In this issue

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 April 29, 2008 / 24 Nissan 5768

A trashy decade threatens Obama

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "The race card" was for decades the most reliable card in the Democratic deck, and even today, as we've seen this spring, Democrats play the card with residual skill.

The card must be played carefully, and with exquisite subtlety. No place for George Wallace or Orval Faubus here. But now race is all that Democrats are talking about as they stagger and stumble toward agreement on a presidential candidate, maybe next week in Indiana and North Carolina, or if not then maybe the week after that in West Virginia, and if not then surely the week after that in Kentucky and Oregon. They'll always have Denver. At least for now they've got the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the gift who keeps on giving (to John McCain).

Barack Obama's early campaign was based on a subtle playing of race. By loudly proclaiming that his campaign was traveling the high road "above race," race became the alligator in the bathtub. This so infuriated Bill Clinton in South Carolina that he couldn't resist comparing Sen. Barack Obama to the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Bubba, once idolized as "our first black president," insists that race was the farthest thing from his mind when he made the comparison. (Would Bubba tell a lie?)

Sen. Obama translated his early pose as the only man in America who could rise above race and lift the nation with him into smashing victories in party primaries with a large black vote. In Mississippi, for one ironic example, he polled 100,000 votes and with that the state's delegates. There's growing evidence that "the black candidate" is precisely who the senator has become.

Sen. Obama is actually the Willy Loman of presidential politics, the iconic salesman of the Arthur Miller play whose success on the road was fashioned with a smile and a shoeshine. Hillary Clinton, the inevitable nominee when the new year dawned, was rendered all but insensible when the Obama frenzy rolled over her after Iowa, and now Sen. Barack Obama is equally stunned as his magic begins to wane.

Hillary is winning grudging admiration even from old foes for her grit and defiance of lengthening odds, and you have to admire Sen. Obama's chutzpah for thinking he could get past close scrutiny of his past and his smarmy friends on the South Side of Chicago. He was lulled into a soft, sweet euphoria by the media, which cuddled and caressed him through the winter and spring, and now that questions are cutting ever closer to the bone he's annoyed and exasperated.

If the reporters and pundits avoid the tough questions, Joe Sixpack won't. Sen. Obama's explanation, such as it was, of his friendship with Jeremiah Wright satisfied only the credulous. The preacher — described by Sen. Obama as his "mentor" — hurled racist invective from his pulpit with the fiery hate of the grand dragon preaching to backwoods rednecks in a remote pine grove in Alabama. Sen. Obama insists he was never there on racist Sundays, but his tithes and offerings to the Wright ministry exceeded $26,000 in a single year. He insists that he had only a nodding acquaintance with Bill Ayers, the unrepentant member of the Weather Underground, a coven of cop-killers and terrorist bombers. But it was in the Ayers parlor, after Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, had come in from years on the run, that the senator, then a mature man in his 40s, launched his career in politics.

The senator said Sunday that race is not the reason he's struggling against Hillary Clinton, and he's in a large measure correct. We can all be glad for it. The Obama phenomenon has demonstrated that Americans of all races are willing now, even eager, to take the right black candidate into their embrace. (If Maryland blacks had voted for Michael Steele for senator last year he would be a cinch for Sen. John McCain's running mate this year.) Sen. Obama's unusual friends, associates and mentors in Chicago show him to be a child of the '60s, that trashy decade we thought we had put behind us. The Democrats nominated a candidate of the '60s once before, and he didn't do very well. Sen. Obama could ask George McGovern about that.

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