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 30, 2014 / 2 Tammuz, 5774

Tea Party tea leaves: Lib delude themselves about the uprising on the right

By Jack Kelly

JewishWorldReview.com | Some liberals seemed thrilled to learn Jerald and Amanda Miller, the drug-addled psychopaths who killed two Las Vegas police officers in a pizza parlor June 8, had a Gadsden flag.

“They draped one officer’s body in a swastika and a yellow ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag that has been adopted as a symbol of the Tea Party,” The New York Times reported.

At long last, the elusive Tea Party killer had been found!

“Hatriot politics created the Las Vegas killers,” wrote John Avlon in the Daily Beast. Their shooting spree was “a product of Tea Party ideology,” wrote a contributor to the Politicususa blog.

Alas for liberals, reality — as it has so often before — soon harshed their mellow. Jerad and Amanda took part in a lot of anti-government activities, including Occupy Wall Street.

Rick Santelli’s epic rant on CNBC Feb. 19, 2009, triggered the largest grassroots political reform movement since the People’s Party of the 1890s. Between 440,000 and 810,000 people attended Tea Party rallies on Tax Day 2009, according to a Harvard study.

The rallies were peaceful. Those who attended picked up after themselves.

Liberals, terrified by their numbers, rushed to demonize and suppress. The IRS went after them.

Tea Partiers are “racists” and “domestic terrorists,” some liberals charged, without a shred of evidence.

When a car bomb was found in Times Square in May 2010, some liberals initially speculated that it had been put there by someone from the Tea Party. The perp was an Islamist of Pakistani descent.

Some liberals suspected the Tea Party was to blame for the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona. The killer was mentally ill, wasn’t politically active.

After the massacre in a movie theater in suburban Denver, Brian Ross of ABC News thought he’d spotted the Tea Party killer. But the James Holmes who was the shooter turned out to have no connection to right- wing groups, and the National Enquirer reported that he’d converted to Islam in prison.

Liberals pronounce the Tea Party “dead” nearly as often as they calumnize it. Some did so again after Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., narrowly won renomination Tuesday. But reports of its demise have been exaggerated, as former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., can attest.

Tea Party groups are larger than ever, the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights said in a report in January. But only one of six national groups has a membership bigger than the turnout for the Tea Party rally in Washington, D.C., Sept. 12, 2009.

Tea Partiers are older, whiter, much better educated than other Americans, CBS found in a poll in December 2012. Fifty-four percent are Republicans; 41 percent independents; 5 percent Democrats.

“Activists” — about 4 percent of Tea Party identifiers – are angrier and have more radical views than the rank and file, CBS said.

The reputation of the Tea Party has been besmirched nearly as much by the antics of some who claim to lead it as by the left’s vicious smears.

Dave Brat, the economics professor who upset Rep. Cantor, epitomizes what a conservative insurgent candidate ought to be. He kept his tone civil, he focused on issues, he treated Rep. Cantor with respect — and perhaps because of that got no help from national Tea Party groups or from those in Washington who loudly proclaim their hostility to the “GOP establishment.”

They expended their efforts instead on behalf of more strident candidates, some with disturbing associations and ethical challenges, in quixotic challenges to “establishment” conservatives.

But in most primaries, pluralities and sometimes majorities of those who identify with the Tea Party vote for the candidates their self-proclaimed generals oppose. Only those incumbents more responsive to special interests than to their constituents have gotten into trouble.

“The civil war in the Republican Party is so civil,” remarked John Dickerson of the liberal webzine Slate. The GOP primaries are producing strong candidates for the fall, he said.

The presidential candidate of the People’s Party carried five states in 1892. By 1896, it was history.

Its life was short, but not unhappy. The People’s Party disappeared because both Democrats and Republicans rushed to adopt big chunks of its agenda.

So far, only Republicans have listened to Tea Party concerns. But dissatisfaction with obese, arrogant, incompetent, unaccountable government is spread across the political spectrum. Democrats soon may regret having turned a deaf ear.


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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