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December 2, 2014

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 Jan. 21, 2011 / 16 Shevat, 5771

The booger man of left-wing dreams

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The booger man is scaring our European friends and relations again. The Ugly American, blundering about the landscape like Gulliver on the sauce, is back to haunt their timid reveries. They thought they saw Gulliver in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they recognized him in full in Tucson.

The banging and clanging of public debate, particularly over President Obama's attempt to impose a welfare state with the gassy bloat held so dear on the Continent, makes European teeth itch. And not just the Europeans actually in Europe.

It's the way Americans make free with free speech — rich, robust and occasionally over the top — as if they were armed with a Constitution that guarantees them the right to say whatever pops into their heads, nice or not.

"To many Europeans," writes Simon Jenkins of the Guardian, the tribune of left-thinking London folk eager to transform Albion into a Little England worthy of Europe, "the echo across the Atlantic came from a people isolated from the outside world and unable to handle today's social and scientific progress. The debate [over Mr. Obama's health-care scheme] was infused with nastiness and xenophobia, as if the United States was a land of tribes bred only to hate the outside world, and often themselves.

This is only one man's cranky exercise of envy and ignorance, but it's a symptom of fear growing elsewhere in the once-robust West, where noisy debate and ferocious argument first gave birth to the civilization that tamed the jungle of terrors and superstition. Voices that once might have thundered against the despotism of malicious ignorance now blame the hard-bought freedoms of democracy itself for the terrors of the night.

James V. Hansen, the NASA "climatologist" who is the source of much of the fraudulent science on which the global-warming scam is based, thinks the West should abandon its "fossil-money democracy" and copy the Chinese way of regulating debate because we don't need no stinking free speech.

Mr. Hansen took a junket to China just before Thanksgiving and returned with gratitude for the Chinese example of regulating "democracy." He now regards China, with none of the hobbles of plain talk and free elections, as the "best hope" to save the world from global warming. "I have the impression that Chinese leadership takes the long view, perhaps because of the long history of their culture, in contrast with the West with its short election cycle. At the same time, China has the capacity to implement policy decisions rapidly. The leaders seem to seek the best technical information and do not brand as hoax that which is inconvenient."

Mr. Hansen, who obviously prefers the short view, would dispense with the freedom of speech that makes freedom of scientific inquiry possible. He has not been punished for spreading fear and ignorance as he would in a culture where being wrong is the way to humiliation and worse. He is free to propose, as he did in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, that since Congress won't enact a law to make coal prohibitively expensive, China should lead a boycott of the U.S. economy. "The United States would be forced to make a choice. It could either address its fossil-fuel addiction … or accept continual descent into second-rate and third-rate economic well-being."

Mr. Hansen can expect no knock on his door in the middle of the night to answer for what in China would be regarded as treasonous trash talk, nor should he fear any punishment for predicting two decades ago that in 20 years New York City's "West Side Highway will be under water." Neither Mr. Hansen nor anyone else can water-ski down the West Side Highway yet, though Mr. Hansen might urge everyone else to try.

A few swallows hardly make a summer, but such nonsense by a prominent London columnist and a prominent American scientist is exactly the kind of virulent nonsense we heard from certain of our own pols and pundits in the wake of tragedy in Tucson. "Free speech," writes Mr. Jenkins, "is a Hobbesian jungle. It requires a marketplace of rules, including rules that maintain far and open competition." Just so, and here's a set of rules that have worked wonderfully well for more than two centuries: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

This makes everything else possible. FearfulEuropeans should try it. It works.

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