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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

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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Oct. 14, 2008 / 15 Tishrei 5769

The talented Mr. Biden

By Paul Greenberg

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Talk about role reversal: Before their vice-presidential debate, Sarah Palin was supposed to be the airhead and Joe Biden the expert. After she stole the show, it was hard to remember he was even there.

But there were some things Joe Biden said that stuck. Some unbelievable things. There was a point where they came in such a rush I couldn't scribble them down fast enough. So I looked at the transcript later to see if I could possibly have heard right. Unfortunately, I had.

Check out Senator Biden's compact history of why this president has been so completely wrong about the Middle East:

"He insisted on elections on the West Bank, when I said, and others said, and Barack Obama said, 'Big mistake. Hamas will win. You'll legitimize them.' What happened? Hamas won. When we kicked — along with France, we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon — I said and Barack said, 'Move NATO forces in there. Fill the vacuum, because if you don't know — if you don't, Hezbollah will control it. Now what's happened? Hezbollah is a legitimate part of the government in the country immediately north of Israel. The fact of the matter is, the policy of this administration has been an abject failure."

Huh? What Middle East can Senator Biden have been talking about? The one on Mars? Hamas never won an election on the West Bank; that's the base of the rival Palestinian faction under Abu Abbas, who is still tenuously in control there, thanks to Israeli backing.

France and the United States never kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon. Can Barack Obama and Joe Biden have ever proposed, out loud, seriously, sending NATO troops into Lebanon? Like NATO would ever go there. It's been hard enough keeping NATO forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Didn't we lose enough Marines (220) in that horrendous bomb blast that destroyed their barracks in Beirut back in 1983? Why go back in there?

And what's this about Hezbollah's having now become a legitimate part of the government in Lebanon? It's long been part of the government there, legitimate and illegitimate, and its forces continue to control a large swath of that splintered country.

Can you imagine the fun the mainstream media would have had with Sarah Palin if she had managed to cram so many non-facts into so short a space?

Senator Biden made a number of other strange assertions — he's never at a loss for them — but at least he spaced the others out.

It's not just that some of the things he says aren't right; they're not even wrong. They're just bizarre. But he says them with such assurance, with such easy certainty, with the absolute shamelessness of those who have no idea how off-base they are. There's one in every coffee shop.

Sarah Palin may not know all there is to know about foreign affairs, but at least she knows what she doesn't know.

Senator Biden is a common enough type in American life — someone who strikes the uninformed as well informed. What a poseur. And he gets away with it. He's routinely described in press reports as "knowledgeable." With knowledge like that, you don't need ignorance.

On balance, I prefer the plagiarizing Joe Biden who, back in the '80s, would on occasion borrow the dramatic life story of some British lord and present it as his own. At least he was caught out back then.

The moral of the story: Be on guard every time Joe Biden starts a sentence with "The fact of the matter is...." Because the odds are it isn't.

And this is the Seasoned Veteran of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who's going to guide Barack Obama through the intricacies of world affairs. Good Lord. Spare us.

Lest we forget, this is the same Joe Biden who opposed Ronald Reagan's policies that ended not only the Cold War but the Soviet Union and the nuclear arms race with it. He opposed the first President Bush's successful war to liberate Kuwait, but supported George W. Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq — until things grew bleak, when he was ready to give up. At that point he proposed vivisecting Iraq into three different countries — as if Sunni and Shi'a could so easily be separated in a country they've shared for centuries. It was a cockamamie idea that might have resulted in the greatest wave of human suffering since India was partitioned in 1947.

Senator Biden (and his running mate) then proceeded to oppose the Surge, the successful strategy that John McCain had been urging for some time, and that now has turned the war in Iraq completely around. Not that Joe Biden is prepared to admit how wrong he was about Iraq. And is.

But he's still capable of surprising me. Before the vice-presidential debate, I thought I couldn't possibly think any less of him.

All of which brings me to one Owen Lippert, a senior staff member of Canada's governing Conservative Party. Or rather he was until the other day, when it was discovered that, in writing a speech a few years back for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he'd plagiarized one given by Australia's then prime minister, John Howard. Whereupon he had the decency to resign.

Poor Mr. Lippert. It doesn't seem fair. If only he'd been an American, he might have been nominated for vice president of the United States by now.

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