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 19, 2014 / 19 Iyar, 5774

MugShotMary.com vs. BobProtectedRapists.com

By Debra J. Saunders

JewishWorldReview.com | There are certain elections that make you want to wash your hands before voting. And that usually has something to do with the candidates.

In California's 10th Senate District, two Democrats who have served in the California Assembly want to fill the state Senate seat of termed-out Ellen Corbett. Former Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi is best-known for her conviction for shoplifting $2,450 worth of clothes at Neiman Marcus in October 2011. She vaguely blamed a "medical condition" for what she termed a "personal mistake." Does that mean she could not tell right from wrong? Or is her selling point that she would enter the state Senate pre-convicted? No waiting.

Her Democratic rival, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, has had great fun with her criminal conviction and incredible explanations. His campaign has put up a website, at http://mugshotmary.com, where you can see the mug shot and helpful graphics.

Team Hayashi responded in kind. Its website at http://bobprotectedrapists.com exposes Wieckowski's lone vote against a bill to allow spouses to not pay spousal support or attorney's fees to spouses convicted of domestic violence. Weickowski voted for a later version of the bill, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law.

Wieckowski's other positions truly concern me. Like Hayashi, Wieckowski supports Bay Area Rapid Transit workers' ability to strike. He thinks the strikes were no big deal. "People couldn't get to work," he told the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board. "People couldn't do their shopping. That's a mere inconvenience."

The Service Employees International Union has endorsed Wieckowski. That tells you he'll support spending hikes and perks for public employee unions. No coincidence, he told the Chronicle he advocates "Prop 30 Part II" — which would perpetuate temporary sales and income tax increases set to expire in 2016 and 2018. Consider that state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told the Chronicle on Thursday that he thinks Brown should devote his next term to tax reform, as tax increases alone won't help the state's budget. Not Wieckowski.

Hayashi also wants to extend the Proposition 30 tax increases.

A vote for either of these Democrats is a vote for Sacramento Gone Wild.

Republican Peter Kuo doesn't carry their baggage. An insurance agent also involved with a startup, Kuo told me that he is running for office because he sees the insanity in Sacramento and he wants "to be an example" for his children.

Kuo wants to focus on making California more business-friendly. His other big issue is SCA5, a resolution passed by state Senate Democrats to put a measure on the ballot that would reinstate racial preferences in state college admissions.

"I came to this country at age 14 with one dream in mind, to achieve the American dream," he said. Born in Taiwan and raised by hardworking parents who insisted he excel in school, he started his own business and a family. Now he's living the dream. SCA5, he believes, "is the opposite of what" he was told when he came here.

Hayashi said she supports affirmative action but wants to shelve SCA5.

Wieckowski said he would vote for SCA5 if the Assembly put the measure to a vote. That's not likely. Its author, state Sen. Ed Hernandez, put a hold on the resolution after three Asian-American state senators who voted for the measure asked him to halt it. They had voted for it without really thinking and switched course when their constituents revolted.

It's typical Sacramento. Democratic lawmakers passed SCA5 with little thought as to how it might affect California families. But when the measure threatened to split their caucus — Asians vs. Latinos — they pulled the bill to help the Democratic Party.

Only then do they get practical.

If Kuo is not one of the top two voter-getters June 3, the Sacramento me-first culture can relax. Because November will be a contest between MugShotMary.com and BobProtectedRapists.com.

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