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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

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 Sept. 26, 2008 / 26 Elul 5768

Politics at the edge of an abyss

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Now is the time for every good man to come to the aid of the country. The economy's teetering on the edge of an abyss of unknown depth, Democrats and Republicans are wrestling with the devils of banking and the demons of high finance (elbowing each other for partisan advantage), and nobody has a clue about what, exactly, to do about the abyss. At least not a clue worth $700 billion.

John McCain suspends his campaign to hie to Washington to join the wrestling match, vowing to stay until there's an agreement if not necessarily a solution, and invites his presidential rival to join him. This is the gesture the naive among us would have expected from Barack Obama, if only he had thought of it first.

The anointed One, who has bent our sore ears for two years about how important it is to put partisanship aside and "reach across the aisle" to get things done on his terms, is eager only to vote "present," that wonderful rabbit hole of delay, evasion and avoidance that congressmen reserve for themselves. He's not experienced in many things but he's got a lot of experience in voting "present" when it's decision time. He thinks that when the going gets tough, the tough get going, this time to the land of cotton where old times there are trying to be forgotten, to talk about foreign affairs. If he can't be coaxed to do the right thing John McCain should send Sarah Palin to Mississippi. They're evenly matched. The governor lives next door to Vladimir Putin and the senator once bravely ordered piroshki and borscht at the old Russian Tea Room.

John McCain, so sniffs the mainstream media, the bloggers and the Obama handlers, is trying to run from a fight because his poll numbers are tanking (though Gallup's daily tracking poll now finds the race dead-even again) and he's desperate for a gimmick. Rep. Barney Frank, who as the congressional errand boy for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was an enabler of this mess, sneers that the McCain ploy is "the longest Hail Mary in the history of hails and Marys." But who's desperate? The Obama camp dispatched Rep. Alcee Hastings, who was impeached and thrown off the federal bench for taking a $150,000 bribe to go easy on a couple of racketeers, to inject a little race baiting into their faltering campaign in Florida. "If Sarah Palin isn't enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama," the black congressman told a group of retired Jews, "then you damn well better pay attention. Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't [sic] care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks." It was the most overt use of hate speech yet.

Bill Clinton, continuing to give Barack Obama the help the nominee deserves, gets John McCain's point. "We know he didn't do it because he's afraid, because Senator McCain wanted more debates," he told ABC News. "You can put [the debate] off for a few days [but] the problem is that it's hard to reschedule these things. I presume he did it in good faith since I know he wanted - I remember he asked for more debates to go around the country - and so I don't think we ought to overly parse that." He even had a few kind words for George W. "I thought his [Wednesday night speech] was the clearest statement of why we're in the fix we're in."

If the debate goes on Friday night in Oxford he thinks the two candidates should extend the debate beyond foreign affairs because foreign affairs are issues of national security, where John McCain excels and where Barack Obama hardly knows what a foreign affair is. Bubba's praise for Sen. McCain, however faint, follows Joe Biden's rebuke of the Obama television commercials mocking the senator's physical disabilities acquired at the Hanoi Hilton. (The McCain headquarters might send Bubba a couple of McCain-Palin bumper stickers, with one for Hillary, who may have the biggest stake of all in this campaign.)

The anointed One finally got to Washington Thursday, fearful of getting within range of the cameras lest he appear to have walked into a trap of unwanted perceptions, and accepted George W.'s invitation to sit down with him and John McCain at the White House. Dealing with the unexpected is uncharted territory for Mr. Obama, with no maps, no precedents, no teleprompter and no occasion to make a speech.

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