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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 Dec. 22, 2006 / 1 Teves, 5767

The big task ahead for the new speaker

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nancy Pelosi, like Santa Claus, has a big mouth. Hers is more inviting, but just as likely as Santa's to make promises she can't keep.


Mzz Pelosi promises that the Democrats will deliver the squeaky cleaniest Congress anyone has lately seen. Her House will be straight and neat and you can even leave your valuables lying about.


But someone will have to keep an eye on the delegation from Louisiana, where public servants are always on the lookout for "opportunities," as in the famous declaration of a former governor who, on his way to prison, explained what happened: "I seen my opportunities, and I took 'em."


The 109th Congress, now assuming rigor mortis, leaves town with only jeers ringing in its collective ear. Bribery, (attempted) sodomy, thievery and assorted petty larcenies were the most prominent accomplishments of our worthies, and the most rabid partisans couldn't pin the high crimes and misdemeanors on a specific party. Pox on both of 'em.


The creepiest malefactor has to be Tom Foley, the Republican congressman from Florida who tried to turn the page dormitory into a bordello. Other members of Congress, including Dennis Hastert, the speaker, knew what Mr. Foley was doing but decided that his sins did not rise to the level of an ethical violation. Perhaps he was right. You have to have a standard to violate before you can violate a standard.


Mzz Pelosi's troops didn't try very hard to make a big deal of the Foley follies. They didn't want to stir up the lavender lobby in the House, and they figured if Mr. Hastert and the Republican leadership turned a blind eye the voters would punish the Republicans on Nov. 7. They reckoned correctly. If the Republicans had cut their losses and forced resignations of the guilty House leadership when the scandal first came to light, the president's party would have retained control of Congress.

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Now it turns out that the Democrats were as guilty as the Republicans in the ultimate Washington crime, the cover-up. The House ethics committee concluded that the Democrats also received copies of the e-mails written by Mr. Foley, who boasted of his manly prowess being too big for his britches. The page described them, with generous understatement, as "sick, sick, sick, sick." Mr. Foley will probably escape prosecution, though lately the feds have been tough on the sexual pursuit of children, with sentences ranging upward to 10 years for the pursuit of imaginary children on the Internet. Mr. Foley pursued actual children.


The high crimes and misdemeanors of William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democratic congressman who cools hot money in his food freezer, fall into a different category. Mzz Pelosi stiffed his bid to remain on the House Ways and Means Committee, which wasted his talent for managing money. Louisiana has a high tolerance for crooks, particularly colorful crooks, and if his home folks want to treat the congressman as an extravagant joke, who are his Democratic colleagues to argue? Besides, he hasn't been indicted or convicted of anything, and probably won't be.


So Mzz Pelosi is in a bit of a pickle because the Black Congressional Caucus thinks there's a double standard at play. Rep. Alan Mollohan of West Virginia, another Democrat, is under FBI scrutiny to see whether he violated the law in steering millions of federal dollars, none of it cooling in the freezer, to nonprofit groups connected to him. He's keeping his seat on the House Appropriations Committee and is even in line to become the chairman of a subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department budget. What a wee world.


But congressmen, like the rich they aspire to become, are very different from you and me. (Apologies to Scott Fitzgerald.)

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