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 Aug 20, 2012/ 2 Elul, 5772

There are some Obama statements that even the mainstream media can't overlook

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When the president or his aides and allies have gilded, massaged, stretched, twisted, shaved or mugged the truth, most in the "mainstream" media have covered for them.

In consequence, Team Obama's departures from the truth have grown more frequent; the distance between what they say and the facts has lengthened. There seemed to be no limit to the dissimulation, deceit and dishonesty the news media would overlook...

So they put out an ad charging Mitt Romney with the cancer death of the wife of a steelworker. There must have been shock in Team Obama when many of their friends in journalism sharply criticized them for it.

The ad was produced by a super pac headed by former White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton. It features Joe Soptic, who lost his job when GST Steel in Kansas City went bankrupt. GST Steel was owned by Bain Capital, the investment firm Mr. Romney co-founded.

In the ad, Mr. Soptic implies his wife, Ilyona, died of cancer shortly after he lost his job, and with it his health insurance. But:

• Two years before GST Steel was shut down, Mr. Romney had left Bain to run the Salt Lake City Olympics. The decision to close the plant was made by his successor, Jonathan Lavine, a major fundraiser for President Barack Obama.

• Mr. Soptic was laid off in 2001. Ilyona Soptic's cancer wasn't diagnosed until 2006.

• About six months after Mr. Soptic was laid off, he got a job as a school custodian. He had the option of adding his wife to his health insurance policy there, but chose not to.

• Mrs. Soptic had health insurance through her employer. Her husband's policy from GST Steel was her secondary coverage.

Mr. Romney wasn't responsible for the legitimate business decision to shut down GST Steel, which had nothing to do with Mrs. Soptic losing her own health insurance.

The ad is a total, breathtaking lie.

Mark Halperin of Time, who wrote a hagiographic book about Mr. Obama's 2008 campaign, called it "despicable."

"On just every level, this ad stretches the bounds of common sense and decency," Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler said.

Fact checkers at the LA Times and even The New York Times also called foul. CNN raked Mr. Burton over the coals in an interview Wednesday.

As criticism of the ad from normally friendly journalists mounted, Team Obama backed away from it.

"I don't know the facts about when Mr. Soptic's wife got sick, or the facts about his health insurance," said Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter.

She was lying.

Mr. Soptic originally made the false charge in a conference call the Obama campaign sponsored in May.

"The distinction the Obamans are trying to draw between a super PAC ad and a campaign ad are meaningless in this case," Mr. Halperin said.

"They're not telling the truth," said Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC.

Other bigfoot journalists still bury news unhelpful to Mr. Obama.

As of this writing, ABC, CBS and NBC have yet to report on the controversy on their nightly news programs.

But the number who have reported on it is significant.

I suspect the media outrage is a one-time thing. But there are three reasons why more liberal journalists may cast a jaundiced eye at other dubious claims from Team Obama:

• This was a blow so low it offends what remains of their sense of fair play.

• The ad indicates more about Team Obama than its lack of character. Confident people don't lie so brazenly. Competent people don't lie so stupidly. Some journalists may conclude the president is likely a loser, no matter how much they spin on his behalf.

• If they keep trying to cover for Team Obama, their credibility will suffer, and they can't afford to lose more of it. A poll released Thursday indicated 78 percent of respondents have an unfavorable opinion of the political media. CNN has lost so many viewers, it's just a step away from bankruptcy.

If the news media no longer will let Team Obama lie with impunity, I suspect it will be more because of their survival instinct than because they've rediscovered ethics.

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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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