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 August 13, 2010/ 3 Elul, 5770

The Twin Towers of Progressive Disconnect

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | And so the true intentions of the would-be Ground Zero mosque builders are revealed: to put it in real estate terms it is indeed all about "location, location, location." New York Governor David Patterson, in a rare moment of clear-headed thinking, offered to provide state property to the Cordoba House builders if they were willing to move the site farther away from its currently intended location, two blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood. Patterson was turned down. Is anyone who hasn't succumbed to the cancer of elitist, progressive thinking really surprised?

Like the formerly massive presence of the Twin Towers themselves, two giant issues demonstrate the complete and utter disconnect between progressives, who see the world they wish to see, and ordinary Americans, most of whom see the world the way it is:

The Ground Zero mosque is one, and the federal government's lawsuit against the state of Arizona is the other.

It is hard to remember two such galvanizing concerns playing themselves out at the same time. On the other hand, the timing itself couldn't be better: less than four months before the critical mid-term elections in November, Americans are getting an up-front and personal look at the difference between "Us" and "Them."

"Us" are the people of New York, along with the substantial majority of Americans who support them, rightly appalled by the thought of an Islamic center being constructed by media-pronounced "moderate Muslims" two blocks from where "not so moderate" Muslims exterminated nearly 3000 Americans. The "moderate" Muslims are being led by "moderate" Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, who categorically refuses to condemn Hamas as the terrorist organization it truly is--and who's currently touring the Middle East on the taxpayer dime in yet another "Muslim outreach project" that progressive elitists love.

Here's the essence of progressive disconnect: the State Department has assured us that Rauf will be "prohibited" from doing any fund-raising for his Ground Zero project while on tour. Really? How? Is he going to wearing a wire or be followed around by a cameraman and a translator 24/7? Is his phone going to be tapped?

Only an idiot--or a liberal--could be that gullible, yet there are plenty of them willing to believe such laughable nonsense. Exactly like they believe a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero is a "wonderful expression" of religious tolerance even though, as the opening paragraph indicates, tolerance is the last thing the mosque builders themselves could give a damn about.

Rejecting Patterson's offer is as clear as it gets. At least it is to "Us." Ordinary folks know an "in your face" defiance--coupled with a big "screw you" to the millions of Americans whose lives were upended by 9/11--when they see one. And no amount of name-calling or nose-in-the-air contempt for them demonstrated by progressive elites and their media water-carriers is going to persuade them that it's any different.

Because it's not--plain and simple.

As for Arizona, that too doesn't get any plainer or simpler. The Obama administration, courtesy of perhaps the most compromised Justice Department in the history of the republic, is sending "Us" a message: we're not going to defend your property or your lives, and we're not going to allow you to do it, either. Any attempt to do so constitutes "racial profiling."

Again, progressives are completely out of touch. Millions upon millions of people have crossed our southern border illegally, the overwhelming majority of which are Hispanic in origin. Yet in the fantasy world of progressives, such a blatant statistical reality is to be treated as automatic evidence of racism if a cop has the "temerity" to factor it into any arrest. This is an extension of their similar obtuseness regarding other undeniable, but "unpleasant" realities, such as black Americans committing greater numbers of crimes relative to their percentage of the population--or the fact that virtually every terrorist plot uncovered since 9/11 involves Muslim perpetrators.

When reality conflicts with the progressive worldview, reality loses. And those who dare to mention reality are tarred and feathered by the elites, courtesy of a media which genuflects before them.

What it truly fascinating about the illegal alien debate is the progressives' refusal to say what is not racial profiling. I have yet to see a single individual from the "They" camp wiling to say what they consider a "proper" way of determining someone's immigration status in the midst of a bust, even for a felony. Ironically in liberal la-la land, no one of a particular skin color, in this case brown, should be required to prove they are here legally.

So who's profiling race again?

None of this is lost on ordinary Americans. They understand this is nothing more than a ham-fisted attempt by the progressive elites to prevent virtually anyone from being deported. They know the feds could shut down the border anytime they want to, and refuse to do so for the basest of political considerations: to prevent ordinary Americans from voting them out of office by diluting their voting power with millions of newly-amnestied illegals.

Sometimes the bromide, "experience is the best teacher" can be a painful thing for a nation. Far too many Americans bought into "hope and change" without examining the fine print, because they never lived through the last flowering of unbridled progressivism, known as the "Carter years." Right now I'd bet Jimmy Carter is the happiest man in America. With each passing day, it is becoming evident that the "worst president in modern history" will be relinquishing his title belt. And if approval stats are any indication, our Democratically-controlled Congress is already the undisputed champion and foremost representative of the giant chasm between "Us" and "Them."

And it is worth reminding "Us" that these Democrats, despite their "blame Bush" mantra have been in control for four years, come November. This is yet another "inconvenient" fact our worthless media likes to ignore.

Don't you ignore it. Toss these arrogant bums out of office in November. And remember the last time Dems were kicked to the curb in 1994, elitist anchorman, the late Peter Jennings, referred to it as a national "temper tantrum." I've got a far better term for it this time.

National catharsis.

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A Far Better ‘National Discussion’
08/09/10: It's ‘Only’ One Dead Nun
08/06/10: Incremental Tyranny
08/04/10: Ground Zero Mosque: Context Counts
08/02/10: The Arizona Ruling: a Gift for November
07/29/10: The United Cities of America
07/26/10: JournoList: ‘Coordinated’ Ideological Bankruptcy
07/20/10: Go For Broke Or Get Out of the Way
07/14/10: You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe…
07/12/10: $33-an-hour--For Sleeping On the Job
07/08/10: Extortionist Government
07/06/10: ‘Commerce Clause’ Totalitarians
07/01/10: Another Public School Travesty in MA
06/30/10: Calling YOUR Bluff, Mr. President
06/28/10: A Trifecta of Progressive Corruption
06/23/10: Plug the Darn Hole --- In Our Border
06/21/10: Our Empty-Suit-in-Chief
06/16/10: Betraying Our Children
06/14/10: Who Gets the Benefit of the Doubt?
06/07/10: Politically Correct Warfare
06/01/10: Bill Maher's ‘Black’ President
05/25/10: A Mosque At Ground Zero
05/23/10: Libs Stand Tall --- For Mexico
05/19/10: The 'Unintended Consequences' of Liberalism
05/17/10: 'Los' Suns: Stuck on Stupido
05/12/10: Union Audacity: Yes We Will!
05/10/10: Greeks, Leaks and and Double-Speak
05/05/10: Twelve Million Illegals --- or Thirty?
05/02/10: Republicans: Playing Not to Lose Doesn't Cut It
04/28/10: Arizona: Progressivism's Waterloo?
04/26/10: Son of Amnesty
04/22/10: Mortgages and Moral Meltdowns
04/20/10: Bashing Christians — Or Gays?
04/15/10: Personal Integri-‘tea’
04/12/10: Fools, Tools and Ghouls
04/08/10: (Tea) Party On
04/05/10: The Triumph of Mediocrity
04/02/10: Two For the Road
03/29/10: The Innate Immorality of Liberalism
03/24/10: The Art of War
03/22/10: I Want My Country Back
03/18/10: A Perpetual Process
03/17/10: American Exhibitionists
03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
03/10/10: Little Things Mean A Lot
02/03/10: Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2010, Arnold Ahlert