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 Nov. 14, 2013/ 11 Kislev, 5774

PunditFact/PolitiFact: Media Bias Strikes Again --- At Me

By Larry Elder

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When PunditFact — the new offspring from the folks at PolitiFact — contacted me, they wanted sources for "all of the claims" in the following statement I made Nov. 4 on CNN's "Crossfire":

"In 1900, at all three levels of government — federal, state and local — government took less than 10 percent of the American people's money. Now, we're talking about 35 percent, and when you add a dollar value to mandates, we're talking almost 50 percent."

What's the problem? PunditFact rated the statement as "mostly false." For added measure, PunditFact called the assertions "eye-popping."

No, I was not "mostly false." At worst, I was "mostly true." Broken down, "all" of my "claims" consist of three assertions. They are:

1) On size of government in 1900: "Less than 10 percent." PunditFact doesn't bother to even mention their findings on this "claim" — no doubt because the number I gave is accurate. In essence, PunditFact admits I'm right.

2) On amount government now takes: "Now ... 35 percent." PunditFact admits I'm right.

3) On amount government takes at all levels when you "add a dollar value to mandates": I said, "Almost 50 percent." This requires judgment and assignment of value to things that are difficult to quantify. But there is a cost, even by the Elder-was-wrong experts PunditFact cited — and the cost is north of zero.

Yet PunditFact determined that since a) it is difficult to quantify the cost of mandates, and b) experts disagree, my entire statement — all three "eyepopping" assertions — are scored "mostly false"?! This is nonsense.

For added measure, PunditFact quoted one tax professor: "Mr. Elder's statement is too vague to be useful for any purpose other than generating 'hallelujahs!' from the choir he is preaching to." Nice touch.

So I challenged PunditFact on my radio show, and to PunditFact's credit, the editor agreed to an interview. After our interview, I sent him the following letter:

"Thanks again for coming on. You're a stand-up guy.

"I respectfully and formally request that you re-visit your rating — in hopes that I will get a fair one. I made good arguments this evening in our interview — and you knew it.

"My quote consisted of three factual assertions.

"You've admitted that the first two were correct, leaving us with the 'cost' of mandates as our only unresolved issue.

"Katie's letter (Katie Sanders is the reporter who wrote the piece) spoke of fact checking 'all' my 'claims.'

"In the 'mostly false' fact check, you call my assertions — plural — 'eye-popping.' Plural, of course, means you not only found my 'almost 50 percent' claim 'eye-popping,' but you had to have found at least one of my two other assertions 'eye-popping,' as well.

"Katie said 'all,' not 'both.' 'All,' to me, means three claims — not one, not two.

"Two of my 'eye-popping claims' were true, but I still get 'mostly false.'

"You essentially said that it was the most 'eye-popping' of my claims — so you gave it more weight. That is also unfair.

"First, PunditFact switched the goal posts from being concerned about 'all' my assertions, to ignoring the two that check out.

"Second, why do you think the 'almost 50 percent' part was the most 'eye popping' assertion? I don't. I'm willing to bet, as I said in our interview, that Katie was gob-smacked when she heard that in 1900 government took less than 10 percent and now it takes 35 percent! But this 'eye-popping' (and truthful) assertion checks out and gets ignored. Suddenly, you focus only on the 'almost 50 percent' part. Unfair.

"Finally, you say 'you could find no expert' to corroborate the 50 percent number. Really? I offered Grover Norquist's organization, and it assigns an even higher number to the cost of mandates. You rejected that. Nobody at the American Enterprise Institute? Nobody at the libertarian Reason Foundation? Nobody at Heritage? Nobody at the Competitive Enterprise Institute?

"I won't even bring up the lenient grade you gave Ed Schultz when he exaggerated the number of teachers Gov. Chris Christie supposedly 'fired' by over 30 percent — and still got a 'half truth.'

"Soft on lefties, hard on conservatives?

"Please reconsider. I take my credibility quite seriously, and you've slammed my character and integrity. Stuff like this affects one's stature and even career. You should have been more considerate and respectful.

"I treated you with courtesy and respect tonight. I hope you will do likewise.


Media tells us that the lost and "schizophrenic" GOP cannot decide between the tea party and "more mainstream candidates." But if liberal media bias didn't exist, it wouldn't matter whether they nominated Texas' Sen. Ted Cruz or New Jersey's Christie. UCLA Professor Tim Groseclose, author of the media bias book "Left Turn," says that in presidential elections, liberal media bias gives Dems an 8 to 10 point advantage out of the gate. Were the media truly "fair and balanced," the voting electorate, writes Groseclose, would resemble red state Texas.

The old line goes, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own set of facts. Yet leftwing fact-checkers give us leftwing "facts."

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