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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 Sept. 4, 2008 / 4 Elul 5768

No caving for the moose killer

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This is where you expect Republicans to cave, to start crawfishing, to surrender convictions in the wan hope that their adversaries will ease up and maybe even say something nice. There's a familiar mantra: "Vote Republican. We're not as bad as you think."


But Sarah Palin, clearly a new kind of Republican, looked feistier and more determined than ever when she was introduced Wednesday night to a roaring welcome from a hall of delegates on fire. If the lady's dead, she makes a comely and lively corpse. The Xcel Energy Center arena rocked.


The relentless media pressure over nearly a week, one of the sleaziest campaign ordeals since Thomas Jefferson was accused of fathering a child with one of his slaves, was meant to intimidate John McCain into throwing the lady off the ticket. (There's no room under Barack Obama's bus.) So far it hasn't worked. The man who wouldn't buckle in five years in a North Vietnamese torture chamber seemed more resolute than ever. "She is experienced, she's talented, she knows how to lead, and she has been vetted by the people of the state of Alaska," the senator told an interviewer, trying to put to rest the Democratic catalog of Palin shortcomings in a single sentence. "Americans are going to be very, very, very pleased ... . She's going to have a remarkable impact on the American people."


She gave no quarter, demonstrating how she became the scourge of both moose and men and kept the arena roaring and a national television audience at full attention. The networks expected the largest campaign audience so far, eager to measure her first impression on the national stage.


If John McCain threw the dice with the selection of the governor, the Democrats and their starstruck allies in the mainstream media gambled with an all-out assault on Mrs. Palin, her daughter and her husband. If this doesn't drive her off the ticket and back to snowbound oblivion, she'll emerge stronger, tougher, more determined than ever, and with a winning image to take to voters in November.


Some editors, if they value consistency, may already want to put in a call to rewrite. Newsweek magazine, for example, which has conducted its love affair with Barack Obama on its cover — six times, in fact — flirted with Mrs. Palin in the promiscuous way of the newsweeklies only last year, describing her much like John McCain described her when he rattled press row with her selection.


"For [Mrs.] Palin," Newsweek said, "[reform] has meant tackling the cozy relationship between the state's political elite and the energy industry that provides 85 percent of Alaska's tax revenues — and distancing herself from fellow Republicans, including the state's senior U.S. senator ... ." And then this: "[Mrs.] Palin has transformed her own family's connections to the [oil] industry into political advantage. Her husband, Todd, is a longtime employee of British Petroleum, but as [Mrs.] Palin points out, the 'First Dude' is a blue-collar 'sloper,' a fieldworker on the North Slope, a cherished occupation in the state." (His is a collar in a deeper shade of blue than Joe Biden's.)


Nobody knows better than the two men on the Democratic ticket how carefully they must deal with Mrs. Palin. Mr. Obama's fervent rebuke of his blogger crazies and their furious spreading of the early, ugly rumors — that the governor's daughter was actually the mother of four-month-old Trig — was the rebuke that he probably wishes he had put out earlier. Those early rumors, which the bloggers successfully challenged the mainstream media to copy, were almost certainly first passed on to Daily Kos and his Internet ilk by someone in the dirty-tricks department of the Obama campaign, no doubt without the knowledge of the senator himself. It's how campaigns work.


The senator himself, by his own definition a born-again Christian, would have known that the evangelicals in the Republican base would respond to the eventual disclosure as they did, with kindness and sympathy for the Palins and their daughter. No one understands the power of forgiveness better than an evangelical Christian, whose faith is based on divine forgiveness. The irony of the media's attempt to apply the scarlet letter to the breast of a helpless teenager is that the pundits and poohbahs of the media, for whom the cheap and vulgar is rarely to be regarded as over the line, have cast themselves in the role of Grandma Grundy, the starchy hypocrite eager to pass harsh moral judgment on a teenage mistake in Lovers Lane.


The Philistines of the media might not get an invitation to the wedding, but Sarah Palin may yet have the satisfaction of inviting them to an inauguration.

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