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 June 21, 2013/ 13 Tamuz, 5773

Cranky Day

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Lucky, lucky you! You picked the right day to read this column. Today is CRANKY DAY and that means only one thing - you get to read venom-laced diatribes on a wide variety of aggravating subjects. So settle in, sit back, relax, and get ready to be thoroughly annoyed right along with me. Remember, on Cranky Day it's all cranky all the time.

1. I've said this before and I'll say it again now, please everybody, stop using the term "iconic." That word is overused, misused, and irritating. According to many in the media, every old celebrity is labeled an "icon" and every famous thing, if it's been around long enough, is called "iconic." As in "The iconic city hall building downtown," or "Patty Andrews from the iconic Andrews Sisters singing group." Stop it already. Buy a thesaurus and find another term.

2. CBS has decided not to renew their contract with producers of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. This means that for the first time in over 20 years the July 4th show will not be televised nationally. The show's executive producer, David Mugar, says that the ratings for the show have declined in recent years which led to CBS dropping it.

We all understand the hard, cold facts of TV ratings, but of all the years to drop the Boston Pops July 4th show, this shouldn't have been the year. Following the horrific Boston terrorist bombing last April, this was the perfect opportunity to make a truly spectacular 4th of July celebration show which would have brought pride and goose bumps to Americans from coast to coast. We were all Bostonians on that awful April day when those two bombs changed the lives forever of so many at the marathon. It would have been great to see Boston, three months later, at its best once again, stronger than ever and proudly patriotic. Shame on CBS for pulling the plug. Talk about lousy timing.

3. Kevin Clash, the Elmo puppeteer who was forced to resign amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys, won three Daytime Emmy Awards this past week for his work on "Sesame Street." In bestowing these honors on an accused child molester, the entertainment industry has proven itself once again to be devoid of any semblance of morality, sensitivity and decency. Yeah, I'm sure there wasn't anyone else on television worthy of these Emmy Awards, especially since this guy has already won 23 of these trophies in the past. Way to go, television academy! What a classy organization!

4. Charlie Rose had President Obama on his PBS show recently and asked him about the NSA's domestic surveillance program where it has been divulged that they have been collecting telephone data and e-mails on Americans. Rose said, "You famously talked about what you called the wrong choice between security and freedom. Where do you put what NSA is doing in that balance between security and freedom?" Obama replied, "What I can say unequivocally, is that if you are a U.S person, the NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls, and the NSA cannot target your e-mails-

Did you get what Obama said? A U.S. PERSON? What in the hell is a U.S. person? Does that mean a U.S. citizen? Or does he mean anyone living in the U.S.? I have never heard any president (or anyone actually) use the term "a U.S. person." Maybe he just doesn't like to use the term U.S. citizen. Which reminds me of something I have noticed for quite awhile now. President Obama never uses the phrase, "My fellow Americans" when giving a speech from the White House like just about every other president has done. I don't know what that means, it may mean nothing, but I don't ever remember him saying that.

5. And last but not least, great news for the canvas tote bag industry. On Tuesday June 18th the Los Angeles City Council banned plastic bags, becoming the largest American city to do so. The new law also calls for a ten-cent charge per paper bag. Any store that violates this law will be subject to a fine. Any private person who is seen walking out of a supermarket with a plastic bag is subject to immediate arrest without bail. (I made up that last part, but the rest of the story is true.) Government mandated grocery bags? You betcha. You ain't seen nothin' yet. Wait until Obamacare kicks in.

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