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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Sept. 3, 2008 / 3 Elul 5768

The RNC's unconvention

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | ST. PAUL — "This plan makes no sense. It's the height of political correctness," railed John Ziegler, a California alternate delegate, Sunday after he heard the news that John McCain was suspending the political part of the first night of the Republican National Convention. Ziegler was angry that presidential nominee McCain has chosen to cede airtime that could be used "to correct the record of all the lies and distortions that were told last week" by Democrats at their convention in Denver. "It is nothing more than fear of what the liberal media will do to them."

Sometimes fear is a rational thing. If ever a convention appeared star-crossed, this is the one.

The media were predicting that a Category 4-strength Hurricane Gustav would hit New Orleans nearly three years to the day after Hurricane Katrina flooded the Big Easy, and swamped the reputation of President Bush. The storm forced conservative heartthrob Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to cancel his prime-time speaking role, while a stalled California budget kept Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — and his considerable celebrity (in 2004 this was not a dirty word in the Republican lexicon) — in Sacramento. Hurricane or not.

Oh, yeah, and it turns out that GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is pregnant.

By the end of the day, Gustav was downgraded to a Category 2 storm. Dubya couldn't make it. Instead the ever-popular first lady Laura Bush explained that the Gulf Coast governors — all Republicans — were too busy working to come to the convention. Cindy McCain directed the audience to contribute to charities via causegreater.com. Flanked by rescue workers, Texas Gov. Rick Perry explained via video that the coastal Republican governors were "taking care of the citizens. That's what we do."

Yes, the California budget is still a mess. But tell me America won't tune in Wednesday night to take the measure of Bristol Palin's mother. Tell me Americans won't be sympathetic to Palin after her family has been poured into the meat grinder.

Many in the California delegation believe that Palin got a raw deal. "The mainstream media have done nothing but sandbag her 24/7,'' Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, told me — before the pregnancy story broke.

"This came as, to some degree, a surprise to the media, so they do not know how to respond," said former California Secretary of State Bill Jones from the convention floor. (Note how reporters cooed about the Obama campaign's discipline in keeping his vice presidential pick's identity quiet — even marveling that Joe Biden, who could be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office, could keep a secret — with few kudos to McCain for his campaign's tight lips.)

In a conference call Monday afternoon, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said the night's event would be "nonpolitical" in nature. The Tuesday schedule for 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: "McCain family members and convention participants volunteer to assemble caregiver packs." Apparently no one at Camp McCain got the memo about not going overboard.

The Repubs know that Gustav has sucked up media attention, possibly suppressing a post-convention Obama bounce. (A CNN poll reported a 49-48-point spread for Obama over McCain, while a CBS poll was 48-40.) They also know that McCain cannot match Barack Obama's Invesco Field speech.

Not to worry. The unconventional convention has the Dems playing "me-too." The usually ahead-of-the-curve Obama appealed to his own supporters to donate to the American Red Cross.

Not a bad day for the GOP, considering.

With all that said, members of the Republican Party know that their leadership screwed up. At the California delegation breakfast Monday, former Gov. Pete Wilson hit the big-spending bonanza that occurred when Republicans ruled the White House and Congress, when he said, "We lost the House and the Senate in '06 because we behaved like Democrats."

At his own party's convention, Wilson bashed his party. And it was a huge applause line.

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