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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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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

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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Sept. 16, 2008 / 16 Elul 5768

Campaign jokes are telling

By Tom Purcell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If there's truth in humor, what do late-night jokes tell us about the presidential campaign?

John McCain is old. Most jokes about him dwell on his age. None of the jokes are biting, however, and many are laugh-out-loud funny:

"Earlier today, John McCain released 1,200 pages of his m

edical records. Or, as his doctor calls it, Chapter One." — Conan O'Brien "Cindy McCain sprained her wrist. Doctors say it's nothing serious — she probably did it cutting John McCain's meat into little tiny pieces." — Craig Ferguson

"Good news for John McCain — his poll numbers are up 4 percent, liver spots down 3 percent." — Jay Leno

Where jokes are concerned, there hasn't been much interest in Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden, but that may change if he keeps making gaffes:

"Joe Biden put his foot in his mouth the other day. He told a crowd that Hillary is as qualified or more qualified that he is. Plus she still has her original hair." — Jay Leno

However, there's tremendous energy surrounding Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Initially, the Palin jokes were nasty and targeted her political positions aggressively. Several jokes attacked Palin by way of her 17-year-old daughter, as reflected in this Conan O'Brien line:

"Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has many views. She says she's opposed to same-sex marriage. Yeah, Palin says everyone knows marriage isn't for gay people; it's for pregnant teenagers."

Other jokes tried to frame her as a good-looking ditz, a gun-toting nut job and a white-trash hick:

"The McCain people believe Americans will disregard her inexperience because they will fall in love with her story. She was a runner-up in the 1984 Miss Alaska Pageant, which may sound trite, but you try walking in high-heeled snow shoes." — Bill Maher

"I saw that they're selling Sarah Palin action figures. Sad incident at Toys R Us today — a Sarah Palin doll shot My Little Pony." — Jimmy Kimmel

"We're learning more about Sarah Palin. It turns out she and her entire family once had a chair-throwing brawl on 'Jerry Springer.'" — David Letterman

Now that Palin has upended the election — notions of her as a ditzy religious-right radical are not sticking — the tenor of the Palin jokes appears to be changing. There appear to be fewer biting jokes — fewer in which she is the butt of the gags, as reflected in this line:

"Sources in North Korea say that dictator Kim Jong Il is very sick. He may have to shift power to one of his three sons. Still, there's an out-of-the-box chance he'll pick Sarah Palin." — Conan O'Brien

A recent New York Times report examined why comics are having trouble getting a comedic bead on Obama. Is it because he's the new guy on the block and deserving of some slack? That he's the first black presidential candidate? That some in the audience are so attached to him they don't laugh at jokes about him? Or that he hasn't yet slipped up badly enough to give comics a fat, juicy theme?

Whatever the cause, comics use Obama to set up jokes, but he's hardly ever been the butt of them. Here's a very funny example:

"Barack Obama gave a speech in Germany and 200,000 people showed up. There were so many Germans shouting and screaming that France surrendered just in case." — Craig Ferguson

Now that Obama's fortunes have shifted — he's no longer the front-runner and trails in various polls — the jokes appear to be changing. His rock-star status is the butt of this one:

"They're saying that Barack Obama is starting to slip in the polls. But don't worry. He has a plan. He's going to go back to campaigning in Europe." — David Letterman

Some accuse late-night comics of hitting Republicans harder than Democrats, but, for the most part, they go wherever the laughs are — their jokes often reflect what America is really thinking.

If Obama starts becoming the butt of jokes — if the comics begin mocking his inability to win, as they did John Kerry in 2004 — that won't bode well for his chances in November.

I doubt Obama supporters will find anything funny about that.

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