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. 25, 2011 / 21 Adar I, 5771

There's trouble brewing back home in Indiana

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Richard Lugar was President Nixon's favorite mayor when he was back home in Indiana, and now he's President Obama's favorite senator. And why not? He represents a mostly red state but his heart bleeds true blue. He's an easy bleeder.

No other Republican, Republican in Name Only (RINO) or not, has scorned Tea Party voters and their concerns with such enthusiasm. Next year, when he runs for his seventh term, he will answer a question that titillates Washington: Can a sitting senator in a red state tell Tea Party voters to get lost and live to tell his colleagues about it?

He relishes opportunities to taunt the most conservative voters in his party for their opposition to the Obama schemes to transform the culture and make us all pay for it. He supports TARP, the DREAM Act and leaped to endorse the president's first two nominees to the Supreme Court almost before the news of their appointments reached Capitol Hill. Mr. Lugar is particularly abusive to anyone who demurs from his sycophantic promotion of any and all arms-control agreements.

"I've got to say," he said of Tea Party voters to an Indiana television interviewer the other day, "'Get real.' I hear Tea Party or other people talking about they were against START. I said, 'Well now, hang on here.'" Mr. Lugar met Tea Party leaders in Indianapolis shortly before Christmas, but the session broke up without much of the cheer of the season. The Tea Party Express, the campaign arm of the movement, listed Mr. Lugar as one of their first Senate targets for 2012.

This week Mr. Lugar drew his first strong Republican opposition. Richard Mourdock, the elected state treasurer, said he was running and had already collected promises of support from nearly 80 percent of the Republican county chairmen of Indiana. He told Indiana voters in his announcement speech: "Mr. Lugar even went so far as to say that the Tea Party needs to 'get real.' Please understand, I understand the 'reality' in which you live . . . You are not disconnected from reality; it is those living in that fantasy land of Washington, D.C., where taxpayers are seen as revenue sources and burdensome regulations are seen as the product of a good day's work. It is the elite of Washington, D.C., who must 'get real'."

The senator's defiance of his home folks is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to either the tea leaves or the newspapers. He has courted Mr. Obama for years, and on the day of the final presidential debate of the 2008 campaign he endorsed the squishy Obama warning against John McCain's purported "reactionary" and "isolationist" ideas about how to project and promote American interests abroad. That very night, in the last presidential debate, Mr. Obama praised the senator as among those "who have shaped my ideas and who will be surrounding me in the White House." Such emotion usually comes with a wet kiss. Mr. Lugar didn't discourage speculation that he might be Mr. Obama's secretary of state. He stayed in the Senate but was an honorary co-chairman of the Obama inauguration.

The senator has developed a talent for slipping away from the particulars of his voting record and sliding into easy accommodation with Democrats and other liberals. He was once a reliable (more or less) ally of President George W. Bush for effective prosecution of the war in Iraq, but abandoned the war effort in June 2007, saying it was time to quit. The Democratic whip in the Senate praised Mr. Lugar's speech as "thoughtful, sincere and honest," the usual arglebargle showered on those who agree with you, and Harry Reid, the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, was struck dumb (but not mute) by the grandeur of the Lugar remorse: "When this war comes to an end . . . and the history books are written . . . Sen. Lugar's word . . . [will] be remembered as a turning point in this intractable civil war in Iraq." (Another kiss.)

He voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment limiting the definition of marriage to one bride and one bridegroom, but voted to expand descriptions of "hate crimes" to include a gassy proscription against weird sexual orientation and odd sexual identity. He voted against repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but after Joe Lieberman explained that Democrats wanted to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Mr. Lugar joined them in repealing the policy.

After Mr. Lugar briefly ran for president in 1996, he withdrew quickly when it became apparent that he might not carry his street back home in Indiana. Later, a reporter asked him if he would consider running for president again. No, he said, "that's for Barack." Butch always keeps the Sundance Kid's back.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times. Comment by clicking here.

Wesley Pruden Archives

© 2007 Wesley Pruden