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 May 23, 2014 / 23 Iyar, 5774


By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Attention all young marketing people! Before you start selling your wares to the public, here's a little tip: know your merchandise and know who you're selling to. If you don't, then you just look really stupid. Case in point: I recently received an E-mail ad from Movies Unlimited, a catalog company which sells DVD's through the mail and over the internet. The title of the E-mail was "Comedies From the 1940's On Sale Today!"

When I clicked on their ad they showed a sampling of 25 of the many comedies which were part of the sale, including Bob Hope, W.C. Fields, and Marx Bros. favorites. So far so good, right? Ah, but wait! Also listed as "comedies" were "The Bishops Wife," "The Bells of Saint Mary's," and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir." Here's the problem, kids. Although there are light moments in all three of these pictures, they are not comedies in the true sense of that catagory. Not even close. Any real movie fan would know this.

Fans of classic movies from the forties pretty much know their stuff and would never lump "The Bells of Saint Mary's" in with "My Little Chickadee," or "The Paleface." Only some 23 year old web marketer who has never watched a black and white movie in her life and thinks that classic comedy films began with Ben Stiller would make the choices in that ad. Maybe for the Millennial Generation any movie made in the forties is considered a comedy. But guess what? - people that would buy pictures from that era are generally people who actually know those pictures. By being truly stupid you are alienating your potential market. Wise up.

It has become apparent that Major League Baseball in their desire to show how all-inclusive they are, are using more and more girls as ball boys. For every little girl who gets this prestigious slot on the field, that is one less little boy who won't. You can imagine there must be millions of little boys who love baseball so much and would do anything and give anything to be a ball boy for a major league club.

Yes, yes, yes, I know. Women's rights and all the rest of that jazz. But can't there be SOMETHING that remains just a boy thing? I mean really. Can't there? Why do girls have to be a part of everything that boys do? Girls can be ball girls for women's teams, let boys be ball boys for the men's teams. Until the time comes when we have women playing in the majors right along side of the men (and that time will come, I'm sure), let the ball boys be boys.

Another major league gripe I have is with women sports commentators who interview the ball players in the dugout and in the locker rooms. It's such an obvious feminist push into men's privacy. Is there a place where only men are? Well, we can't have that, can we? Let's just make damn sure that men can never, ever gather any place without women. What's interesting, though, is that it never seems to work the other way. Have you ever seen a male sports commentator interviewing a female athlete in the women's locker room?

Regular readers of this column know that I'm no fan of zoos, animal acts, or circuses. I have never gotten any enjoyment out of seeing animals in cages or watching them being forced into performing. But I'm no fan of false litigation led by lying lawyers, either. And I also have a major beef with hypocritical news media with a slanted agenda. So the news that came out last week concerning Ringling Brothers was good news for me on a couple of fronts. You probably never heard about it.

Last Thursday Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced a legal settlement under which it will get $15.75 million from the Humane Society of the United States and other animal-rights groups. This follows a 2012 agreement by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to pay $9.3 million to the circus as well. Why are they paying the circus? These groups have to pay up because they were paying off to a former circus employee to make false testimony against Ringling Brothers, accusing the circus of abusing their elephants. It was proven to be lies and deliberate deceit.

The animal rights groups took Ringling Brothers to court on the basis of nothing but phony claims and now they have to pay for it. Good. Good number one, because it's always great to find out that animals weren't abused after all. Good number two, because usually in big lawsuits like this, the standard business response, even if you're innocent, is to quickly settle out of court with the accuser, so as not to incur more costs and bad publicity.

Ringling Brothers knew it did nothing wrong in this case and had the courage not to cave. They fought the lies and they won. But this wasn't the way it was supposed to come out as far as the politically correct news media were concerned. That's why you probably never heard this story last week.

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