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 July 12, 2013/ 5 Menachem-Av, 5773

Does globalism = patriotism?

By Diana West

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Something a little different: Instead of writing a column opposing the nomination of Samantha Power to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, I appeared on a panel in Washington, D.C., last week to state the case. My co-panelists were some very illustrious Americans, including organizer Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West, former U.N. Ambassador Jose Sorzano, retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin (US Army ret.), and Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America.

C-SPAN covered the press conference, which may be watched at c-spanvideo.org/program/Saman. So did Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who wrote: "Their technique was straightforward: They would impugn the patriotism of the Irish-born nominee. ... I asked the speakers whether they really believed that she was an enemy of the United States or whether they merely disagreed with her politics."

Milbank's technique was clear, too. He would use push-button terms to fry the mental circuits of the reader: How hateful conservatives are for impugning the patriotism of anyone they merely disagree with!

When Milbank did venture into substance, he misrepresented it, maybe to keep readers a-boil over those "impugning" conservatives. For example, regarding a statement Samantha Power made in 2002 -- by the way, a horrendous time of Palestinian intifada terrorism against civilians in Israel -- Milbank forgot to mention that besides calling for "billions" in US aid for "a new state of Palestine," Power also called for "a mammoth [US] protection force" to protect Palestinians from Israelis.

Power acknowledged such measures would be "fundamentally undemocratic," but, she said, "it's essential that some set of principles become the benchmarks rather than deference to people (in Israel and the Palestinian Authority) who are fundamentally, politically destined to destroy the lives of their own people, and by that I mean what (columnist) Tom Friedman has called 'Sharafat.' "

Egregious equivalence between then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and arch-terrorist Yasir Arafat aside, Power's ever-present inclination to intervene on behalf of "some set of principles" -- her own -- is just one of the things that should give pause to lawmakers as they consider her elevation in the national security hierarchy.

Milbank, however, says raising such flags impugns her patriotism, and is therefore wrong.

I wonder how "patriotism" became the fulcrum of Milbank's argument in the first place. If, as it seems eminently fair to say, Power seeks to strengthen global government at the U.N., she is also simultaneously seeking to weaken the sovereign powers of the US. Does such a policy belong under the rubric of "patriotism"? Perhaps we denizens of what some describe as "post-America" should be discussing whether a "globalist" can also be a "patriot." Then again, that might take us too close to clear definitions of globalists and patriots. As Saul Alinsky (and Lenin before him) knew, clarity impedes the advance of radicalism (read: globalism, collectivism, totalitarianism, Marxism ...).

Better to keep everything fuzzy, either on purpose or as a conditioned reflex, and offer globalists such as Power a refuge from criticism in "patriotism."

"Critics of Power won't get far simply by saying they disagree with her philosophy because it closely tracks that of the president," Milbank wrote.

This is probably true. But failing to "get far" in no way delegitimizes the case against Power. This is the conservative case against global government, and the case for American sovereignty and the Constitution. Not incidentally, both American sovereignty and the Constitution are undermined by boosting the powers of the U.N., which is something globalists such as Power support. That's a non-impugning fact.

As our woman in Turtle Bay, Samantha Power would be in a unique position to further such policies. These might include, as she suggested in 2004 on C-SPAN, re-inventing the Security Council without Russia, China (due to their human rights abuses) and the United States, which she critiqued as "a by-passer of international law and international institutions." She also supports a U.N. standing army "at the disposal of the (U.N.) secretary general" to deploy in "humanitarian" causes, which she describes as "genocide prevention, or nation-building, postwar occupation, or reconstruction."

Such an army wouldn't have to include Americans, she said. "There are a number of countries that ... do seem to be ready to put troops on the line on behalf of things that don't directly implicate their national interests because they have ... a sense of their nations as being a part of a global community."

Do Americans have that global-community sense? I doubt it. Indeed, the obstacle to an army for the secretary general is what Power called "domestic politics" in pesky "member states." What she dismisses as "domestic politics," of course, sounds like stirrings of patriotism to me.

"Much of the participants' hostility toward Power was better directed toward the United Nations itself," Milbank wrote, "which they consider a threat to American sovereignty. Diana West informed the audience that Alger Hiss was 'the person in charge of shaping' the United Nations and that 'we have been ill-served by the United Nations, by our involvement with the United Nations.'"

Hooray! When was the last time the media told us Alger Hiss, a US State Department official and Soviet military intelligence agent at the same time, was connected to the formation of the U.N.? Not that Milbank bothered to identify Hiss, who, of course, was actually working for Stalin, not FDR. Citing my observation that much of what we define in political terms as "humanitarian" meshes with theories of world government and other Marxist-Leninist notions, Milbank wrote: "Certainly, Power is idealistic, and she believes in international cooperation and humanitarian intervention. ... But this doesn't make Power a Marxist, or someone 'who reviles American greatness,' as Gaffney put it in a letter to the Senate signed by the likes of Phyllis Schlafly, Richard Viguerie and Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas."

The contempt may drip but it doesn't strengthen Milbank's essentially Orwellian argument: Globalism is patriotism.

Woe to those who point out the difference.

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