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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 Oct. 7, 2010 / 29 Tishrei, 5771

I Got the Horse Right Here

By Cal Thomas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In 1977, things were similarly gloomy. The misery index under President Jimmy Carter reflected the mood of many Americans. The president would come to speak of an America that had seen its best days and he told us we were going to have to cut back on everything, including our vision of a greater America.

Along came a big Broadway musical that year called "Annie." It touched the country's unique chord of optimism and promised, "the sun'll come out tomorrow." Most who saw it came away believing that the sun would, in fact, come out again and that things would eventually get better.

Now we are in the midst of another national funk and there is a new cultural rescue boat coming just in time to save us from the flood of our current depression. It is a film called "Secretariat" and it is far more than entertainment; it is the artistic equivalent of a caffeine jolt, a Red Bull for the spirit.


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The story of the 1973 Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing winner, "Secretariat" is "The Blind Side" meets "Chariots of Fire" meets "National Velvet." It is "Annie" on four legs. It is not only a story about a powerful thoroughbred, but also the story of Penny Chenery Tweedy (played magnificently by Diane Lane with a strong supporting cast led by the hilarious John Malkovich). In the film, Tweedy refuses to take "no" and "can't do" and "no one has ever done this before" as final answers.

Overcoming blatant sexism and condescension from a parade of men, along with opposition from her brother and the doubts of her husband, Penny has faith that her horse -- Secretariat -- can do what no horse had done in 25 years (and no other horse has done since "Affirmed" in 1978): win the Kentucky Derby and both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the latter by an astounding and unsurpassed 31 lengths.

"Secretariat" is one of those feel good movies Hollywood makes every now and then to remind us it does not have amnesia about real American values and what at least Middle America -- sometimes derisively referred to as flyover territory -- craves.

The sound team should get an Oscar, as should Lane, Malkovich and director Randall Wallace, whose previous films include "Braveheart," "Pearl Harbor" and "The Man in the Iron Mask." The film also deserves an Oscar nomination for best picture. Cinematographer Dean Semler's close-ups make the audience feel as though it is riding the horse. The editing by John Wright is first-rate.

Critics of the formulaic and often violent and sex-drenched films that are the norm for Hollywood these days should support "Secretariat" by taking themselves and family members to see it. Nothing guarantees more films of this kind than to see it among the top grossing movies in Variety magazine.

If you are in a funk over the current state of political and economic affairs, you will come away feeling better after seeing "Secretariat." You will also believe that you can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in your own life with the kind of determination and grit displayed by Penny Tweedy. Run, don't walk to the nearest multiplex. Spread the word. You'll believe again that anything is possible for Americans and America. "Secretariat" opens nationwide on Oct. 8.


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