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 13, 2012/ 29 Kislev, 5773

2012's most annoying celebrities

By Barry Koltnow

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) It's time for the annual "This is so easy that I shouldn't get paid for doing it" column.

That's right; it's my "Most Annoying Celebrities of the Year" list.

Who doesn't love a good annoying celebrities list? Some publications have turned the practice of selecting annoying celebrities into a full-time business. For instance, People magazine puts annoying celebrities on almost all of its covers. Without annoying celebrities, there would be no People magazine.

Last year, my list consisted of: Kim Kardashian, Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan, Piers Morgan, Kris Jenner, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Donald Trump and movie director Brett Ratner.

A couple of the 2011 honorees made it on to my 2012 list, of course. Annoying celebrities don't get less annoying as they age; they merely step out of the spotlight for a while. That is why you won't find Snooki and The Situation on the 2012 list. They are still annoying, but their TV show "Jersey Shore" is no longer hot, so who cares about these shameless self-promoters?

If you're a regular reader of this column, you'll know that I discussed Lohan last week, so I hesitated to include her on this list. I made a plea for the media to ignore her, and several readers pointed out that I was still part of the problem by writing about her again. So, with that in mind, I have decided to exclude her from the list, but she remains among the most annoying celebrities anywhere.

I do want to give a tip of the hat to the lovely Kim K., last year's top vote-getter. In 2012, she found romance with one of the most annoying celebrities in the world (Kanye West), but pretty much stayed out of sight. She devoted most of her time to her burgeoning business empire, and showed up in public for occasional photo ops. Good for you, Kim. Now get rid of that annoying boyfriend.

Without further annoyance, here are the 10 most annoying celebrities of 2012:

1. Kristen Stewart — This is not a column that passes moral judgment, so we don't care that she apparently cheated on her lovable "Twilight" co-star Robert Pattinson with the director of her "Snow White" movie. This moody actress was annoying long before she strayed. She has been performing on the big screen since she was a kid, so you'd think she would understand how Hollywood works by now. But she has had a sour look on her face since the day the "Twilight" movies launched her career into the stratosphere. Oh, what a burden it must be to be adored by millions of fans, and to make enough money in one year to run a small country.

2. Chris Brown — I'd really like to put the singer's 11 million Twitter followers on this list but I don't have the space. Why would anyone follow this thuggish guy?

3. Rihanna — And I might ask the same question of this woman. Her career continues to soar, but her taste in men continues to sink to unspeakable lows.

4. Donald Trump — He deserves to be at the top of this list, but he'd probably like that, so I don't want to give him the satisfaction.

5. Taylor Swift — Success breeds annoyance, and this sugary sweet singer is as successful as ever. This young woman doesn't date; she trolls for potential lyrics to future songs.

6. Russell Brand — Wasn't this guy really funny a couple of years ago?

7. Ashton Kutcher — The show business career that continues to boggle the mind. After he replaced Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men," he became the beneficiary on a show that benefits from a favorable time slot. The guy can't act, but his use of social media somehow keeps him relevant to a certain group of people.

8. Christina Aguilera — She wasn't a sweetheart before she became a coach on NBC's hit show "The Voice," but she showed her true colors week after week. Fashioning herself a pint-size Simon Cowell, she ripped into contestants like a serious critic, but her criticism was transparent. She lashed out at singers attached to other coaches in an obvious attempt to boost her own people (the plot didn't work), and I also think she targeted female singers she saw as future competitors.

9. Jessica Simpson — Anyone who uses pregnancy and weight loss as the basis of a show business career begs to be on this list.

10. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez — We have nothing against either individual, but as a couple, they were annoying right up to and including their well-publicized breakup. Although the end of their relationship was cause for celebration for those of us who were really annoyed, it did not occur until late in the year, so there was plenty of annoyance happening in 2012.

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