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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 Oct. 17, 2008 / 18 Tishrei 5769

A few days late, a dollar short

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Too little, and maybe too late. John McCain had his best night in the third and, thankfully, the final presidential debate. He pressed Barack Obama, but not hard enough. This was what he should have done at Ole Miss, giving him abundant follow-up time.


He pressed Mr. Obama hard enough to force him to abuse a few of the facts (we should say "lie," but you're supposed to be extra nice to a messiah). This debate attracted the smallest audience of the three, and who's surprised? Mr. Obama, who enjoys so much glassy-eyed adoration he thinks he's cool enough not to get called out on lies by the adoring media. He's right about that.


John McCain is by instinct a puncher, a jabber. He never goes for a knockout. He never even throws the really hard one, even to an inviting glass jaw. Mr. McCain seemed to assume that everyone knows the Obama-Ayers story, and he felt no need to explain who William Ayers is, and was, and why the connection matters.


Except for the junkies with nothing better to do with their lives but inspect the commas, semicolons and clintonclauses in the transcripts, voters rarely pay close attention, relying on hunches, guesses and intuition. If there's something wrong with the several versions that Mr. Obama has told of this story, and there is, it has to be clearly spelled out.


There's plenty wrong with Mr. Obama's nursery-school version of the story of "just a guy in my neighborhood." This was not Mr. Rogers' neighborhood. On Wednesday night, Mr. Obama described Bill Ayers as "just a education reformer."


Not quite that, either.


Sol Stern, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has studied the man and his mission, such as it is, for years.


"His hatred of America is as virulent as when he planted a bomb at the Pentagon," he writes in an op-ed essay in the Wall Street Journal. "This hatred informs his education 'reform' efforts. Of course Mr. Obama isn't going to appoint him to run the education department. But the media mainstreaming of a figure like Mr. Ayers could have terrible consequences for the country's politics."


Mr. Stern traces the trajectory of the Ayers career since he gave up bombing and burning and returned to school at Columbia University's Teachers College to get the credentials needed to organize nothing less than inner-city madrassas, not to teach jihad in the name of Islam, but to indoctrinate children in hatred of capitalism, of America and its democratic institutions. He was mentored by Maxine Greene, who describes a coming "critical pedagogy" that will portray "homelessness as a consequence of the private dealings of landlords, an arms build-up as a consequence of corporate decisions, racial exclusion as a consequence of a private property-holder's choice. This was music to the ears of the ex-Weatherman [as his wife Bernadine Dohrn]."


Barack Obama, who listened to his radical religious mentor say similarly poisonous things over 20 years in the pew, knew all this when he joined Bill Ayers on the board of the Woods Foundation to shower money on such radical schools in Chicago. This was not when the senator was 8 years old, as he says, but when he was a mature man in his early 40s. You're entitled to regard a man of 40 as an adult, even when he resists being a grown-up. This is not guilt by association, but guilt as an accessory before the fact.


With Michelle Obama measuring the new draperies for the White House, he's beginning to lose his reluctance to say what he's really got in store for America. He told "Joe the plumber" of his plan to redistribute - not "spread" - the wealth, the dream of red-bone socialists for a century. "My attitude is that if the economy's good enough for folks from the bottom up, it's good for everybody." He didn't say how he expects to make the wealth defy the law of gravity, to "trickle up." Maybe only messiahs can do that.


The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who describes Mr. Obama as part of his family, has great expectations, too. He expects a worldwide apology tour to all those freeloaders in Europe and applauders of evil in the Middle East. With a certain glee, he tells Charlie Hurt of the New York Post that "decades of putting Israel first" will be over, and amends will be made to Palestinian radicals.


Jesse Jackson, who once called New York City "Hymietown," obviously doesn't speak for Barack Obama, but he clearly speaks for Mr. Obama's most devoted constituency. If John McCain and his friends can't catch up before Nov. 4, there will be plenty of time to nurse his regrets - and ours - that he never aimed the facts at that glass jaw.

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