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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 March 15, 2013/ 4 Nissan, 5773

There's nothing like a brawl

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Two cats fighting on the back fence can ruin a man's sleep, but in the cat world the noisy arguments between Tom and his feline lady friends rarely settle anything. All they accomplish is more cats.

The Democrats have used this formula to great advantage over the years, squabbling like cats and moving on to win elections so they can put far-reaching legislative programs in place. Most of all, Democrats love to fight. "I'm not a member of an organized political party," the comedian and philosopher Will Rogers famously said. "I'm a Democrat."

The Republicans don't quite get how the game works; they blew a reasonably promising opportunity to take back the U.S. Senate last year when Republican nominees in Missouri and Indiana decided they wanted to be gynecologists, not senators, and lectured voters on how babies are made. The party still might have made it to a Senate majority if other Republicans — the elites, as they imagine themselves — had not saved the Democrats the trouble of organizing a lynch mob. The Democrats politely stepped aside and let the Republican elites lead in destroying their nominees.

Democrats would never have played the game quite that way. They're not much concerned with good manners or the rules of the Marquis of Queensbury, or the rules of a marquis of anywhere else. They have their own housebreaking rituals, but want first of all to win elections. They generally take the advice that Ronald Reagan once gave to his party, "speak no ill of another Republican." The Gipper knew the opposition would do that, so why help them?

This week, conservatives from everywhere, Republicans all, converged on Washington — actually a suburb of Washington — for the annual winter meeting of the Conservative Political Action Committee, an occasion to size up ambitious governors, senators and others who would be president, and to indulge talk and speculation about 2016. This year they're "a contentious generation of conservatives," as The Washington Times called them, learning to squabble successfully like cats and Democrats.

In the wake of losing a national election, there's always lots to view with alarm, and not much to point with pride about, as the cliché goes, and some of the contentious conservatives are still taking their cues from the Democrats and media liberals, as if by long habit, pounding on Barack Obama's talking points, continuing to blame George W. Bush for drones, global warming, sinkholes, immigration woes, the economy, the heartbreak of psoriasis and whatever else the White House can find in the morning papers to drool over.

Angelo Codevilla, a professor at Boston University and a CPAC panelist on "the costs of war," is among those unable to climb out of the rut of 2008. He's terrified of the buzz that Jeb Bush may be the man for 2016. He thinks Jeb should be "smart enough to know that the name 'Bush' is poison in American politics today. The left hates [George W.] and nobody on the right really likes him. If somehow the Republican Party were to nominate Jeb Bush you would have the final defeat of the Republican Party. The Republican Party would cease to exist."

Or not. There's always an appetite for doom and gloom, but others at CPAC don't share the vision of doom and gloom so deep that nothing short of an asteroid, preferably a big one like the one that killed the dinosaurs, could challenge the resurgence of the Bush family. Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, thinks the record of the two Bush presidencies is "mixed" and the positives might outweigh the negatives of the younger brother and former governor of Florida. No one else starts with the strengths of a Bush, he says, "and no family has [such an] attractive Rolodex as the Bush family does, with thousands of loyal followers."

The great mass of Americans can't understand why anyone would be talking about an election four years away; most Americans are enjoying the luxury of not thinking about politics at all. But politics and the future is what CPAC is all about; if you don't obsess about the next election 24/7, CPAC is not the place for you.

Choosing a frontrunner for '16 is an exercise only for silly people. Of 18 straw polls taken at CPAC to predict Republican nominees, only 3 accurately predicted actual nominees. Straw polls are nevertheless harmless unless taken seriously. But passionate preference can be fun. You could ask the cat.

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