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 May 30, 2010 / 18 Sivan 5770

Sloth in charge

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We live in an Alice in Wonderland world when Sarah (drill, baby, drill!) Palin credibly can accuse President Barack Obama of being in bed with Big Oil. But some liberals suspect this may be so.

"People are begging, crying for you (Mr. Obama) to get down here, to get involved. We're dying down here," Democratic consultant James Carville, who is from Louisiana, literally screamed Wednesday during an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning, America" program.

To forestall more such criticism, President Obama visited the Gulf coast Friday to see for himself the oil lapping up from the explosion April 20 that destroyed British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

I suspect he spent as little time as he possibly could with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is furious with the feds for stalling his requests for action.

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who is coordinating the federal response (such as it has been), said the administration has deferred to BP to plug the leak -- which is in 5,000 feet of water 50 miles off the Louisiana coast -- because the government lacks the expertise and equipment to do the job.

This is, alas, true. But Gov. Jindal wonders why the feds have dithered on his request for permission to build 80 miles of sand berms to keep the oil out of Louisiana's wetlands. Plugging a leak in 5,000 feet of water is technologically difficult. Building a sand berm is not.

BP's latest effort to plug the leak seems to be working. But far less oil would be lapping up on Gulf Coast beaches if the feds had followed through on the interagency response plan for a major spill that was completed in 1994. It called for burning the oil in place with fire booms. Ron Gouguet, who as the spill response coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had helped write the plan, told the Mobile Press-Register fire booms could have captured 95 percent of the oil that spilled from the well.

But when Deepwater Horizon blew, neither the federal government nor BP had a fire boom on hand. One was hastily ordered from a manufacturer in Illinois, but the feds waited eight days before conducting a test burn. Why?

"Certain environmental groups have long opposed the 1994 federal response plan ... that called for burning any oil spill right away," wrote John Fund of The Wall Street Journal. "(Coast Guard) Rear Adm. Mary Landry (who preceded Adm. Allen as response coordinator) told reporters that burning the oil mean a 'black plume of smoke' that could affect birds and mammals."

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said May 2 "this was a situation that was treated as a possible catastrophic failure from Day One." But nine days elapsed before Ms. Napolitano took the bureaucratic steps necessary to permit the Department of Defense to assist.

Liberals believe the oil spill was caused by inadequate regulation. Responding to that belief, Mr. Obama announced additional regulations Thursday.

But the evidence suggests the problem is inadequate regulators.

"Federal regulators responsible for oversight of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico allowed industry officials several years ago to fill in their own inspection reports in pencil -- and then turned them over to regulators, who then traced over them in pen before submitting the reports to the agency, according to an inspector general's report," The New York Times reported Monday.

No reasonable person could expect Mr. Obama personally to make sure the feds had fire booms on hand, or to check up on the bureaucrats at the Minerals Management Service. But a more proactive president wouldn't have waited nine days before saying anything about the crisis or 12 days before visiting the region.

When Mr. Obama did speak, it was mostly to insist BP pay the costs of cleanup. That's nice. But Americans are more interested in containing the damage than in who will pay for it afterwards.

Mr. Obama has worked harder to avoid blame for the oil spill than to clean it up. That is not the leadership we expect from a president.

"I was led to believe that a powerful and active federal government would be good for society at large," said lawyer/blogger Pejman Yousefzadeh. "But unfortunately the federal government's ability to be powerful and active is not as pronounced as its ability to be meddlesome when its help is not wanted and slothful when its help is actually needed."

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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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