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. 28, 2013/ 17 Shevat, 5773

The New Normal of Rampant Dim-Bulbism

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So I'm reading the Peggy Noonan, George Will and other conservative writers pitching the idea that Obama and the rest of his Marxist/socialist bunch have overplayed their hands, and it's just a matter of time until conservatism comes roaring back. Snap out of it, guys. Exhibits A, B, and C, aka the three biggest news stories that have captured the attention of the American electorate over the past three weeks, reveals the truth.

Exhibit A is the Lance Armstrong/Oprah Winfrey confession-fest. A couple of multimillionaires getting down and dirty on Oprah's OWN TV network, complete with a tears-on-cue bit from the bicyclist, and a lot of pre-show promotion by the "Queen of Daytime TV" about how Lance was going "bring it." The only thing the Big O was looking for Lance to "bring" was decent TV ratings for her foundering network. Close, but no cigar. The numbers were impressive, but Lance the Liar finished second to Oprah's interview with deceased singer Whitney Houston's family members. One thing is certain: America has a fascination with drug addicts. And despite the semi-meager numbers, Lance was Topic A for the mainstream media.

But let's give the electorate some "credit" here. Lance is not the only distraction in the bread and circuses nation we've become. Here's some perspective from website "The Wrap" which tracks American TV appetites, via the ratings: "The Armstrong numbers were good but by no means spectacular. By comparison, the recent TLC special 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: A Very Boo Halloween' earned 3.1 million [viewers]. On the same night, Jan. 6, 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' had its highest-rated episode of the season with 3.7 million."


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Exhibit B? Manti Te'o, a Notre Dame linebacker and his made-up girl friend. Another sob-story that turned out to be a hoax. In a better nation, this one would have as much staying power as a 60-year old who lost his bottle of Viagra. In America, this one is still going, strong a full month-and-a half after it happened. Compare that to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's already-getting-stale testimony on Benghazi. Anyone want to bet on which story most Americans are more up to speed? Perhaps Hillary herself put it best: when it comes to four dead Americans, "what difference, at this point, does it make?" Hillary did answer one question beyond the shadow of a doubt, however. When it comes to that so-called 3AM phone call, and who's going to take it--bet your life it's an answering machine.

Exhibit C is yet another low-IQ riveter: Beyoncé Knowles lip-synching the National Anthem. No doubt the only viable alternative for this semi-talented songstress would have been reading the words from a tele-prompter as she sang. I have little doubt that most of the Americans upset by this pseudo-spectacle would need a lyric sheet for our national anthem as well. Again in a better nation, standard operating procedure for a pop music industry where this kind of stuff goes on all the time, would have been a ho-hum. In America, you've got a president who can tell the crowd that "preserving our individual freedom ultimately requires collective action," and they can swallow what amounts to the complete antithesis of American exceptionalism, giving Obama a round of applause to boot. Beyonce Knowles lip-synching the National Anthem? A national scandal that must be talked about for days.

Now I ask you, does that sound anything like the kind of nation that will even know, much less care, when this president has overplayed his hand? Sorry conservatives, but self-inflicted Dim-Bulbism is the "new normal." It is the new normal for a media whose collective leg-tingling leaves them willfully oblivious to the corruption of this administration, as their non-coverage of serious scandals have shown. It is the new normal for the American electorate, the majority of which is now comprised of dumbed-down, self-absorbed semi-literate nitwits, their government keepers, and a cabal of crony capitalists, one of whom can apparently remain above persecution, even after his firm lost $1.5 billion of customer funds.

It is the new normal where among other things, requiring picture ID for voting constitutes "voter suppression," four dead Americans in Benghazi and three more in Algeria constitutes terror "on the run," and almost $17 trillion of national debt means, according to the president, "America doesn't have a spending problem."

That's today's America, my fellow conservatives. Waiting for the president to overplay his hand is delusional. Here's a better idea: get some thoughtful attorneys to focus on ground zero, namely the public school system. I believe it's possible to challenge liberal dogma, that currently remains unchallenged in our schools, using a new approach. Every time progressives attempt to foist ideology that cannot be verified either scientifically or historically on gullible school children, file class-action lawsuits demanding that the separation of church and state liberals themselves demand, be enforced. Make the argument in court that unproven dogma is tantamount to religion, and should be handled in the public schools exactly as religion has been. When kids can learn as much about the G0D as they do about Gaia--or nothing about either in our schools--the nation may come to its senses.

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