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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 28, 2014 / 26 Adar II, 5774

Hail the distinguished drop-outs

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | Some of our politicians just don't get it. They don't understand the wired world, and pay the price for talking when they shouldn't. Loose lips that sink ships ruin election campaigns, too.

Mitt Romney learned this when he told what he imagined to be a friendly audience in Florida that "47 percent of the people will vote for Barack Obama, no matter what" because they're dependent on the government. Someone in the crowd had an iPhone and the remarks went "viral" on the Internet. His campaign caught a cold and never recovered.

Republicans have sometimes invited the crack Gaffe Patrol to shoot them down. This happened two years ago when the Republican attempt to take back the U.S. Senate was foiled by two candidates who didn't know what they were talking about offered lectures on rape, when it's "legitimate" and when it's not. They haven't been heard from since.

So far in this year of midterm elections, the celebrated stumblers are Democrats. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, perhaps the most endangered of the red-state senators, let his frustration at running behind in the public-opinion polls betray him, and he called his likely Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, an interloper who returned home to exploit his two tours of military duty, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, as qualifications for office.

He thinks he's "entitled" because he wore the uniform, Mr. Pryor, who never put on the uniform, said of him. He inevitably apologized, of course.

The latest gaffemeister is Rep. Tom Braley, a congressman from Iowa, where corn, wheat and hogs are prized and the farm is regarded as the repository of the virtues. Mr. Braley is not only a lawyer, but a tort lawyer, forever on the scout for an ambulance speeding toward the hospital with a client.

He's running for the U.S. Senate to replace Tom Harkin, a liberal and a colleague of Iowa's other senator, Chuck Grassley, a conservative Republican who will be chairman of the Judiciary Committee, passing on judicial appointments, if the Republicans, as many expect, regain control of the Senate in November.

Mr. Braley went to Texas the other day to squeeze campaign contributions from a group of tort lawyers who specialize in persuading juries to award outlandish settlements and are highly trained to collect more than their fair share of the money.

It's important, he told the lawyers, "to get someone with [our] background" who has been "fighting against tort reform for 30 years."Then he posed an alternative he would like to have back. "You might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school and never practiced law as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, because if the Democrats lose the [Senate] majority, Chuck Grassley will be the next chair."



He later offered the usual apology to Mr. Grassley, and more important, to the farmers of Iowa, who wouldn't judge a man by whether he went to law school, or even to college. Mr. Braley loves tort lawyers. He was one of the first congressmen to endorse John Edwards, the king of the tort lawyers, if not so much the prince of family values, for president.Much of the money Mr. Braley collects for his Senate run comes from out-of-state lawyers who regard him as a prudent investment.

Mr. Grassley is a graduate of Iowa State Teachers College and worked on a Ph.D. (in political science) before dropping out to take a job as a sheet-metal worker. College and even law school are worthy and important, but high school and college dropouts can be good people, too.

A few examples: Paul Allen dropped out of the University of Washington and persuaded Bill Gates to leave Harvard and join him in Albuquerque, N.M., to start a company they called Microsoft. Larry Page quit Stanford to organize a company he called Google. Peter LaHaye was a high-school dropout who would invent a plastic lens widely used for cataract patients. Pablo Picasso dropped out of art school because it bored him. Woody Allen was kicked out of NYU for poor grades and then City College for, as he describes it, "cheating on the metaphysical final; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me." John D. Rockefeller and John Jacob Astor were high-school dropouts, and so were two of our most distinguished presidents, Andrew Jackson and Harry S Truman.

Full-disclosure time: I'm a dropout, too, from the second semester of my freshman year. The junior college threatened to sue me when I couldn't pay the back tuition. Now they list me as a distinguished alum (which I'm actually not). No apology, but no harm, no foul.

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