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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

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

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

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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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

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review March 28, 2007 / 9 Nissan, 5767

Presidential pinatas

By Dave Weinbaum

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sometimes it pays to investigate the motivation of those that would sacrifice a normal life to become the most powerful person in the universe…the president of the United States of America. Is the third grade assumption correct? Are those that run selfless sacrificers?

From my experience, it's deeper and in some a bit sinister.

Below are some givens for the prez wannabes.

Millions of dollars need to be raised from supporters that want things in return.

Every closet you ever opened or closed will be forensically examined.

Every relative, friend, ex-lover, business partner, teacher, ex-spouse, and anyone with an ax to grind against you will be given front page coverage.

You and yours will be lied about by your opponents and the press.

If you are "lucky" enough to be elected, the character assassinations will increase, not abate.

In other words, from the moment you announce, a target is lasered to your buttocks. Your enemies and the press will collaborate in performing crude proctology on you….with steel pointed boots.

My psychiatrist said, "For the tenth time, Weinbaum, you're not paranoid!" I said, "So, you're one of them!"

All the above had me curious. So, I consulted with my psychiatrist, Dr. Barry Strange MD., PHD. I like Dr. Strange because he's the only shrink I know that serves complimentary nuts.

I asked if he could diagnose some presidents and candidates to work up a psychological profile on the motivations of those that run.

Below are Dr. Stranges' analyses.

1. Paranoids-Bill and Hillary fit into this category. They really believe in that "Right Wing Conspiracy" thing. Their paranoia serves them well by energizing their base, all conspiracy theorists, themselves. Richard Nixon rates high with his enemy list and strange praying incident with his Secretary of State, Dr. Kissinger. A good paranoid loves company.

2. Masochists-Once again, Bubba makes the bill. He invited the Republicans from around America to attack him by provoking them with sex in strange oval places and lying to a Grand Jury about it. President Clinton proved he couldn't govern unless he rallied all his enemies against him. The piñata position was his most comfy. Too bad he was so preoccupied; he let Osama off the hook 13 times. Guess Monica carried the big stick in that relationship.

3. Napoleon Complex-Joe Biden must dream of himself as a great leader. His mouth could form an entire piñata in and of itself. Then there's John "Reporting for Duty" Kerry, a one man wrecking crew…to his own party.

4. Oedipus Complex-They just can't let go of "Mommy" (the presidency). Freud would have a psychological orgy with this one. These ex-presidents banter, blast, interrupt, and complicate the natural succession of power that comes with term limits and elections. They just can't seem to let "Mommy" go. Carter and Clinton are in constant need of the presidential tit. I suggest a surrogate where these Mama boys can suck up some boss milk. I know Bubba would go for this. One observation: This seems to be an exclusive disease of past Democrat commanders in chiefs.

5. Superiority Complex-Yeah, they'll pander to us and tell us anything they think will get them elected regardless of what they said yesterday or how they'll govern. Why? Because in their minds they are the elite intellect of the universe. The world needs them…according to…them. Hillary, Gore, Bill, McCain, and Kerry come to mind. Of Bill's slickness one could hate the weed, but admire its' tenacity. Gore was a complete disaster, going to the extremes of different postures, sounds, and even more rouge than Katherine Harris in one debate, supposedly to look like Reagan. I knew Ronald Reagan. Reagan was a friend of mine. Al, you're no Ronald Reagan.

The healthiest mentally seems to be maintained in people that understand that government service shouldn't be looked at as a lifetime job. Those that do other things before and after office seem healthiest. Ford and Reagan both lived well into their 90's without the constant carping at their successors. George Bush Sr. is well on his way unless he forgets to open his chute. Bush Jr. will have no problem going back to his ranch ala Reagan. Harry Truman retired to Kansas with his beloved Bess.

Sadly, these are the exceptions.

Why would anyone want to be in an office where he'll be attacked viciously by just about half the world at least for 4 years?

The good Doc concluded with a nice ditty for those that must be president.

"Bend me shake me any way you want me, as long as you vote for me, it's all right…"

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