In this issue

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 February 22, 2010 / 8 Adar 5770

Presidential petulance: When Obama feels thwarted, he sets Biden loose

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Americans didn't like it when the Obama administration announced in November it would try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court in New York City. A CNN poll indicated only 34 percent of respondents agreed with the president. Nearly twice as many (64 percent) said KSM should be tried by a military commission.

"Even a majority of Democrats and liberals say he should be tried by military authorities," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Many of the relatively few in New York who support a civilian trial for KSM don't want it held in their city. Their ranks swelled after Police Commissioner Ray Kelly estimated the cost of providing security would run $200 million a year.

This caused Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who initially supported the president's decision, to ask the administration to find some other place to hold the trial.

The administration, in its left-handed way, acknowledged the unpopularity of its decision, first by saying it would consider other sites, and then by saying it was Attorney General Eric Holder alone who had made the decision to try KSM in New York City. The president "is planning to insert himself into the debate" about where he should be tried, The Washington Post reported Feb. 12.

Finding another location won't be easy. One of the planes hijacked on 9/11 crashed in Pennsylvania, but don't think about holding the trial in Pennsylvania, said Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell.

Zacarias Moussaoui, the "20th hijacker," was tried in Northern Virginia, but don't think about bringing KSM to the Old Dominion, said Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.

In an interview with the Post, Mr. Holder left open the door to trying KSM by a military commission. One thing that seems clear is that he won't be tried in New York City, where the president's allies as well as his political adversaries oppose it.

So it seemed odd when Vice President Joe Biden chose last Sunday to pick a fight with Mayor Bloomberg about the location of the KSM trial.

"The mayor came along and said the cost for providing security to hold this trial is x-hundreds of millions of dollars which I think is much more than would be needed," Mr. Biden said on "Meet the Press."

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Mr. Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly have not responded in public to the vice president's charge. But other city officials indicated they are irked.

"No city should have to put up with the burden and risk of a trial so the administration can have a terroristic dog and pony show," said City Councilman Peter Vallone.

Mr. Vallone is a Democrat, as are most residents of America's most populous city. Why gratuitously offend them?

Some think it was just Slow Joe running off at the mouth again, and that if the president hopes to recover in the polls, he would be wise to bind and gag his vice president, and lock him in a closet for the duration of his term.

Others think Mr. Biden was saying what the president really feels.

"It's a sign of just how angry the White House is at having its plans to hold terror trials in New York City thwarted," said WCBS reporter Marcia Kramer.

Two prominent conservatives think the vice president was on a mission of distraction.

William McGurn of The Wall Street Journal thinks Mr. Biden's purpose was to distract attention from the fumbled handling of "Christmas bomber" Umar Abdulmutallab and a forthcoming flip-flop on a civilian trial for KSM.

"If you think his assignment was to use a Sunday show duel (with former Vice President Dick Cheney) to distract attention from the Obama administration's two big backtrackings on terror, you might want to give Joe a little more credit," Mr. McGurn wrote.

The historian Victor Davis Hanson thinks Mr. Obama keeps initiatives that are popular only with the far left — such as a civilian trial for KSM — in the news to distract their attention from the fact that he's greatly expanded the use of drones to kill terror suspects abroad and has kept in place most of the Bush anti-terror measures he castigated during the campaign.

His policy is "far more cynical than confusing," Mr. Hanson said.

I think Ms. Kramer has it right. The president's petulance at not getting his way overcomes good judgment.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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