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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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 Nov. 3, 2005 / 1 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

There's something eminently jestworthy about the Dems' wild indignation in wake of Libby indictment

By Bob Tyrrell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Historians eventually come to the rescue of truth. Unfortunately they take their own sweet time. They pore over documents. They interview the culprits. By the time they unveil their findings all the liars are crepes suzettes for the worms, and the aggrieved are passé too.

With the indictment of the Vice President's chief of staff, L. "Scooter" Libby, after a two-year investigation by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, one would think calm might befall this great city as the courts take over and the pols return to finish off a war, defend the homeland from terrorists, and perhaps reform the tax code. Au contraire , instead all hell broke loose, at least among the Democratic leadership — the rest of the country seems unconcerned. Fitzgerald's indictment is contained to one man, Libby. He allegedly unmasked to the press a covert CIA agent, who in recent years worked in suburban northern Virginia. Then Libby allegedly lied about it under oath. The Democratic leadership apparently believes the pretty female agent could have been assassinated, presumably while shopping among the foreign agents in nearby cosmopolitan Tysons Corner or right there in the produce section at the Safeway, bashed by a coconut-hurling assassin.

Okay, okay, so I jest. Yet there is something eminently jestworthy about the Democrats' wild indignation in the wake of this indictment. Their leading blunderbuss, Senator Harry Reid, insists that the suave President George W. Bush apologize. Said Reid, "He should apologize, the Vice President should apologize. They should come clean with the American people."

Oh yes, and the president's chief adviser, Karl Rove, who is apparently innocent of any crime, should resign or be fired, Reid believes. Perhaps the Democratic leadership would be kind enough to suggest a replacement. How about John Podesta, President Bill Clinton's last chief of staff? Podesta has had plenty of experience with scandals. Though there is a difference between the scandals of Clinton and the scandal of Bush, namely, Clinton's involved his willfully perpetrating a wide range of wrongdoing from campaign finance violations, to abuse of power, to coitus non-interruptus while in the office. Bush's scandal involves the Kultursmog's criminalization of politics. An anti-Bush adventurer, Joseph Wilson IV, smeared the administration's war effort with a mélange of lies, half-truths and canards, provoking some White House aides to "smear" Wilson, that is to say, to identify him accurately as a politically-motivated antagonist.

The issue, say the Democrats, is this administration's shockingly low "ethical standards." Well in light of the Democrats' complicity in the Clinton Administration's scandals, cover-ups, and abuses of power, I think they have picked the wrong issue. The historians will sort this all out, but it takes time.

The other night here in Washington the historically-minded held one of Washington's most amusing events, the 28th-Annual Pumpkin Papers Irregulars dinner. It is a dinner that focuses on the most recent revelations about one of modern America's most overwrought and unnecessary controversies, the trial and perjury conviction of Alger Hiss, with special attention devoted to the ongoing debate over one of American liberalism's great heroes. Hiss fashioned what has become a reliable liberal tactic, to wit, lie, lie despite all the evidence against you, lie brazenly, lie heroically.

Hiss denied he ever was a Russian spy. He insisted that he told the truth at his perjury trial. His conviction was a miscarriage of justice. For years liberals argued on his behalf. At the dinner the other night, Prof. G. Edward White, himself a liberal but one susceptible to historians' revelations, talked of new findings about Hiss that make it clear Hiss was a liar and a spy. For one, from the time of Hiss's conviction not one piece of exculpatory evidence was unearthed. Yet as the years proceeded and Hiss lied so heroically, the majority of the intelligentsia and the media came to agree on Hiss's innocence. At least that was the common wisdom by the 1970s.

By the 1990s the Soviet archives had opened. Scholars such as White and others discovered that Hiss was working with the Soviets up until the time he was exposed. Moreover American intelligence from what we now call the Venona intercepts knew all about his espionage connections. The longstanding Hiss controversy was utterly unnecessary save for the fact that liberals are easily duped and often very good liars.

I believe today's Democratic leadership contains some very good liars. They know that whatever Libby's guilt, the president has nothing to apologize for. Yet they want to create as much scandal as possible. Some say it is payback time for the Clinton scandals. The difference, of course, is that Clinton was caught and even admitted his guilt in an affidavit for the independent counsel. Bush has had nothing to do with the present scandal, and at this point it is unclear anyone committed a crime — unless it is a crime for an administration aide to defend the administration against another of the liberals' liars, Joe Wilson IV. Historians will get to the truth here, but by the time they do liberals will not care. They might not even exist.

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