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December 2, 2014

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 May 30, 2008 / 25 Iyar 5768

Betraying friends on the cheap

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nothing destroys a man like his betrayal of friends. The mortal wound is self-inflicted and he dies from the inside out, inviting neither compassion nor commiseration, only contempt, disdain and ultimately scorn. This is the hard lesson Scott McClellan is buying with his 30 pieces of silver.


George W. Bush, flawed and maker of mistakes, finishes his presidency almost as unpopular as Harry S. Truman finished his, and who knows whether history will revise his presidential reputation. He's the easy target for every brave Lilliputian hiding his courage in the tall grass. George W. is no man's idea of Caesar, nor does he want to be, and "fat and sleek-headed" though he may be, neither is Scott McClellan a reasonable facsimile of Shakespeare's noble Roman. But vexed he obviously is of late, "with passions of some difference."


Nobody likes being canned without ceremony, but most men who suffer such pain and ignominy manage to rise above the temptation to wail, kick and scream like an ignored small child impatient to have his diaper changed. Mr. McClellan concedes that George W.'s fourth press secretary left the White House on his own shortly before someone would have called security to escort him to the Pennsylvania Avenue gate.


His memoir was carefully launched as an authentic 24-hour sensation on a slow news day. Correspondents and commentators in Washington find nothing so fascinating as something to do with themselves. He told fibs, stretchers and sometimes lies from the press room podium, but the devil made him do it. If only the press room regulars had pressed him for something better.


Mr. McClellan expects to sell a lot of books, but all the good stuff, such as it is, is already on the front pages and in the foamy blather now sailing recklessly across the airwaves. He expects to become a hero to the 70 percent whom the pollsters tell us don't like George W. Bush. But most of the 70 percent know better than to trust the man with fantasies of revenge so dear that he sells his friends so cheap. The only way to deal with an egg-sucking dog, as almost any Texan could tell him, is to dispose of it. There's no cure for egg-sucking. A man who turns on his friends once will do it twice, and thrice. This is folk wisdom well-known on K Street, where refugees and discards from the White House are eager to decamp.


A gig on cable television might look attractive, but if his appearance yesterday on NBC is a guide, he's too "hot," in the sense of not cool, for that. Cable TV is the refuge of yellers and screamers, but only to a point. He sparred with Meredith Viera, his interlocutor, growing impatient when his explanation of motives was questioned. Not cool. He turned on the president - and now himself - only in pursuit of "a higher loyalty." Not persuasive. Like the congressman caught with his pants down in a bordello and professing happy relief that now he can spend more time with his family, Mr. McClellan sacrificed himself to "a higher loyalty than my loyalty necessary to my past work."


In his memoir, he pushes all the right buttons to pander to the public opinion now running at high tide. He throws rocks at targets dented already beyond easy recognition: Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld. Dick Cheney was, well, Dick Cheney, eager to perjure himself to free Scooter Libby from the clutches of a maliciously ambitious prosecutor. Condi Rice was "too accommodating ... of the other strong personalities on the foreign policy team ... and too deferential." But since he insists that he was kept out of the loop when it really counted - when he lied to reporters he didn't know what he was saying - all his inside skinny was rant and rage readily available 24/7 on Internet blogs. What did he really know and when did he really know it? Not much, and not often, by his own telling of these tales from the crypt.


The Democrats leaped to christen the McClellan tales as proof of presidential evil. Barack Obama, similarly vague about his past, why it took him 20 years to discover that his pastor, mentor and father figure was a crazy old bigot, told reporters on his campaign plane that Mr. McClellan's telling of his late education only confirms what he has known all along. The usual cheap Washington loyalty, cheaply told.

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