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 June 17, 2014 / 19 Sivan, 5774

Obama's words starting to mean little to the public, media

By Jack Kelly

JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama’s usual response to scandals swirling about his administration is to stall until people lose interest.

When a scandal breaks, the president expresses surprise (he didn’t know what was going on until he heard about it from the news media) and outrage (he’s “madder than hell”). He vows to get to the bottom of it, but doesn’t actually do anything.

If words alone don’t tamp down public concern, the president moves on to the Meaningless Gesture. (A favorite has been to announce the dismissal of a senior bureaucrat who was about to retire anyway.)

He has yet to make changes in policy and personnel which might right the wrong. His foremost priority — noticed even by MSNBC talk show host Chris Matthews, who said once he gets “tingles” up his leg when Mr. Obama speaks — is protecting his image and reputation.

The president’s poll numbers plunged after he gave the Veterans Affairs secretary a vote of confidence, so he made a surprise Memorial Day visit to the troops in Afghanistan. It did not go well.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai refused to meet with him. The White House staff inadvertently outed the CIA station chief. This wasn’t Mr. Obama’s fault, but it reminds us that in no administration before his have there been so many staffers with meager qualifications and ethical challenges.

Do you remember the furor in 2003 when columnist Robert Novak revealed Valerie Plame, wife of a critic of President George W. Bush, was a CIA officer?

Democrats demanded appointment of a special prosecutor, who indicted Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, even though he wasn’t the leaker.

Ms. Plame was staffing a desk at Langley, so being outed put her in no danger. After he was outed, the CIA station chief presumably went to the top of the Taliban’s hit list.

His foreign policy is a success because he’s ending wars his predecessor started, the president said in his commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The reception Mr. Obama got from the cadets was “pretty icy,” said CNN correspondent Jim Clancy. Frostier still were the reviews of his speech.

The president “marshalled a virtual corps of straw men” to rebut criticisms no one has made, said the Washington Post. The “binding of U.S. power” he proposed “places Mr. Obama at odds with every U.S. president since World War II.”

His assurances about American global leadership are welcome, said Time magazine, but critics have “heard that song from him before and doubt that he truly means it.”

“Mr. Obama’s talk of the need for more transparency about drone strikes and intelligence gathering ... was ludicrous,” said the New York Times. “His administration had to be dragged into even minimal disclosures on both topics.”

He’s “responsibly ending” the war in Afghanistan, the president says.

The president isn’t ending wars, he’s losing them, said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

A Marine battalion is standing by offshore to evacuate Americans from Libya, which has descended into chaos since Mr. Obama waged war of dubious legality to oust the old regime.

More than 70 percent of 2,323 Americans killed in Afghanistan have died on Mr. Obama’s watch. Most analysts expect the Taliban to take over once U.S. troops leave.

The Taliban is strengthened by the administration’s swap of five senior terrorist leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who went AWOL in 2009, said NBC’s counterterrorism analyst.

Sgt. Bergdahl is a deserter, say fellow soldiers. The swap was illegal, said the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. It’ll encourage terrorists to kidnap other Americans, said former Deputy Secretary of State John Bolton.

But the swap distracted attention from the VA scandal, and gave the president a photo op.

In the past, the news media have covered for Mr. Obama when he’s hidden policy failure in a flurry of words. But the sharp criticism of his West Point speech indicates they’ve begun to take note of the widening gulf between what he says and what he does.

When State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the president “doesn’t give himself enough credit” for his foreign policy “triumphs,” journalists assigned to Foggy Bottom burst out laughing.

Mr. Obama thinks he can talk his way out of anything. Since talking is all he has ever done, how will he behave when (if) he realizes this is no longer true?


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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.

© 2014, Jack Kelly