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 9, 2014 / 9 Iyar, 5774

Smut culture: The real Clinton legacy

By Diana West

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Remember that day in 1998 when Bill Clinton's lewd Oval Office liaisons with an intern named Monica Lewinsky became public knowledge and Bill Clinton thought he was a cooked goose?

He sure looked that way in those early pictures, and he acted that way, too, enlarging the conspiracies he'd already orchestrated to try to obstruct justice in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. Before the whole grimy era was technically over, culminating in historic impeachment proceedings, Bill Clinton would engage in suborning perjury, witness tampering and the like -- even gulling his own cabinet members to lie publicly on his behalf -- all to save his political hide, which the American people had no intention of tanning. Sure, he would be found in contempt for intentionally misleading the court, and would have to surrender his Arkansas law license for five years. He would resign from the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court rather than face disbarment, but when it came to vox populi, none of it was a big deal.

After all, it was just "about sex," right? Wrong. It was about Bill Clinton's personal "war on women" (which went far beyond Jones and Lewinsky) and the laws he broke to cover it up, but that didn't matter, either. Meanwhile, Clinton's wider war on the American people -- including "Chinagate," which involved fundraising from Red China, transferring military technology to Red China, his politicization of the INS to naturalize illegal aliens (including felons) to vote Democrat (sound familiar?), and other abuses of power -- never entered impeachment proceedings, and seem to be all but forgotten now.

There's an irony here. Bill Clinton, our first adolescent president, believed his country was more grown up than he was. What a happy surprise it must have been when the electorate acted more like his posse, circling the wagons around this man who had demeaned his country, his office, his family and himself for all the world to see -- including, of course, Osama bin Laden.

That's not to say, however, that Bill Clinton left the culture unchanged. Under Clinton's "moral" leadership, America took a giant plunge into previously unplumbed cultural degradation.

Don't get me wrong. We were already well on our way. But here are three new depths of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll I think we and, worse, our children, reached more quickly, thanks to the example set by Bill Clinton, indispensably assisted by his chief enabler and would-be successor, Hillary Clinton.

Sex. What is newly degrading here is how, during the Clinton years, talking and broadcasting with ease, if not insouciance, and definitely shamelessness, about the nasty details of the Clinton-Lewinsky "relationship" became the new, must-have oratory skills. Sixteen years later, of course, it's the new boring, as the spate of headlines and jokes about Monica Lewinsky's recent Vanity Fair article shows.

But it's not just talk that has changed. After the Clinton administration, oral sex itself soon became the new, must-have personal dating skill researchers began encountering even among teens. Clinton may have been trying to save his political career when he said "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky," but now large numbers of college students tell researchers they don't believe oral sex constitutes sexual relations, either. Unclear what they make of the STDs some of them contract as a result.

Drugs. Hiding in plain sight in the most recent (2010) National Survey of Drug Use and Health among 12- to 17-year-olds is the spike in marijuana use beginning around 1992. That, of course, is the year the nation elected Bill Clinton, its first marijuana-using (if not, he claimed, inhaling) president. No, this phenomenon isn't related to the Clinton sex scandals, but it seems linked to Clinton's influence. According to the survey, youth marijuana use doesn't appear to decline again until 2000 -- when Clinton left office. It begins to increase noticeably again by around 2008 when Barack Obama, a high school "choom gang" member, won the White House. Can't wait to see the post-legalization figures.

Rock 'n' roll. From Miley Cyrus to Beyonce, robotically explicit pop stars give voice to the Clinton legacy in their exhibitionist displays for their young fans. Recently, a Cyrus show featuring a Clinton stand-in included "simulated fellatio." Beyonce's latest hit "Partition" includes the lines (these are the cleanest I could find): "He popped all my buttons and he ripped my blouse; he Monica Lewinsky'd all over my gown." As a measure of manners and mores in 21st-century America, it's worth noting that Beyonce, even if she didn't sing "Partition," was invited to entertain at Michelle Obama's White House birthday party.

In its pre-publication synopsis of the Lewinsky article, Vanity Fair reports that Lewinsky "requests one correction of Beyonce, regarding the lyrics to her recent hit "Partition." Lewinsky writes: "Thanks, Beyonce, but if we're verbing, I think you meant 'Bill Clinton'd all on my gown,' not 'Monica Lewinsky'd.'"

Such is the cultural trough where America now wallows. And Bill Clinton is one reason why.

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