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 Nov. 3, 2012/ 18 Tishrei, 5773

Obama's real record

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When President Barack Obama assumed office, Democrats controlled the Senate, 59-41, and the House, 257-178. Not since 1977 did a president's party have so large a majority. Democrats could do almost whatever they wanted.

What they did was pass an $819 billion "stimulus" bill and Obamacare.

If the stimulus passed, unemployment would decline to 5.8 percent by this year, according to administration projections. But for 43 straight months, it has exceeded 8 percent, the longest period of sustained high unemployment since the Depression. From 1948 to 2008, there were just 39 months in which unemployment was 8 percent or more.

Obamacare would cut premiums for the average family by $2,500 by the end of his first term, and reduce the rate of growth of federal health care spending, the president predicted. Obamacare wouldn't increase the deficit and wouldn't raise taxes on those who earn less than $250,000 a year. If you liked your private insurance plan, you could keep it, he said.

Premiums for family coverage are $3,000 more than four years ago. Obamacare will increase health care expenditures $311 billion in the first 10 years, according to Medicare's actuary. It will boost deficits $500 billion. Because of Obamacare, 14 million Americans will have to change their private insurance, Medicare's actuary estimates.

The economy is growing at less than half the average rate for the 10 previous recoveries. Median household income has fallen 8 percent. A lot of business leaders say Obama-care and other new regulations are chiefly why they're not hiring.

The national debt has increased by $5.4 trillion during the Obama presidency -- $500 billion more than during President George W. Bush's two terms. We're at the precipice of a "fiscal cliff" because Congress and the president haven't cut a budget deal. Even liberal icon Bob Woodward blames Mr. Obama.

The president's foreign policy "reset" has floundered, too. Iran is still pursuing nuclear weapons. The war in Afghanistan is all but lost. The victory in Iraq is being frittered away. A tilt toward the Palestinians produced only an escalation of their demands. Respect for America around the world has plummeted. Then came 9/11/2012 -- when four Americans were killed at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Barack Obama has the worst economic record since Herbert Hoover, the worst foreign policy record since Jimmy Carter. He can win only if Mitt Romney is made the issue. So Democrats have spent more than $240 million on ads sliming him. It wouldn't be enough, were it not for a critical addition to Team Obama.

In politics, the truth matters only to the degree to which it influences what people think is the truth. It doesn't matter much if people aren't told the truth.

Journalists have been putting their thumbs on the scales for a long time. According to a formula developed by UCLA Prof. Tim Groseclose, media bias has boosted Democrats by about 8 percentage points.

In the past, liberal journalists would slant news to help Democrats, but the news would be reported. This year, news unhelpful to the president is suppressed.

"There hasn't been one major political story line pushed by the mainstream press that hasn't been perfectly in sync with the Obama campaign's strategic messaging plan," observed Investors' Business Daily.

We face the greatest fiscal crisis since the Depression, but the television networks have devoted more air time to Mitt Romney's tax returns. According to his accounting firm, for the past 20 years Mr. Romney has paid an effective federal tax rate of 20.2 percent, the same as Mr. Obama did last year and nearly double the average of 11 percent for all taxpayers.

On their evening newscasts the day after the 9/11/2012 attack, ABC, NBC and CBS devoted 25 seconds to the implications for America of the bloody collapse of Mr. Obama's Mideast policy -- and nine minutes and 28 seconds to the media-generated flap over Mr. Romney's criticism of that policy.

Mr. Obama lies brazenly, confident his friends in journalism won't call him on them. Myriad scandals swirl about his administration, but few Americans know this. Nor do they know that this president, by some accounts, has spent less time actually doing his job than any modern predecessor.

As Investors' Business Daily put it, "When the media voluntarily take on the role of propagandists, a genuine threat to our democratic system of government is posed."

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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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