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 Jan. 23, 2013/ 12 Shevat, 5773

Aiming at the Wrong Targets

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Back in 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote a highly controversial paper entitled "The Negro Family: A Case for National Action." In it he warned that "there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows large numbers of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future--that community asks for and gets chaos." It is precisely that chaos the forms the center of gun violence in the United States.

JWR contributor Larry Elder reveals the ugly truth. "The face of gun violence is not Sandy Hook. It is Chicago," he writes. "In 2012, President Barack Obama's adopted hometown had 506 murders, including more than 60 children. Philadelphia, a city that local television newscasters frequently call 'Killadelphia," saw 331 killed last year. In Detroit, 386 people were murdered…Of the 11,000 to 12,000 gun murders each year, more than half involve both black killers and black victims, mostly in urban areas and mostly gang-related. The No. 1 cause of preventable death for young black men is not auto accidents or accidental drowning, but homicide."


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60 dead children in Chicago is triple the number killed in Newtown. So why no national outrage? Two reasons come immediately to mind. First, the steady drip, drip of murder never elicits the same attention as a mass killing. That is a function of both human nature and a media that feeds on sensationalism, as opposed to relative insignificance, by comparison. Second, while killings in white, upper-middle class suburbs are relatively rare, dead black children in inner-city Chicago is "business as usual."

Why does the nation tolerate such business as usual?

Moynihan explained why in 1993, when he coined the phrase, "defining deviancy down." Moynihan was convinced that once society's tolerance for bad behavior reached its limit, the ensuing moral "deregulation" would lead to an overall lowering of standards. A overall lowering of standards has produced a number of unpleasant realities, including the desensitization to rotten behavior in general, and violence in particular.

Enter the Hollywood moguls and violent video game manufacturers who have both cultivated that deregulation and exploited it. This has elicited demands that their First Amendment rights be limited much in the way the Obama administration is trying to undermine Second Amendment rights. That's an easy trap to fall into, because the political divide, as in gun owners and their supporters tend to be conservative, while Hollywood, et al, is unabashedly liberal, makes the temptation to extract "payback" by the former group from the latter group hard to resist. But it should be resisted for a couple of reasons: this administration's contempt for the Constitution doesn't need buttressing; and two wrongs don't make a right.

Yet it is remarkable that no one talks about what the entertainment industry used to do before they willingly jumped headlong into the cultural sewer: they used to censor themselves. Or, more accurately, they used to have a sense of now anachronistic concepts known as decency, decorum and good taste. During his task force meetings, the ones where violent video game manufacturers and Hollywood entertainment moguls were given a pass for their undeniable and ongoing contributions to "business as usual"--which they all naturally denied--Vice President Joe Biden wondered aloud what was "coarsening our culture."

Here's a hint, Joe. Take the avalanche of social dysfunction that can be traced directly back to the cataclysmic changes precipitated during Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" initiative, which made it financially practical for fathers of families collecting welfare to abandon their children. Add in the American left's never-ending efforts to define deviancy down under the auspices of moral relativism, multiculturalism and non-judgmentalism--every one of which is designed to elevate pure emotionalism over rational thought--and you get what you got.

Thus the obvious question arises. Who benefits most when substantial numbers of Americans remain infatuated by the terminal adolescence that is defined by elevating emotionalism over reason? The journey this nation has taken from 1965 to the present could never have happened were it not for the most pernicious reality of all: the Democrat party needs a certain level of social dysfunction and/or moral decay such terminal adolescence elicits, to maintain their power base.

A substantial part of their constituency are Americans who are not only dependent on government, but who have less and less moral qualms about being so, irrespective of all the social dysfunction that inevitably emerges from that reality. It is Democrats who are constantly reminding minority Americans that they are victims of a terminally racist nation with no hope of succeeding on their own. It is Democrats who celebrate the "diversity" of family structures, even as millions of single-parent families endure the far higher percentages of social pathologies and economic deprivation than those that afflict two-parent households. It is Democrats who have taught entire generations of public school children what to believe, instead of how to think. It is Democrats for whom "success" is measured by how many people they can get on government programs, as opposed to off government programs.

In a genuine conversation about the "coarsening of our culture" Democrats might be forced to explain why they are so willing to maintain their political power at the expense of millions of under-educated, morally confused and government-dependent Americans, who provide the fodder for our ever-expanding welfare state. It is rather remarkable that Barack Obama has ridiculed Republicans on several occasions for desiring an "on your own" society, and precious few Americans can grasp the utter absurdity of the spirit-crushing, bankruptcy-inducing, freedom-sapping collectivist alternative this president and his fellow Democrats embrace.

Make no mistake: few things define deviancy down better than Democrats and Obama sending the message to millions of Americans that self-reliance, ambition, and individual liberty are really selfishness, greed and mean-spiritedness in disguise. It is a testament to Moynihan's prescience that we have reached a point where four words of overt historical revisionism--"you didn't' build that"--can trump more than two centuries of American exceptionalism in the addled minds of so many Americans.

It doesn't get more deviant than that--with the possible exception of using 20 dead school children in Newtown, and a few more as stage props in Washington, to advance the progressive agenda on gun control, even as Obama and his fellow travelers calculatingly ignore the cultural calamity of dependency and moral confusion for which they bear the lion's share--if not complete--responsibility.

Bottom line: the progressive agenda has done far more to damage this nation than guns ever will. When we have a conversation about that, maybe America will finally begin to heal itself.

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