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 April 13, 2012/ 21 Nissan, 5772

Blooming News Items

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Ahh, spring is here and once again all kinds of things are blooming, I mean besides flowers, like blooming idiots. Check out this bunch of blooming idiotic news events of late….

Item #1: As part of its Easter Egg Roll festivities, the White House conducted a basketball clinic for kids featuring pro players. As reported by ABC White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, the balls being used had a large image of Barack Obama's face on them against the American flag with his name spelled out in bold letters on the red part of the stripes. It's the United States of Obama!

Let's see, what adjective shall we use…Narcissistic? Egocentric? Self-absorbed? Self-aggrandizing? Arrogant? Take your pick. And Obama and his supporters paint Romney as an out of touch elitist? What a joke. Imagine if George W. Bush had stuff made with his face printed on it, the press would have had a field day. Besides the outlandish arrogance of printing Obama's face on basketballs, you have the question of the extra government spending to manufacture them at a time when our country is in deep debt.

But it sort of all fits the profile. Remember that this is the same guy, who as a presidential candidate in 2008, had his own "presidential seal" designed with his name on it. And he said the "oceans were going to rise" if he became president.

Item #2: Easter Bunnies hiding colored eggs, Easter baskets brimming with candy, Marshmallow Peeps, Sunrise services, pastel colored Easter bonnets, there are so many lovely and charming Easter traditions. And then there's this one… "the burning of the Jews." That's right, hold on to your Cadbury eggs because you're not going to believe this.

A newspaper in Mexico is detailing last Easter Sunday's "burning of the Jews," an annual tradition in Coita, a small town in the state of Chiapas. As part of the custom, locals spend the middle of their Holy Week making Jewish effigies - a reference to Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus before his crucifixion.

The fake Jews are then displayed for three days in different parts of the town, serving as an example of poor conduct. They're ultimately paraded through the streets on Easter Sunday, with local children assigned to stand in front of them and collect money for flammable materials.

The news article notes that the tradition differs in Coita, where locals set fire to the effigies on Easter itself, rather than the day before, as in other towns. The burning is followed by a dance, where locals eat a corn treat made with cocoa. The article says the custom "strengthens" the culture of the Zoque, an indigenous people in southern Mexico who were converted to Catholicism. The Chiapas Herald takes an uncritical view of the ritual, reporting that it "fosters unity and respect" and "purifies the soul." How charming.

Item #3: To celebrate the "Arab Spring," Muslim Brotherhood officials were in Washington last week, largely to meet with Obama administration officials. White House spokesman, Jay Carney, said representatives from the world's largest Islamic supremist movement, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, met with National Security Council staff last week because the group plays a "prominent role" in Cairo. Further, NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor explained "It is in the interest of the United States to engage with parties that are committed to democratic principles, especially nonviolence."

Either Vietor is a liar or he's really, really stupid, because anyone who knows anything about the history of the Brotherhood is aware of its violence and hatred of anything that is not in keeping with strict Sharia law. The Muslim Brotherhood is anti-democratic, anti-woman, and anti-Western civilization. That they are committed to the death of Jews and the destruction of Israel goes without saying.

The White House spokesman said "we have broadened our engagement." Sure, you might say that by hosting the Islamist group that gave birth to al Qaeda and Hamas, praises Iran's Hezbollah, and will transform Egypt into a Sharia compliant state that seeks Israel's destruction and creates a new terrorist sanctuary you "have broadened the White House engagement."

The group's intent in coming to Washington is to secure President Barack Obama's support as Egypt transitions from a caretaker military council government to one monopolized by Islamists. By hosting them, the White house gives them "street creds," as they say. That is, enhancing their reputation in the world and the Middle East as a viable, legitimate governing entity. And, oh yeah, another thing the Muslim Brotherhood got from the White House was $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt.

By the way, at the same time that the Brotherhood was visiting the Obama White House, Israel was hit by a missile fired out of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Crazy coincidence? Or maybe a jab from the "Bros" to Israel as a reminder that with a little help from their friends at the White House Egypt has gotten a bit of that "hope and change" thing for themselves.

Yep, spring is in full bloom.

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