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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 August 5, 2009 / 15 Menachem-Av 5769

A few words , and then some , from the Obama Center

By Kevin Ferris



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Good morning. This is the Obama Center for Teachable Moments & Microbrewery. How may I direct your call?

"Oh no, no, no, ma'am. Don't hang up. We are — or were — the White House switchboard. But the president feels we have to move beyond the same old tired arguments and labels.

"That's right. It's in honor of the historic summit here at the Center on Thursday with President Obama and his distinguished guests.

"Oh, it was far more than a happy hour. This was an important step in bringing the races together. Our pollsters, who have been tracking the perfectly normal, nothing-to-be-alarmed-about, likely seasonal downward adjustment in approval numbers, made it clear that the less-than-positive reaction to the president's bold assertion on racial profiling and the Cambridge police was not due to what he said, but a result of America's inability to hear clearly through self-imposed racial filters.

"That's right. It's them, not him. So we wanted to step back, bring everyone together, pretend they were all on board with the president's comment, and heal America through the wonders of racial photo-op-iness.

"Did we poll-test the menu? Pale ale vs. dark beer? Don't be silly. And, uh, no, no one on staff suggested serving Black and Tans. Was that supposed to be a joke? These calls are monitored for racial sensitivity, you know.

"Actually, you're just confirming what our president so insightfully said: 'Race is still a troubling aspect of our society.' Is there another person on the planet who would have noticed that? Or who would dedicate so much staff time and effort to figuring out how to recalibrate a throwaway line in a news conference?

"OK, fine. We wouldn't need to recalibrate if he hadn't talked 'stupidly' to begin with. Or 'pulled a Biden'? That's one I haven't heard. So I guess the president out-Bidened Biden, didn't he?

"Oh, dear. Did I just say that? Never mind. Is there some way the Center can help you today?

"Yes, of course we can talk about health care. We're so happy to help real citizens ignore the distractions and talk about real issues.

"No, I don't have to redirect your call. All of us here at the Center are certified health-care-reform counselors. We have memorized the president's speeches on the issue, and we understand that he wants the very best for us, and we, too, care deeply.

"Sure, we're open to other points of view. Dialogue is so important in breaking down barriers. What doesn't make sense to you?

"Adding 50 million people to the rolls will increase, not decrease, costs? We shouldn't need the Congressional Budget Office to tell us that?

"The deficit will spike, instead of curving downward, as the president claims? See CBO comment above?

"The plan works against people keeping the insurance they have?

"The plan will eventually radically restrict choices?

"Dozens of agencies will compete to micromanage health-care procedures and options?

"Taxes will skyrocket for health care, for the stimulus, for cap-and-trade, and for whatever else you — Well, I can't repeat that word. Nitwits is fine — whatever else you nitwits dream up.

"The motto for Obamacare should be 'Pay way more, get lots less'?

"OK, ma'am. I see where you're headed. Let me stop you there. You've looked at the House bill online, right? I thought so. As a certified health-care-reform counselor, let me strongly advise two things. First, delete that file. That's right. No, don't share it. Just delete, delete, delete. Second, step away from the computer screen. In fact, turn it off for a few months.

"Let me recalibrate something I said earlier. Not all dialogue is important. In fact, we're finding that too much dialogue and too many details can be counterproductive.

"We'd prefer you focus on the president's promise: more coverage, lower costs, revenue-neutrality. Isn't that what we all want? Now let's just get out of the way and let Congress work its magic.

"Shut down debate? Nonsense. We just want to make sure you're getting the right facts. As the president said about race, ' ... commenting on this and hopefully contributing to the constructive, as opposed to negative, understandings about the issue is part of my portfolio.'

"And, hey, why not stop by for a few beers? The plan really makes much more sense that way."

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Kevin Ferris is commentary page editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.



Previously:


04/29/09: Pity for ‘tortured’ terrorist?
04/22/09: For good or ill, to be a public figure is to have your image used and abused
03/11/09: GOP lacks leader but has potential
03/05/09: A dangerous naivete in foreign policy
02/25/09: Beware ‘dialogue’ on race
12/29/08: ‘Chicago II’: A governor's story
12/11/08: Operator: Welcome to transition hotline
12/03/08: How Obama will fight a growing front in Afghanistan
11/25/08: GOP ahead of curve for change
11/13/08: Prayers for President-elect Barack Obama
10/03/08: Obama's lowball attacks: Suggesting that McCain is a bigot runs afoul of the high-minded ‘unity’ tripe
09/06/08: It's unlikely that a President McCain would be driven by political ideology
09/04/08: Bold McCain will sharpen the contrasts

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