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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. 11, 2012/ 24 Elul, 5772

TRUTH, G0D AND JERUSALEM AT THE DNC

By Cal Thomas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In a speech resembling a TV re-run (the liberal website The Daily Beast called it "dull"), President Obama accepted his party's nomination for a second term. In doing so, he made the most ludicrous claim of this campaign, indeed, of his presidency: "You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth."

With this president, truth telling remains an unfulfilled promise. Telling Democrats what they want to hear was what the Charlotte convention was all about.

Perhaps the only truth-teller at the convention was Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. In his benediction, Dolan stood against the anti-life tide of the Democratic Party when he prayed: "Thus do we praise you for the gift of life. Grant us the courage to defend it, life, without which no other rights are secure. We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected."



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It was a gutsy move by Dolan. But, according to Media Research Center's NewsBusters, "The only networks respectful enough to show the prayer in its entirety without interruption were Fox News, Fox Business and C-SPAN. ABC, CNN, and PBS kept it in the background, while talking over it. MSNBC completely ignored it." Dolan's prayer was also a rebuke to a convention that failed to include the word "G0d" in its party platform. The three voice votes appeared to favor omitting any reference to G0d in the Democrats' platform, but because of how it would look to some religious voters, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the convention chairman, declared the necessary two-thirds majority vote. The response? Boos from the crowd.

The party platform would be more truthful had it left G0d out. Would G0d approve of abortion on demand and same-sex marriage? Not according to the Book delegates could consult in their hotel rooms. A convention dominated by the left's fixation on this modern form of child sacrifice, along with contraception and same-sex marriage, is not the type of agenda likely to find favor with G0d, or appeal to many in Middle America. Bigger government programs to "help" the poor reach the middle class are unlikely to cover this multitude of sins.

I would be perfectly fine if both parties stopped talking about G0d. In fact, I would prefer politicians end their speeches with something other than "G0d bless you and G0d bless America." What's wrong with "thank you for listening and good night"? Why should G0d bless America? What are we doing that would earn His favor? This is sloppy theology that any first-year seminary student, or serious layman, could dissect.

Then there is the matter of Jerusalem. In the Democratic Party's 2008 platform, distinct reference was made to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel," it stated. That language went missing in 2012, though it was later reinstated. The 2012 platform addition now reads: "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths." Why was the language omitted in the first place? Could the omission have been a reflection of the Democrats' desire for Muslim votes?

A major reason why the Obama acceptance speech was regarded as "dull" is his overexposure. He's on TV too many times a day, every day. We've heard it all before. Instead of a crescendo in Charlotte, President Obama became his own diminuendo.

Friday's jobs report didn't help the president's claim of an improving economy with better days ahead in a second term. The official percentage of unemployed declined slightly from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent, but that may be because many of the unemployed have stopped looking for work.

If voters elected this president to "tell the truth," can he be fired for not telling it? We'll know in less than two months.


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