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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 June 12, 2009 / 20 Sivan 5769

When discontent stalks the land

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Suddenly it's the summer of everyone's discontent, and we're not even to the Fourth of July. The Democrats are plotting mutiny over Nancy Pelosi's vast and costly scheme to make the weather behave. Bankrupt General Motors gets a new president who says he doesn't know anything about cars. Barack Obama wants the feds to decree how much an executive should be paid for his work. The president's erstwhile pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is baaaack, with more tall tales of Jewish perfidy. Hil and Bill (he no longer gets top billing even at home) not only can't elect a governor of Virginia but can't even get a pal elected the a state legislature, and Barney Frank, ever alert to the sight of a camera, walks out of a television interview.


It's enough to make a body cry, or at least laugh, except in Austria, which is seriously bracing for the opening of Sacha Baron Cohen's latest summer prank, a movie called "Bruno." Austria is the land of the waltz, the Sacher torte and a certain pioneer in ethnic cleansing, and Baron Cohen's new movie is a tribute, if anyone wants to call it that, to the original fatherland. But satire is an acquired taste that the Austrians have not yet acquired.


"Bruno" is an over-the-top gay fashionista who dreams of being the most famous Austrian since Hitler, and yearns "to live the Austrian dream of finding a partner, buying a dungeon and starting a family." Baron Cohen's first movie, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefits Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" did for Kazakhstan what Bill Clinton did for Arkansas, and now the baron is doing it all over Austria. (There's even a cameo role for Arkansas.)


One of our own barons - Rep. Barney Frank, a baron of the House of Representatives - indulged in a little theater himself this week. When he didn't like the way the questions were asked, he got in a catfight with a television interviewer over the Obama administration's hectoring of private companies to limit the pay of their executives. So he did his Dan Rather impersonation and rudely walked off the set in mid-question.


For now the Democrats say they only want to limit how publicly traded companies can pay their executives, but anyone who has been in Washington for more than a fortnight knows what's coming next. Wall Street today, Main Street tomorrow. The president knows better than to waste a crisis.


But Barney assured witnesses at a congressional hearing that "we're not talking here about the amount. We are talking here about the structure of compensation. And I believe the structure of compensation has been flawed." Not as flawed as the way congressmen structure their own pay, of course, with automatic raises and a flood of hidden perks, but you could ask Barney or any other congressman and he would tell you, "Well, that's different."


Gene Sperling, an aide to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, said pshaw, nobody's about to tell corporations how to make out the payroll. "I can say with a certainty that nobody in the Obama administration is proposing such a thing," he told a House committee Thursday. But - and there's always the "but" - he was willing to lay out a case for how companies could contribute to financial crisis if they are not closely supervised by strict nannies armed with the weapons of government.


Bill Clinton, for his part, continues to demonstrate that good times are never forever. This could be an object lesson for gloomy Republicans who imagine that Barack Obama is the agent of doom that lies just around the corner. Only yesterday the Boy President's magic worked everywhere. He went into Virginia this spring to campaign for Terry McAuliffe, the bag man for the campaigns of both Hil and Bill who aspired to be the governor of Virginia. When the public-opinion polls throughout winter and spring showed Gov. Terry McAuliffe to be as inevitable as President Hillary Clinton, Bill figured it was safe to campaign for him. Bill was so confident of his mojo, in fact, that he hit the stump for another paltrying only for the state legislature. He ran a dismal third, demonstrating, perhaps, that ex-presidents just ain't what they used to be.


The skies all over America seemed littered with little clouds no bigger than a ladylike fist, if an observant Democrat took the trouble to look. Clouds can blow away as quickly as they arrive, but sometimes they come with rain and flood. If nothing else, they're witness to the iron law of life, that summer, winter or fall, nothing recedes like success.

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