago you could exult that Osama bin Laden was dead. Now you have to worry about a guy you never heard of (ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) who wears a stolen $6,500 watch, says he's the caliph of all Muslims and hates us even more than perhaps bin Laden did. And threatens us while in Mosul, Iraq, where a lot of Americans fought and died.

He may be the new most dangerous man in the world but he doesn't make much sense: "I am the leader who presides over you, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, assist me. If you see that I am wrong, advise me and put me on the right track, and obey me as long as I obey G0D in you."

Oh dear. What's coming tomorrow?

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Previously:


07/08/14: Political emails unrelenting
06/16/14: Hillary's words of wisdom --- it's all about me
05/14/14: Confront Evil, Washington Wimps
04/29/14: What the feds are doing for you, to you
04/21/14: Why Hillary? The public awaits her answer
02/27/14: What is it about dictators and bad taste?
02/21/14: As easy as 1, 2, 3, proof the government is nuts
01/21/14: Where doubletalk is lingua franca
11/29/13: Time for governmemt to encourage mouthiness in kids again
11/22/13: Blame Canada? Or should we merge instead?
11/14/13: Out of the mouths of politicians --- huh?
10/14/13: American adults lack life skills, tests indicate
10/07/13: Finally sometyhing America is No. 1 in
06/21/13: Obama is guiding us toward a slippery slope in Syria
06/14/13: Summer '13 offers rays of sunshine for Americans
03/13/13: Democratic Party, stuck in a sorry state
03/13/13: In Washington, signs of civility emerge
02/22/13: The start of World War III? Why China's cyber hacking is frightening to the United States
02/01/13: Buy American and rebuild an economy
01/18/13: There should be a (nother) law: No super-whoopee inaugurations for second-term presidents
11/29/12: Congress hates us
11/16/12: A holiday gift guide for our politicians
08/10/12: Rise in independent voters imperils moderates
07/23/12: Looking forward to the presidential debates
07/13/12: A do-nothing Congress exacts high costs
06/25/12: Take a vacation: It's your duty
06/19/12: Dems: 'Do something'
04/30/12: Will Mitt Romney finally let a hair down?
04/23/12: Warning: Nasty presidential race ahead
04/02/12: We need to talk about aging
03/26/12: A Clinton-Bush matchup in 2016?
03/19/12: Autumn presidential debate topics lining up nicely
03/12/12: Unpacking presidential campaign myths
03/05/12: Time for Romney's vision, not goofiness, gaffes
01/13/12: Romney makes life difficult with many flubs
11/24/11: Obama has most to fear from Huntsman
10/04/11: Romney looks like ‘The One’
09/28/11: At last some good news on energy
09/21/11: Time to make pols squirm
08/29/11: America still shows the power of the individual
08/17/11: Like us, Lady Liberty in disrepair, but still strong




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