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 December 6, 2012/ 22 Kislev, 5773

Lindsay Lohan needs to be ignored

By Barry Koltnow

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) To err in private is human. To err in public is celebrity.

By definition, celebrities do everything in public. Their triumphs are public, and their failures are public. It's all out there for us to observe and mock.

And no discussion of celebrity mockery would be complete without Lindsay Lohan.

I try to avoid the subject whenever possible, but she forced my hand with her arrest early Thursday morning in New York City for allegedly punching a woman in a nightclub. This follows her troubles last summer when she was accused of lying to police after a traffic accident in Malibu. Oh, why do I bother to list her arrests? She's been a menace to society for the last seven years.

But this column is not about her brushes with the law. It is about the widespread enabling of the 26-year-old actress' pathetic bids for attention.

And it all starts with Lohan's acting talent, such as it is.

I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone in Hollywood or in the media make excuses for the actress because of her "potential." People are constantly harping about Lohan's acting talent, and what a tragedy it is that her off-screen troubles are interfering in what could be an award-winning career.

But I think it's time to put that lie to rest.

Her unconvincing performance as Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime movie "Liz and Dick" finally convinced the public what I've been saying for years … Lohan is not as good as you thought.

She once possessed a talent worth watching, but how long ago was that? My guess is that "Herbie Fully Loaded" in 2005 was the last time she showed any acting skills, and even then, it was minimal. I suggest we go back a year before that, to the 2004 film "Mean Girls" when we saw the potential first seen in the 1998 film "The Parent Trap," in which a very young Lohan played twins.

Lohan, in case you are familiar only with her rap sheet, has been a show business professional since the age of 3, when she was signed by the Ford modeling agency and began making commercials. At 10, she was a regular on the daytime soap "Another World."

She was adorable. She was a good actress. And she had a raspy voice that belied her tender years.

Then the troubles started. The reasons for her descent from promising actress to tabloid queen are many, and obvious. Volumes could be written on her dysfunctional parents … Michael and Dina … and their roles in ruining their daughter. But, at some point, their adult daughter has to be held accountable for her own actions.

With her acting career in decline … her last theatrical movie was in the 2010 film "Machete," in which her acting consisted of baring her breasts … she has relied on her real-life troubles to maintain her public profile.

Contrary to popular belief, I don't think she's out of control. I think she knows exactly what she's doing. When your contract says you aren't supposed to drive, and then you're involved in a traffic accident, that's intentional. When you're facing criminal charges in another state, and you allow yourself to be in a nightclub at 4 a.m., it's intentional.

Yes, I believe the actress courts trouble, and she has accomplices.

Her first accomplice is the media, and you don't have to say it. By writing this column, I am participating in her attention-grabbing crimes. I throw myself on the mercy of Liz Taylor, who is probably still spinning in her grave.

The media can't get enough of the young woman. They smell a story whenever Lohan ventures out in public, and she usually obliges them. When she was photographed Thursday morning emerging from a police station hiding under a coat, I am guessing that she was chuckling under there. Either that, or she didn't have time for hair and makeup and felt she didn't look her best. But I'll stick with the former. She's laughing all the way to her arraignment.

Photographers and tabloid editors don't chase celebrities who can't make money for them. If you've ever been on a red carpet, you've seen how photographers routinely ignore celebrities who can't make them money. They will lower their cameras when a B-lister walks by, and look down the carpet for a more suitable celebrity. Hollywood is a tough place, and money talks.

And the celebrities that make money for the paparazzi and tabloids are the celebrities in demand by the public. You can't point fingers at the actress and the media that follows her without looking in the mirror.

I'm not putting all the blame on you, but until you stop slowing down to gawk at the red-haired train wreck, Lindsay Lohan will continue to get the attention she desperately craves.

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