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 April 28, 2014 / 28 Nissan, 5774

Time for another Constitutional Convention

By Joseph Perkins

JewishWorldReview.com | John Paul Stevens spent 35 years on the Supreme Court, during which span he “evolved,” as his hagiographers put it, from a preponderantly conservative jurist to “one of the court’s most outspoken liberal voices,” as PBS’ Judy Woodruff described him, lovingly.

The former associate justice retired from the high court four years ago, when he turned 90. But the nonagenarian did not go gently into the good night.

In 2011, he wrote his Supreme Court memoir. And, just this month, Stevens dropped his latest book, in which he proposes six constitutional amendments that, to his mind, would make America a better place.

• He would rewrite the Second Amendment to stipulate that only a state’s militia has the right to keep and bear arms, and not those of us who simply want to protect our homes and our families.

• He would similarly rewrite the Eighth Amendment to explicitly declare capital punishment unconstitutionally “cruel and unusual punishment.”

• He would limit campaign contributions by rewriting the First Amendment.

• He would ban gerrymandered congressional and state legislative districts by requiring “compact and composed contiguous territory.”

• He would withdraw the sovereign immunity of the 50 states from liability for violating the Constitution or an act of Congress.

• And he would grant Congress new powers to require states to perform federal duties in emergencies.

Stevens recognizes that he almost certainly will not live to see his six proposed amendments added to the Constitution. And that’s not just because he’s 94 years of age. It’s also because of the extremely daunting process for amending the Constitution.

Indeed, a proposed amendment would require a resolution approved by two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate. Then it would require ratification of three-quarters of the 50 states.

So daunting is that process that the Constitution has been amended only 18 times in the past 223 years. That includes the 10 amendments that make up the Bill of Rights.

To pass a half-dozen amendments, as Stevens proposes, in fewer than a hundred years or so requires some serious outside-the-box thinking.

Like invoking – for the first time in U.S. history – the clause in Article V of the Constitution, which specifies that, if two-thirds of state legislatures demand a meet-up, Congress “shall call a convention for proposing amendments.”

As it happens, we just might be on the verge of a Constitutional Convention.

Indeed, while it hasn’t dominated cable news – compared with, say, CNN’s saturation coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 – Michigan this month appeared to become the 34th state legislature to call for such a convention, which would meet the requirements of Article V.

While most of the amendments proposed by former justice Stevens would be dead-on-arrival at a potential Constitutional Convention, there just might be bipartisan support for one or two – like making states liable for violating the Constitution or an act of Congress or, maybe, banning gerrymandered congressional and state legislative districts.

Meanwhile, a Constitutional Convention could very well result in the addition of several worthy amendments that have been a long time coming. Most notably, a balanced-budget amendment stating that Congress may spend no more each fiscal year than the revenue it brings in.

The prospect of such a requirement being constitutional law rather than statutory law – which both Congress and the president routinely ignore – is what provided much of the impetus for the prospective constitutional amendment.

An amendment that explicitly guarantees Americans the “right to privacy” would be almost as popular as the balanced-budget amendment, in the wake of revelations about the government’s warrantless monitoring of emails, cellphone records, bank transactions, etc.

And a victims’-rights amendment, giving crime victims the same standing before the law as the criminally accused, would also garner substantial support.

It’s been more than two centuries since nation’s lawgivers gathered for a Constitutional Convention. The sequel is long overdue.

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