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 Nov. 4, 2013/ 1 Kislev, 5774

Apparently nobody tellsObama anything about anything

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama bears an uncanny resemblance to Sgt. Hans Schultz, the dim-witted guard at the Stalag 13 POW camp in the 1960s sitcom "Hogan's Heroes."

Not a physical resemblance, of course. Sgt. Schultz, played by John Banner, was a portly white guy. But the lines Sgt. Schultz uttered most frequently during the show's seven-year run were: "I know nothing. I hear nothing. I see nothing." The president and senior aides sound like that quite a lot recently.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was incensed to learn the National Security Agency had tapped her telephone, and that of 34 other world leaders, for years. The German government learned of the snooping from the newsmagazine Der Spiegel, which obtained a U.S. document that had Ms. Merkel's telephone number on it.

President Obama told Chancellor Merkel he would have stopped the surveillance had he known anything about it.

The German tabloid Bild am Sonntag, citing a "U.S. intelligence worker involved in the NSA operation against Merkel," reported that the NSA director had briefed the president on the Merkel wiretap in 2010. After the briefing, Mr. Obama ordered the NSA to gather more information on Ms. Merkel, according to Bild am Sonntag's source.

That isn't true, said NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander. But his word hasn't been very good. The NSA's collection of telephone metadata on American citizens (who we call, how long the calls last) was instrumental in thwarting 54 terror attacks, Gen. Alexander claimed in June. The actual number of actual plots is one or two, he admitted at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.

Analysts left and right think Gen. Alexander is playing fast and loose with the truth again.

A primary reason for spying on the leader of an allied country is to gain insider information for deal making, said Jon Walker, a liberal who blogs at Firedoglake. But such spying "provides zero advantage unless this information is passed on to the president and his top people," he said, so there'd be no point in it if the president didn't know about it.

"Who would bug the head of government of a U.S. ally without the highest possible authorization?" asked Ed Morrissey, a conservative who blogs at Hot Air. "Who exactly would be the customer of this data, once collected? Here's a hint: It's not going to be the undersecretary of agricultural development at the USDA."

President Obama didn't learn there were problems with Healthcare.gov until a couple of days after the rollout began, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who was skeptical.

"Before it even launched, red flags went up about the Obamacare website," reported CNN. "Health insurance companies complained about it, and the site crashed during a test run."

The problems were an "open secret" among technology experts -- among them Clay Johnson of Blue State Digital, which developed Mr. Obama's 2008 campaign website -- The New York Times reported.

But the president didn't learn about the bugs in his "signature achievement" until everyone else did, his aides say. Nobody, apparently, ever tells him anything.

Mr. Obama claimed that he didn't know security was so lax at the consulate in Benghazi before four Americans were killed there.

"Other than press reports, we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone records of the AP," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Mr. Obama didn't learn about IRS harassment of conservative groups until he read about it in the newspapers, he implied at a news conference in May. "I can assure that I certainly did not know anything about the [inspector general] report before the IG report had been leaked through the press," he told reporters.

It seems odd this never came up during the hundreds of visits IRS officials made to the White House.

The president didn't learn the Justice Department was running guns to Mexican drug cartels "until he heard about it through the media," Mr. Carney said.

Nor did the attorney general tell him he was investigating then-CIA Director David Petraeus for a possible breach of national security, Mr. Obama said during a news conference last November. Gen. Petraeus was subsequently forced to resign.

A "tell" which suggests he's lying is that Mr. Obama never disciplines the aides he claims had kept him in the dark. But if this president really has no clue about what goes on in his administration, would that be any better?

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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.

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