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 11, 2013/ 8 Teves, 5774

Handicapped absurdity

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The wife of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, doesn't want him to run for president in 2016, the Washington Post reported Dec. 6.

The Sunday after he won re-election by a landslide, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was the guest on most of the major television talk shows. Nearly every question he was asked by the journalist panelists pertained to whether he'd run for president. Hardly any of the scribes asked what it was about how he has governed the Garden State that prompted so many Democrats to vote for him.

There are no announced candidates for president yet, which is understandable, because election day 2016 is nearly three years away. But besides Sen. Paul and Gov. Christie among Republicans, there already have been stories speculating about whether Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, will run.

Among Democrats, there have been stories speculating about the possible presidential ambitions of Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

The height of absurdity was reached by the Arizona Republic with a story Nov. 10 informing us Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, has "no plans" to seek the White House in 2016.

Sen. McCain will be 80 on Aug. 29, 2016. He's anathema to conservatives and -- if the pounding he took in 2008 is any indication -- not that popular with moderates or liberals, either. He'd be a fool to run for the Senate again, much less for president.

"It's like watching a 60-year-old pitcher announce that he's thinking of coming out of retirement, if his career highlight had been getting shelled in Game Seven of the World Series," said Allahpundit of Hot Air.

Enough already. Journalists devote far more attention to candidates for public office -- and to speculation about who may or may not become a candidate -- than to how successful candidates perform once they're in office.

The cart's before the horse. Only if we know whether campaign promises have been kept or broken, whether the challenges that have arisen during his or her term have been met, side-stepped or botched can we make a reasonable judgment about whether an incumbent deserves re-election.

Only if we know how well or poorly the incumbent has performed can we put into context what those who propose to succeed him or her say they will do in office.

And we can get a better idea of what candidates for president might do if they win from how well they've done in the jobs they've had, or have currently, than from what they say. We should expect trouble when a candidate has as thin a record of actual accomplishment as, say, Barack Obama has.

"The education of this president is a protracted and often amusing process -- as it was this week -- as he continues to alight upon the obvious with a sense of profound and original discovery," said columnist George Will. "He's alighting on what is obvious to governors. This is really why we should have governors more often than senators as president."

Why do journalists pay so much attention to froth, so little to substance? It's partly because in our "low information" electorate, many lack interest in issues, may lack the elementary knowledge required for evaluating job performance. They -- we -- prefer gossip and celebrity to substance.

And it's partly because politicians invite speculation about possible candidacies. Both Sens. Paul and Cruz already have been in Iowa -- where the first presidential nominating contests are held -- to "test the waters." Sen. McCain volunteered the information he has "no plans" to run in 2016.

But the electorate is "low information" in large part because the news media devote so little to substance. People aren't likely to judge candidates on the basis of what's important if they aren't being told about what's important.

Why do the news media devote so much more attention to gossip and celebrity?

In part because it's less work. To evaluate the performance of an incumbent requires research, and some knowledge of history, civics, economics, basic math. It's easier to cover a campaign, especially if you treat it like a horse race, as journalists are inclined to do.

But more because most journalists are liberals, and for liberals, performance is irrelevant.

Only the promises matter.

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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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