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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 Nov. 21, 2006 / 30 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

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By Thomas Sowell


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Usually this would be too early to tell what the political alignment will be like when the new Congress convenes in January, with both Houses under the control of the Democrats. However, both Democrats and Republicans have already shot themselves in the foot when choosing their new Congressional leaders.


By a one-vote margin, the Republicans brought Senator Trent Lott back from well-deserved obscurity to become their new assistant minority leader or "whip" when the Senate meets in January.


Once the Republicans' majority leader, Senator Lott was dumped from that position after putting his foot in his mouth once too often by saying that the country might have been better off if we had elected Senator Strom Thurmond as President of the United States back in 1948, when he ran as a racial segregationist opposed to Harry Truman's civil rights platform.


The Republicans don't have many black votes to lose but a lot of people who are not black found Senator Lott's remark disturbing, if not disgusting. Nor is this the only issue on which Trent Lott has spouted off without regard for the implications of what he was saying.


Defenders of the selection of Senator Lott praise him as a savvy political technician who knows how to count votes and make deals. In other words, he is a pure politician, untainted by any tinge of statesman.


The same might be said of Nancy Pelosi, who will become the new Speaker of the House in January. The old political maxim to reward your friends and punish your enemies has dominated Congresswoman Pelosi's choices of Congressman Jack Murtha as House majority leader and Congressman Alcee L. Hastings as chairman of the committee on intelligence.


Both are unbelievably bad choices from the standpoint of the interests of the country or even of the Democratic Party. Their main qualification has been that their rivals for the posts were people to whom Nancy Pelosi has been hostile in the past.


Despite Pelosi's glib talk about making this the most ethical House of Representatives in history, she chose two people for leadership positions who have pasts that could be called shady, at best.


Congressman Jack Murtha was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam scandal — a fact that would undoubtedly have been brought out and repeated again and again in the media. Fortunately for Speaker-to-be Pelosi, her fellow Democrats voted down the nomination of Jack Murtha by an overwhelming majority.


An even worse decision by Nancy Pelosi was that of proposing Congressman Alcee L. Hastings to be chairman of the committee on intelligence. This man is one of only 13 federal judges in the entire history of the United States to be impeached and one of only seven to be removed from the bench.


The charge was accepting bribes and, though he was not convicted in a criminal trial, his fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives impeached him and the Senate, also controlled by Democrats, removed him from office.


In other words, he was too big a risk to leave on a federal court, whether or not the damning circumstantial evidence was enough for a jury. But now Speaker-to-be Pelosi apparently doesn't think it is too big a risk to put Congressman Hastings in charge of the nation's top secret intelligence.


No doubt international terrorist networks could offer much larger bribes for such information than a federal district judge could get and the consequences could be infinitely worse.


Nancy Pelosi, however, seems to have her eye fixed on the little picture — how she can use her new-found power to show Congresswoman Jane Harman who is boss, since Ms. Harman would ordinarily get that chairmanship on the basis of seniority.


Moreover, Congressman Hastings is black and anyone who opposes someone who is black risks the charge of "racism." Again, politics trumps statesmanship.


With North Korea and Iran both moving toward becoming nuclear powers while the United Nations chatters away, this is truly a time of enormous issues and petty "leaders."

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