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December 2, 2014

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 Nov. 3, 2012/ 18 Tishrei, 5773

Message to Mitt: Kick Some Tushy

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are three things Mitt Romney must do to win the first presidential debate on Wednesday. Unfortunately, he has no idea what they are. To be fair, nobody else does either. The Romney campaign is not in a state of disarray. It never got arrayed in the first place.

It is difficult to depend on a debate to make people change their minds about your character. It is difficult to depend on a debate to make people think you are a caring human being who understands their problems.

The best a good debate performance can do for Mitt Romney is convince people that he is a good debater.

The last big event for Romney was his nominating convention in Tampa. For all the good speeches — Ann Romney did particularly well — the takeaway memory was Clint Eastwood and that chair. (As David Letterman said last week: "Another blow to Romney: Earlier today, the empty chair endorsed Obama.")

But the convention turned out to be a prelude to disaster. A videotape of Romney at a private fundraiser surfaced. In it he said that 47 percent of Americans "believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it."

Forget everything except the mention of food.

Maybe it's just me, but I think everybody in America, no matter how young, how old, how sick, how mentally ill or physically disabled has a right to eat and not starve in the streets because he can't earn enough money to buy food.

Call me Karl Marx, but I think the greatest nation on earth, which is what we are, should be willing to feed its hungry when the need arises.

It doesn't trouble me that a presidential nominee should think otherwise. It troubles me that a caring human being should think otherwise.

Overlook the political angle for a second. Overlook the fact that the now infamous "47 percent" statement feeds Romney's greatest weakness: that he is an uncaring plutocrat, unable to understand or connect with ordinary people.

That doesn't matter so much. What matters to me is that Romney probably had delivered his 47 percent riff a dozen, a score, a hundred times before at private fundraisers where it was likely met with applause or, at the very least, nods of approval.

What does that say about us as a nation? That we want to live in a dog-eat-dog country where the biggest, strongest, most ferocious dogs always win?

It just so happens that Barack Obama's message is the opposite. His message is that we are all in this together and we all have to help each other.

Back to politics: Which is the winning message?

And how can debates remedy that for Romney?

The debates can show he has a command of the issues.

He has a command of the issues.

The debates can show that he is fast on his feet.

He is fast on his feet.

The debates can show he can deal with pressure.

He can deal with pressure.

The debates can show that he is a genuinely caring human being.

Uh ... debates actually are not so good at that.

Can the debates give us a genuine look into Obama's soul? No. But that doesn't matter politically. Obama is so far ahead in the states where it counts that in order to turn things around, Romney probably would have to show up at the debates with a security camera tape of Obama sticking up a 7-Eleven last Sunday.

And I'm not sure even that would work.

I have said it before and, knowing me, I will probably say it again: In modern times, the most likable presidential candidate almost always wins.

Mitt Romney is not a bad guy. He is not an uncaring guy. He is not a dumb guy.

But every morning when he shaves, he has to look in the mirror and say, "They don't like me. They really don't like me."

And his best debate strategy has the capacity to make people like him less.

There are three things that can happen at the debate for Romney, and two of them will get him in trouble with his party.

1. He can be too weak. He can take the high road. He can avoid attacking and remain dignified, presidential and above the fray. He did this a lot in his primary debates.

2. He can be too neutral. He can stick to the issues. He can use the debates as a forum to show off those big ideas his Republican critics keep yapping about. He can show his vision.

3. He can attack big-time. He can make this an onslaught. He can launch a major assault and try to knock Obama out of the race.

Republicans will love Romney if he shows himself to be the kind of campaigner who can chew nails and spit out tacks.

This strategy is almost certainly doomed to failure, however. Obama is prepared for it, and it will make Romney look even less likable to the general public. But at least it will allow Romney to show backbone to members of his party. And he knows how the press stories would begin the next day:

"A fiery Mitt Romney..."

"A feisty Mitt Romney..."

"A combative Mitt Romney..."

These will end up as just scraps in his memory book; they will change nothing. In fact, they will help assure his defeat.

But at least he will have shown that he can kick some butt. Even if it's just his own.

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