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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 Oct. 6, 2008 / 7 Tishrei 5769

It was Palin's night to avoid losing

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sen. Joe Biden won, yet Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did not lose.


That's because the bar was set so low for this year's only vice presidential debate. All either candidate had to do was walk across it. Scoring would be based on which candidate would make the fewest mistakes.


Democrat Biden, long known for excessive gab and occasional gaffes, exceeded expectations in a debate for which expectations were exceedingly low. He won on substance. That was no surprise. He's been in the Senate since Palin was in grade school. He knows a lot of stuff.


But substance is not enough to win presidential debates that essentially are television shows, largely aimed at persuading still-undecided voters. Many of these voters choose candidates based less on detailed issues than on which one seems "just like me, only maybe not quite as cool."


As a result, despite having "Washington Week in Review" host Gwen Ifill as its moderator, this TV show felt more like a political version of "Jeopardy." A Democrat with a reputation for talking too much meets a Republican with a reputation for knowing too little.


That was Palin. She had something to prove, even to Republicans, after her stumbles in national TV interviews. The world wanted to know not only how she would answer questions but also whether she could.


Palin had to prove she was worthy of remaining Sen. John McCain's running mate, despite her awkward answers and non-answers to interview questions.


In her interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric, for example, she said she read newspapers but, when pressed, could not name one.


When asked which Supreme Court decisions she opposed, besides the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, she rambled without mentioning any. Maybe it was simply nerves that caused her to forget the Supreme Court decision about the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. She criticized that in TV interviews only a few months ago. Still many wondered if the young governor was ready for the national spotlight.


Between Couric and debate night in St. Louis, someone must have reminded the former TV sportscaster and Miss Alaska runner-up of an old broadcast industry adage: People may not hear all that you say, but they'll always remember how you said it. This time she turned on her 40-megawatt smile powerfully enough to charm the rust off a minivan.


She put a twinkle in her talk with sprinkles of aw-shucks cutesy folksy nuggets like, "I betcha" and "heck of a lot" and "Main Streeters like me" what she and McCain were "gonna do" when they get to Washington.


Mainly she cheerfully repeated the same basic talking points, barely rephrasing them each time. The key words included "maverick" to describe McCain and herself and "same old politics" to describe Obama and Biden. Her cheerful responses, punctuated by eyewinks once or twice, had an oddly poll-tested flavor to them.


When she did not have a rehearsed answer, she simply ignored the question Ifill or Biden asked and responded to some other question she preferred to ask herself.


Not that she didn't warn us. She announced with bold audacity at the outset that she just might not respond to Ifill or Biden because she was "gonna talk right to the American people." You betcha.


In the end, she sounded pleased with her hijacking of the agenda. "I like being able to answer these tough questions without the filter, even, of the mainstream media kind of telling viewers what they've just heard," she said to a mainstream-media television camera.


"I'd rather be able to just speak to the American people like we just did," she said. Sure. Who wouldn't like to govern without having to answer to those pesky reporters and their pesky follow-up questions.


Next to Palin's game-show perkiness, Biden seemed almost quaint and old-fashioned. He actually stuck to issues. He waged a withering attack on trickle-down economics and eloquently eviscerated McCain-Palin's "maverick" pose as skillfully as she might kill and field dress a moose.


He outlined encouraging proposals to bring economic recovery and affordable health care, at long last, to middle class Americans. He avoided gaffes and excessive gab and articulated his party's sense of purpose. But this was Palin's night to win or, at least, avoid losing.


For all the hoopla surrounding vice presidential debates, history shows they don't have much effect on the guys or, someday, women at the top of their tickets. This year could be different. Whether she wins the White House for McCain or not, she gave his supporters a little less reason to feel embarrassed.

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