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 Sept. 13, 2011 14 Elul, 5771

Republicans lash out ---- at each other

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A Republican presidential debate became a race to the bottom Monday night as candidates attacked each other for treason, lack of manliness, trying to prevent cervical cancer, and even - - gasp - - letting campaign contributions affect their judgment.

When Michele Bachmann, trying to claw her way back up in the polls, bashed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for taking money from a drug company in return for a favorable executive order, Perry was dismissive.

The drug company had given him only $5,000 out of the $30 million he had raised, Perry said. “If you’re suggesting I can be bought for 5,000, I’m offended,” he scoffed.

Right. It would take much more than that.

At the last Republican debate only five days ago, Perry complained that he felt like he had become a “piñata.” Monday night, at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate in Tampa, Perry must have felt like he was inside a kettle drum with the other candidates jumping up and down on it.

Even moderate, measured, calm and collected Jon Huntsman, who is so far back in the polls he might as well be running in an alternate universe, decided that climbing on Perry was his staircase to heaven.

Perry, like two other border-state governors before him, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, is a relative moderate on immigration and Perry said during the debate that building a fence along the entire border with Mexico is impractical.

Huntsman pounced. “For Rick to say we can’t secure the border is pretty much a treasonous statement,” he said.

Huntsman probably meant this as a backhanded joke. Earlier in the year Perry had said that if the Federal Reserve Board printed more money, it would be “almost treacherous, or treasonous in my opinion.”

But Huntsman laid an egg with the audience, which sat in stunned silence. It was a Perry crowd, anyway. If the polls are to be believed, much of the Republican Party is a Perry crowd.

A CNN/Opinion Research Poll completed on Sunday, showed Perry at 30 percent, Mitt Romney at 18 percent, Sarah Palin (who currently is not running) at 15 percent and Ron Paul at 12 percent. The rest of the pack (can you name them? sure you can) including U.S. Rep. Bachmann, is in low single digits.

But while Romney believes he ultimately will win the nomination by persuading primary voters he is more electable than Perry, he can’t afford to let Perry get too far ahead of him. So Monday night, Romney directly attacked Perry on his greatest claim to fame, that Perry dramatically has improved the economy of Texas.

“I think Gov. Perry would agree with me that if you’re dealt four aces, that doesn’t make you a great poker player,” Romney said in a dry tone. (The four aces are the energy resources of Texas, the lack of a state income tax, the lack of right-to-work laws, and the presence of a Republican-controlled legislature.)

Perry was not amused. The two men were next to each other on the stage once again (and probably will be in every future debate) and Perry glared up an inch or so at Romney.

“Mitt, you were doin’ pretty good until you got to poker,” Perry said through teeth that were almost clenched. It seemed to be a macho thing with Perry, as if Romney was an effete northeasterner who couldn’t possibly play poker like a Texan, who could hold his cards, chew tobacco, spit on the floor and devise job-creating legislation all at the same time.

“I think we ought to have a conversation,” Perry said, leaving some to wonder if he were inviting Romney out into the alley for a good beating.

“We’re having it right now, governor,” Romney replied, stopping just short of an actual sneer. “You’re running for president.”

The audience in the hall was with Perry, but Romney was playing to the much larger TV audience. Or at least that part of the TV audience that was not watching pro football, Miss Universe or the finale of “Bachelor Pad.”

The two also had an extended exchange over Social Security. At the last debate, Perry called it a “Ponzi scheme” and refused to withdraw that characterization Monday night. Romney disagreed, saying that it was a program that had benefitted the American people for decades.

Perry got the worst of the exchange, and you could see Romney’s satisfaction. But Perry doesn’t seem to care that he might not be Romney’s intellectual equal. The smartest guy often does not win the race in presidential politics and Romney has yet to convince the public that he has a real heart beating inside his impeccable suits.

One person who probably didn’t watch the debate was sitting in the White House. “I didn’t watch my own debates, much less somebody else’s,” Obama told NBC’s Brian Williams in an interview that aired Monday.

But Obama did weigh in on his idea of government compared to the Republican idea of government. “I think having Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid programs that provide a social safety net for people, that is a vital role for our government,” Obama said. “It’s not enough for us to just leave that to local charities.”

So that’s the difference between me and those Republicans, Obama was saying. Vote for me and secure your old age. Vote for the Republicans and line up for private soup kitchens.

And if Obama can get the 2012 campaign to be about that, he has a real chance.

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