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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

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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review July 8, 2008 / 5 Tamuz 5768

No season for the billy goats

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | " The doldrums are hard upon us, and even billy goats are choking on trivia.

The New York Times is all atwitter over John McCain's mispronunciation of "Lexington," as in the Lexington Project, an energy plan and just the stuff to send the multitudes with attitude into the altitude of summer lassitude, where there's not enough sweet tea to soothe all the parched lips, dry throats and other afflictions of those foolish enough to join the English in the midday sun.

"In a town meeting in Cincinnati the [other] day," the New York Times reports, "Mr. McCain would again slip up on the name of the Massachusetts town where, he noted, 'Americans asserted their independence once before.' He called it "the Lexiggdon Project, and twice tried to fix his error, before flipping the name ('Project Lexington') in subsequent references."

Mr. McCain, the newspaper discovered, is battling "a nemesis, the Teleprompter." If he can't whip a Teleprompter, the subtext surely goes, how can we expect him to whip a jack Muslim plotting a mission for the medium-sized Satan?

By his own admission, the one-time fighter pilot is not a great orator. He's slight of stature, often half-hidden behind a lectern, reads his lines and often not very well, and here's the point of the Page One story: "Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, can often dazzle on stage." You could ask any dazzled reporter on the campaign plane.

He's right about Sen. Obama. The man can keep an audience awake and ready to rock and roll. He's helped by the fact that the generation most dazzled has rarely been inside a church, never heard a preacher at a brush-arbor revival, raising the hair on the backs of a thousand necks, with soaring oratory to chase angels across the rafters of a rough-hewn tabernacle or rustling the tent flaps to the tune of "Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound" and the plaintive notes of "Just As I Am (Without One Plea)." But as good as Sen. Obama is, there may be a preacher or two in any good-sized city who could show him how to lift a crowd of sinners aloft to touch the face of G-d.

Once upon a time, you didn't have to go to church to hear oratory like this. The politicians could do it, too. Billy Graham once remarked that Bill Clinton got the gift, and would have been great on the sawdust. But the great evangelist could have been talking about Bubba's gift for recognizing sin when he sampled it. Opportunity knocks.

Sitting presidents, like presidential candidates, are often prey to tangling their tongues in hot syntax. President Eisenhower was famous for garbling an answer to the easiest question, usually a question he didn't want to answer. Sometimes a garble is the most effective reply. John F. Kennedy might not have frightened Fidel Castro, but he set a lot of teeth on edge with his pronunciation of "Cuber." Jimmy Carter, like George W., never mastered (among a lot of other things) how to pronounce "nuclear."

But it's not so much the mispronunciations and verbal tics that occupy the Gaffe Patrol as the determination of the chattering class to eliminate the colorful and the clever in candidates' speeches and remarks. The Gaffe Patrol is determined to make the politics as dull and boring as their own copy, you might say. Mr. McCain's aides, who take what they read in the newspaper and hear on television seriously even if nobody else does, are doing all they can to teach him how to put everyone to sleep. John McCain's clever dismissal of Barack Obama's ability to give good speech - "With his very, very great lack of experience and knowledge of the issues, Sen. Obama has been very successful" - sent aides into passionate paralysis. They want no more wisecracks, no more biting sarcasm, no more humor. They think what the galleries want are position papers, policy reviews and learned discussion of worthwhile initiatives.

Mr. McCain might take a cue from one of the great Southern hams of yesteryear who had aroused the ire of his opponent, a starchy Presbyterian elder, and the temperance ladies with his fondness for a nip of freshly distilled corn. "I want everybody who has never never slipped behind the barn for a nip to warm a cold day to vote for my opponent," he said. "If you can recall the taste of good corn whisky, vote for me." A lot of those folks would have had trouble with "Lexxiggdon," too. They might not regard it as a felony.

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