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December 2, 2014

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 10, 2011 / 6 Iyar, 5771

A helluva show that may have profound implications

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Once and probably future Harvard Prof. Michael Ignatieff deserves a footnote in the history books for making what almost certainly was the most bone-headed move in the history of electoral politics.

You probably haven't heard of Mr. Ignatieff and his blunder because he's a Canadian politician. Americans are about as interested in developments in our neighbor to the North as we are in synchronized swimming. News coverage of Canada reflects that.

The excitement last week over Osama bin Laden reduced news coverage of Canada's national election May 2 "from 0 percent of network airtime to 0.0000 percent of network airtime," said Canadian expatriate Mark Steyn.

That's too bad, because we missed a helluva show that may have profound implications.

Canada has a "first past the post" parliamentary system and, until a week ago Monday, four major political parties: the Liberals, the Conservatives, the New Democrats, and the Bloc Quebecois. The Liberals governed Canada for 70 years in the 20th Century, a record unmatched by any other party in any other democracy in the world.

Thanks to Mr. Ignatieff, the glory days are gone.

In a parliamentary system you rarely have gridlock between the executive and legislative branches. Since Parliament elects the prime minister, he or she usually doesn't have difficulty passing his or her legislative agenda.

But when there are more than two parties, a minority government is possible. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has led a Conservative minority government since 2006. The policy preferences (left and further left) of the other parties are similar. But they couldn't agree on who among them should lead a minority government, so the Tories, who had the most seats, got the job.

Mr. Ignatieff called for a "no confidence" vote March 25, which forced a new election. He badly misread the mood of the electorate.

Tories won an absolute majority of 167 seats in the 308- member Parliament May 2. The Liberals lost 69 seats -- including Mr. Ignatieff's -- to fall to just 34.

The Liberals weren't the biggest losers, though. The separatist Bloc Quebecois fell from 49 seats to 4.

The socialist New Democratic Party increased its strength from 37 seats to 102, vaulting from the 4th largest party to 2nd. (The NDP's popularity soared after the Toronto Sun reported April 29 cops had found party leader Jack Layton naked in a bawdy house they raided in Chinatown in 1996.)

Of the 65 seats the New Democratic Party gained nationwide, 57 came in Quebec. The NDP's candidate recruitment in the province suggests they didn't expect to do so well. One new NDP MP, Ruth Ellen Brousseau, can barely speak French. She rarely set foot in her riding (election district). She spent the last week of the campaign in Las Vegas.

The BQ leans as far to the left as the NDP. But separatism is so yesterday, and the BQ's leaders are long in the tooth. So mostly younger Quebeckers traded in the party that advocates socialism and separatism for one that just advocates socialism.

Quebeckers are still out of step with the rest of Canada. But by raising the status of the NDP, Quebeckers have brought smiles to the faces of the Tories.

Mr. Harper has been gently nudging Canada to the right. But he's had to proceed cautiously, because minority governments are so fragile. Now that Conservatives have a comfortable majority in Parliament, they can be more bold.

There doesn't have to be another election for five years. But if the prime minister thinks conditions are favorable, he can call one sooner.

The elevation of the NDP to the status of Loyal Opposition makes it likely the Tories will hold power for quite some while. Outside of Quebec, the NDP got only about 600,000 votes more than the Liberals. The two parties fish in the same well, and their relative parity in the rest of Canada means neither is likely to get pluralities in as many ridings as the Conservatives do.

Canada's economy is in much better shape than ours, which is chiefly why Mr. Harper won his majority. Barack Obama may help him hold onto it. Canada has moved right, and prospered. We've moved left, and floundered. Canadians are drawing the appropriate lessons from the side by side comparison. We should, too.

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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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