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 April 24, 2013/ 14 Iyar, 5773

Guns and libs: Take a stand, make 'reality' fit

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For his weekly radio address April 13, President Barack Obama turned the microphone over to Francine Wheeler, mother of Ben, 6, one of 20 children murdered at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14.

Her eyes moist with tears, Ms. Wheeler pleaded with listeners to pressure the Senate to pass new gun control laws "before our tragedy becomes your tragedy."

Ms. Wheeler didn't explain how the legislation she supports would have prevented the murder of Ben and so many others. She couldn't, because it wouldn't.

"There is nothing in this legislation that addresses the fact pattern at Sandy Hook," a "senior Senate aide" told the Weekly Standard. If all the measures currently before the Senate had been law on Dec. 14, they'd have done nothing to impede Adam Lanza's murder spree.

This fact hasn't prevented sponsors of the gun control measures from claiming their bills should be passed to prevent a repetition of such killings.

After he made a speech in Hartford April 8, President Obama invited Ms. Wheeler and 11 other family members to fly back to Washington with him on Air Force One to lobby the Senate to pass measures he claimed would "make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down."

Much of the news media -- beginning with a feature on CBS's "60 Minutes" program -- showered sympathetic attention on them and their lobbying efforts.

"The families are well educated, and many are well off," said Politico. "With access to money and media, they're using persistence, visibility -- and, most of all, their unique moral authority -- to help prod Senate action."

To remind lawmakers of their victim status, they left behind a color photo of their relatives who were slain, Politico noted approvingly.

For liberals -- liberal journalists especially -- the trump card in any political debate is the "unique moral authority" of victims. Their feelings must be assuaged, even if doing what they advocate won't advance the goals they seek.

That's essentially what 15,000 law enforcement officers said in responding to an Internet questionnaire posted last month by PoliceOne.com. A ban on "high capacity" magazines won't reduce violent crime, said 95.7 percent of respondents. Banning so-called "assault rifles" would have no effect on crime, said 71 percent. Such a ban would make crime worse, said 20.5 percent. If all the gun control measures President Obama advocates became law, it would have no effect on their safety, said 60.6 percent.

All sympathize with parents who have suffered so terrible a loss. But in judging the efficacy of particular gun control measures, the opinion of police officers should carry more weight. So why haven't the bigfoot media reported the results of this survey?

That was a rhetorical question. Even if they were sincere, we should reject emotional appeals to "do something" in the wake of a tragedy, because laws should be based on facts and logic. But for liberals -- liberal journalists especially -- only those victims with the proper opinions have "unique moral authority."

• Mark Mattioli's son James, 6, was killed at Sandy Hook, but most journalists who've lavished attention on Ms. Wheeler have ignored Mr. Mattioli because he doesn't think more gun control laws will help.

• Patricia Smith is a grieving mother, too. But most journalists pay little attention to her quest for answers about her son's death because he was killed at the consulate in Benghazi on 9/11/2012.

• More kids are getting gunned down in Chicago than anywhere else; Chicago has strict gun control laws but this is infrequently pointed out by the media.

• Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is accused of beheading babies born alive. Most in the mainstream national media have paid scant attention to the fate of his innocent victims.

Now we're onto continuing coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. And as Jonathan Tobin of Commentary magazine has noted, "So many of the people who are so insistent that Boston should not lead to a disproportionate government response to terrorism are often the same ones who have been asking to use Newtown as an excuse to enact far-reaching gun legislation."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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