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 May 15, 2013/ 6 Sivan, 5773

Obama can spin 'low information voters' but not foreign leaders

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama thinks he can say anything and get away with it.

On matters domestic, that's pretty much been true. No matter how blatantly he lies, most in the news media cover for him. And "low information" voters are really, really low information. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in April found that 42 percent of Americans -- half of younger Americans -- don't know Obamacare is the law of the land.

But foreign leaders pay close attention to what the president of the United States says, and they can't be spun by the talking heads on television news. That's why Mr. Obama's clumsy efforts to erase the "red line" he drew in Syria are certain to cause America grief.

To recap for "low information" voters: There's a civil war in Syria between forces loyal to dictator Bashir Assad and a rebel coalition dominated by Islamists with ties to al Qaida. The rebels appear to be motivated chiefly by religion. Assad is an Alawite, an offshoot of Shia Islam, in a country that is 74 percent Sunni.

The Syrian civil war is important both because of where Syria is (it borders on Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq), and because Syria is Russia's closest ally in the Middle East, the closest ally of the mullahs in Iran, and (after Iran) the strongest supporter of Hezbollah, the radical Shia militia which controls southern Lebanon.

The rebels were winning, but a stalemate has developed since Assad has shown he'll kill as many Syrians as he needs to to cling to power (about 70,000 have died so far).

Assad should step down, but the United States won't intervene militarily to oust him unless Assad uses chemical weapons, President Obama said during a news conference last August:

"We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus."

Syria has used chemical weapons against the rebels, says the prime minister of Turkey. That's "very likely true," says the British government. U.S. intelligence agencies think Assad has used sarin gas at least twice, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters April 25.

President Obama responded to the crossing of his red line by claiming he didn't have enough evidence to act:

"What we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of Syria, but we don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them; we don't have chain of custody that establishes what exactly happened," he said at news conference April 30.

"What is this? '"CSI: Damascus"?' snorted columnist Charles Krauthammer.

"In turning the matter into an international "CSI" case, Mr. Obama may have set a standard of evidence that could never be met," said the New York Times.

The president's statements were the "starkest example" the world "is devoid of meaningful leadership," said Frida Ghitis, world affairs columnist for the Miami Herald.

Evidently his red line was drawn with disappearing ink, said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

To help Mr. Obama back out of his implied commitment, "senior officials" told the New York Times his original red line remark was "off the cuff," and "unscripted."

The day after the Times story appeared, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the red line remark was intended and deliberate.

"You know you're in trouble when you can't even get your walk-back story straight," Mr. Krauthammer said.

Most journalists happily accept White House spin, even if it contradicts the spin of the day before. Foreign leaders do not, as Secretary of State John Kerry found out Tuesday when Russian President Vladimir Putin kept him twiddling his thumbs at the Kremlin for three hours before meeting with him, the London Daily Mail reported.

Michael Ledeen's sources tell him Mr. Kerry also had to wait two hours to check into his hotel because the Russians said his rooms weren't ready. Never in the darkest days of the Cold War was a U.S. Secretary of State treated with such contempt.

His humiliation of Mr. Kerry says much about how Mr. Putin views this administration in the wake of President Obama's red line bluster and fold. Mr. Kerry's willingness to endure it suggests Mr. Putin's assessment is correct.

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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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