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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. 3, 2008 / 4 Tishrei 5769

You betcha Sarah Palin can debate

By Roger Simon


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | ST. LOUIS — Sarah Palin was supposed to fall off the stage at her vice presidential debate Thursday evening. Instead, she ended up dominating it.


She not only kept Joe Biden on the defensive for much of the debate, she not only repeatedly attacked Barack Obama, but she looked like she was enjoying herself while doing it.


She smiled. She faced the camera. She was warm. She was human. Gosh and golly, she even dropped a bunch of g's.


"John McCain doesn't tell one thing to one group and somethin' else to another," she said. "Those huge tax breaks aren't comin' to those huge multinational corporations."


She went out of her way to talk in everyday terms, saying things like "I betcha" and "We have a heckuva opportunity to learn" and "Darn right we need tax relief."


Biden was somber, serious and knowledgeable. And he seemed to think that debates were about facts. He had a ton of them.


Criticizing John McCain's health care plan, Biden said that McCain would tax health care and "then you're going to have to replace a $12,000 — that's the average cost of the plan you get through your employer; it costs $12,000 — you're going to have to pay — replace a $12,000 plan, because 20 million of you are going to be dropped. So you're going to have to place — replace a $12,000 plan with a $5,000 check you've just given to the insurance company."


Got that?


Palin was a lot more direct in her attacks on Obama and a lot more simple. Criticizing Obama for saying he would meet with some foreign leaders who are hostile to the United States, Palin said: "Some of these dictators hate America and what we stand for. They cannot be met with. That is beyond bad judgment. That is dangerous."


She also said: "An issue like that taken up by a presidential candidate goes beyond naiveté and goes beyond poor judgment."


Sarah Palin accusing Barack Obama of being naive? Yep. And she was unabashed about it. And so what if Joe Biden has been in the Senate approximately forever and knows a lot more about a lot more stuff than she does? She doesn't care.


"You recently said paying taxes is patriotic," she said to Biden. "In middle-class America, where I have been all my life, that is not considered patriotic."


True, a lot of her statements were of the fortune cookie variety. "At end of day," she said, "if we are all working together for the greater good, it is going to be OK."


But a lot of people like fortune cookies. She said her strength to the ticket was "my connection to the heartland of America, being a mom, having a son going off to war, a mother of a special needs child." She said there were times she and her husband sat around the kitchen table wondering how they were going to make it without health insurance.


This led Joe Biden to his most emotional — he appeared to choke up — and one of his most effective moments.


"Look, I understand what it is like to be a single parent, when my wife and child died," Biden said. "I know what it is like to raise two kids alone. I know what it is like to sit around that kitchen table."


Then he said of Americans: "They are looking for help, they are not looking for more of the same."


It might have been his best line of the evening.


Palin made some flubs. Talking about America's financial crisis, she said, "It's a toxic mess, really, on Main Street that's affecting Wall Street." Isn't it the other way around? And she also got the name of a general wrong.


But if people thought she was going to look like a dumb bunny for 90 minutes, they were disappointed. She said what she wanted to say, and she was so relaxed she even winked at one point. Really! An actual wink during a national debate, when she said she was going to try to get John McCain to change his mind about not drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Do people care about such stuff? Should all that down-home talk and body language really count? Joe Biden doesn't think so.


"Facts matter," Biden said.


Yeah? In politics? Since when?

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