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 Feb. 26, 2010 / 12 Adar 5770

It Happens Every Six Years

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Every six years, a great change takes place in those Southern senators who are usually go-along-to-get-along Democrats. Instead of voting with the liberals, they're suddenly transformed into conservatives.

The senior senator from Arkansas is a case study in this hexennial phenomenon. In her latest deviation from the party line, Blanche Lincoln has just voted to keep the nomination of a labor lawyer from coming to a vote in the U.S. Senate.

It seems only a little while ago, maybe because it was, that Senator Lincoln was providing key votes for Obamacare. She stopped as Election Day approached and at least half a dozen Republican candidates announced for her seat.

What a difference an election year can make. Or even a special election in Massachusetts, where a Republican — a Republican! — was elected to Ted Kennedy's old seat in the Senate. Talk about a shocker. The repercussions were national, as Democrats in Congress backed away from Obamacare.

Not that Senator Lincoln's vote against this dubious appointment to the National Labor Relations Board wasn't justified on its own merits. Those opposing the nomination of Craig Becker, Esq., took particular note of an article he'd written suggesting that the NLRB could cancel union elections even without Congress' consent. So much for respect for the law.

It's one thing to have spent years representing the most powerful unions in the country — the AFL-CIO and the SEIU, the Service Employees International Union — but quite another to suggest ways they could dominate the labor market without going through the inconvenience of an election.

Craig Becker is a long-time supporter of the card-check system that would effectively replace the secret ballot in union elections, but his proposing a way to get around the law represented a new low. Having him serve on a supposedly impartial commission would have been a travesty.

In the end, the vote in this Democrat-dominated Senate was only 52 to 33 for advancing his nomination, well short of the magic number of 60 it takes to close debate.

Letter from JWR publisher

The other senator from Arkansas did not vote. At least he was being consistent, for you can count on Mark Pryor to stay neutral in any moral crisis. Like a vote for or against the principle of free elections. And not being up for re-election this year, he didn't have to don conservative colors.

As satisfying as the outcome of this particular vote may have been for those of us who put rather a high value on free and impartial elections, there is also something deeply sad about the whole spectacle: Here was a president who has said such fine things about uniting the country behind him, and he was nominating a partisan ideologue to a quasi-judicial position.

I know there are some who don't believe a word Barack Obama says, but I'd like to hold on to the dream that he can bring us together. This nomination shredded that illusion.

Was the president so determined to reward the unions for all the backing they'd given him on the way to the White House that he really didn't care about the basic principles his nominee had dismissed so lightly — like the rule of law, free elections and the secret ballot?

A president shouldn't be dispensing favors like some Chicago ward heeler. To quote a late great mayor of New York, the one and only Fiorello La Guardia, "My first qualification for this great office is my monumental personal ingratitude."

Barack Obama isn't the first president to make a wholly unsuitable appointment. During the early days of the Clinton administration, a professor of law named Lani Guinier was briefly nominated to head the Civil Rights Division at Justice — but it turned out she'd written some embarrassing articles espousing race-based elections. And her incautious words had been carefully preserved in various legal journals.

No matter how hard Lani Guinier tried to explain away what she'd written, and how many times she said she really hadn't meant what she'd said, it did her no good. In short, she found herself in much the position Craig Becker did just the other day. Professor Guinier was unceremoniously dumped by the White House, and a cipher found for the position.

It's a lesson the history-free Obama administration is having to learn from scratch: As a matter of practical politics in America, better a blank appointee than someone who not only has devised some outrageous schemes but put them in writing.

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