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 May 17, 2011 / 13 Iyar, 5771

A Tale of Two Cities --- scares the Dickens out of me

By Dave Weinbaum

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Just this morning they announced a blood test that will tell us the day we are going to expire. My results revealed that I had already died five times—all on stage.

Politically, our economy is teetering between depression and hope—the real kind, based on fact. Compare a couple of states that have gone the Lib/progressive way and the conservative route over the last 50 years. I've chosen Texas and Michigan , but other states could be subbed. New Jersey , New York , California and Barack Obama's state, Illinois could easily be substituted on the left. North Dakota , Florida or Alaska could pose on the right.

For the sake of brevity, I'll stick with the classics: Texas VS Michigan: Here are the issues, followed by results.

Personal Income Taxes-Texas no. Michigan yes.

Corporate Taxes-Texas very low. Michigan very high—until new Republican Governor Snyder cut it 86% this year.

Senators-Texas two Repubs. Michigan two Dems.

Representatives-Texas 21 Repubs Ten Dems. Michigan eight Repubs seven Dems. (2008 election results)

Unions-Texas is a Right-to-Work-state. (A law preventing you from having to join a union or pay dues to same as a condition of employment.). Michigan: Huge union presence. Along with gullible auto executives, unions killed and now own the car business in front of legitimate stock and bond holders—courtesy of the Obama Administration.

Illegal immigration-Texas-big problem with no help from Obama Administration. Michigan , not so much.

Unemployment Rate-Texas 8.1%. Michigan 11% (even with the government taking over Chrysler and GM and handing it to the unions.)

Population-Texas gained 466,000 in same period Michigan dropped 33,000.

Further, a comparison between Detroit and Dallas is additional evidence of a forward VS backward society, one which government seeks to control and the other which promotes entrepreneurial growth and, dare I say, capitalism.

Detroit is dying. Houston and Dallas are thriving.

I heard the History Channel was cancelled — too many repeats.

The legacy of Detroit has been that of a socialistic "equal" justice environment, not surprisingly the same now promoted by the Obama Administration. Unless we consider the politicians who exploit this canard to get elected as stupid, we have only one other option—the intentional destruction of economies for their own power/monetary gains for them and their friends.

Societies all over the world have experimented with Socialism. Stalin's USSR, Hitler's Nazi Germany and Mao's China have disintegrated their respective countries. They've been responsible for about 200 million deaths, many of which were their own citizens and the collapse of their economies.

Today, countries of the Euro Continent are on the verge of bankruptcy, i.e. Greece , Spain , Britain and Portugal .

Why isn't the list of death and destruction enough to convince our brilliant president that Socialism is a cancer that needs eradication, not implementation?

The greener grass on the other side browns quicker

On a national basis, there is no doubt we're heading for Detroit-like ruin. Some want to make this a racial issue.

Maybe it is.

In the case of Detroit the black population has dropped 25%, caused by the economy and a 36% abortion rate VS a black US population of just 12%.

The policies of Dem politicians in Michigan mirror those in Washington . Despite Obama's railing against Wall Street, the empowering of the anti-business EPA, a war against oil and coal companies sending gas prices through the roof, blacks and other poor minorities have suffered the most. While unemployment is nine percent for the rest of America , the rate is almost double for blacks. What kind of equal justice is that? Further, when will blacks realize that when they elect Dems they're choosing against their own best interests?

But there is some positive news for environmentalists. Detroit has lost so many people that wildlife is moving back in. One man makes a few bucks hunting raccoons and selling the meat to his neighbors. Plus, the first beaver was spotted in a vacated Detroit Polish neighborhood in over 75 years. The EPA SHOULD BE PROUD!

Socialism isn't a system of fairness. It's a Ponzi scheme that destroys everyone in the end.

America , don't be fooled by Obama's posturing as a middle-of-the-road guy. Look at what he's done, not what he's said.

I heard Detroit took the death-prediction test. Results were they'd expire in a year -- but they couldn't pay for the exam. The test administrator said, "Alright already! I'll give you another year!"

Hmmm, just in time for the 2012 elections!

Vote Dallas and you may just save Detroit .

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