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 Feb. 18, 2011 / 14 Adar I, 5771

It's time to wake up our sleeping spooks

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Where did Barack Obama get these guys?

Presidents good and bad have learned not to expect too much from the intelligence agencies, the distributors of expensive clappertrap over the years, but this week the two top spooks revealed just how much they don't know - and, given the president's own romantic view of Islam, maybe they don't want to know.

Called before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the White House director of intelligence and the chief of the CIA conducted a seminar in officially deliberate ignorance for the panel of disbelieving senators.

One of the senators wanted to know about what the spooks think about the Muslim Brotherhood, the shadowy promoter of jihad that took a prominent role in organizing the demonstrators who toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Mr. Clapper, who is the first spook to whisper into Mr. Obama's ear each day, took that question.

"It's hard to, at this point, to point to a specific agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood as a group," he said. The senators shouldn't worry about it, and he showed that he can sprinkle an occasional French word into his answers about the Brotherhood even if he doesn't actually know much about what's going on in the Middle East: "It's only one voice in the emerging political milieu." He added, no doubt reading from a cue card prepared by a White House intern, that the Brotherhood is "a large, heterogeneous global organization whose agenda and impact differ from country to country. It also has different factions, including a conservative wing whose interpretation of Islam runs counter to broad electoral participation and a younger, more liberal wing who is more inclined to work through a secular political process." Well, duh. That much is available on Wikipedia.

There was more clappertrap. He is "unaware" of the Brotherhood's "declared stance" on smuggling weapons to Hamas in Gaza. He thinks a wait-and-see attitude is "required" before deciding what the Brotherhood is about in Iran. The White House intern who prepped Mr. Clapper for his trip to Capitol Hill should at least have supplied him with a copy of the Muslim Brotherhood's own statement of its aims: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Koran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."

Mr. Panetta conceded that there are extremists who "we have to pay attention to" and "that's something we watch very closely." Just not too closely. The intelligence officials further conceded what is obvious to everyone else, that the intelligence agencies obviously don't pay attention to "social media networks," the wealth of information (and disinformation) that everyone else taps into 24/7, and, incredibly, the agencies were not closely monitoring events in Tunisia, where the democratic wave began a month ago.

"Frankly, Tunisia was not up there in our top 10 countries we were watching closely," Mr. Clapper told the senators. Breaking a sweat over Tunisia was hardly necessary. It's not as if Tunisia was Ulan Bator or San Marino, or the Middle East was the South of France, where real stuff is going on. The conversation with the senators, which was giving the word "intelligence" a bad name, droned on (and on) with more bureaucratic bloviation: "So there is the aspect of the spread," Mr. Clapper continued, "the balance of our collection priorities. Obviously we're going to work on that . . . We're going to pay a lot more attention to social media and what we can do to extract warning."

Alas, this is how they actually talk in the wee world of Official Washington. Mr. Clapper's "milieu" was frothing and foaming all over the map this week. From a seminar at the University of Texas (be glad you were not there) there were assurances from Jimmy Carter that the Muslim Brotherhood "is not anything to be afraid of in the upcoming [Egyptian] political situation, and the evolution I see as most likely. The [Brothers] will be subsumed in the overwhelming demonstration of desire for freedom and true democracy."

There was more news, mostly bad as usual, from the peanut farmer from Plains, the man who showed everyone how not to deal with Islamic nuts when some of them seized the American embassy in Tehran three decades ago. He intends to be as "involved as possible" now in showing the Egyptians how to hold their elections in September. Poor Egypt.

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