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 April 24, 2012/ 2 Iyar, 5772

Bling Bling vs. A French waffle

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nothing focuses a politician's mind like staring at oblivion, and reluctantly contemplating himself at the center of that dark and dreary place. Though it may be too late to save himself, Nicolas Sarkozy is scared contrite and humble, a remarkable precedent for a French president.

On the eve of Sunday's voting he offered an apology for his "mistakes," telling a television interviewer that when he was elected he did not "immediately understand the symbolic dimensions of the presidency." This might be loosely translated from the French, as, "I didn't have a clue to what I was doing." Hardly a confidence builder.

The 57-year-old President Bling Bling, as the newspaper and television correspondents, ever eager for hot copy, call him, appears to be on his way to looking for work unless he can figure out a way to survive a run-off election against Francois Hollande, also 57, the Socialist. Only rarely does an incumbent anywhere survive a run-off, especially if he's the runner-up in the first round. He's the first incumbent to run second.

Nevertheless, M. Sarkozy, written off a week ago, surprised everybody with a close finish, polling 27 percent of the vote, just barely behind M. Hollande's 28.2 percent. The stunner was Marie Le Pen, 43, of the far right National Front, who won nearly 19 percent and finished a very respectable third.

Trying to plumb a foreign election for clues to what might happen here is foolish business, particularly when that foreign election is in France, but the evident similarities may be more than coincidences. President Obama, like M. Sarkozy, has also had difficulty understanding "the symbolic dimensions of the presidency."

A lot of Frenchmen, surveying a sick economy, rising taxes, the worst unemployment rate (at 10 percent) in 12 years and waves of Muslim immigrants, many of them illegals, vow they're "mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore." This may sound familiar to Americans.

M. Hollande, like any good Socialist — it's not a libel to call a man a Socialist in France — prescribes confiscatory taxes as the proper medicine for a sick economy. He, like another president we know well, doesn't understand that trying to dig yourself out of a hole only makes the hole deeper. He promises "growth over austerity," but it's not clear how taxing millionaires at 75 percent of their annual income, which he proposes to do, will encourage growth.

President Bling Bling prescribes stiff medicine, cutting spending and services, to avoid making France over in the Greek model. This is never popular with anyone, particularly in France, where the free lunch is an institution, like "liberty, fraternity and equality." President Bling Bling is not exactly the perfect physician to prescribe this medicine, since M. Bling Bling and his wife, the glam ex-model and pop singer Carla Bruni, are paying now for living the high life and putting it on public display.

The French chattering class — and nobody does chatter better than the French — have all but written off M. Sarkozy. One prominent pollster, Eric Bonnet of the BVA polling firm, sounds as he has already been to the future. "Eighty percent of [the far left vote] will go for Hollande and only 35 percent will be reaped by Nicolas Sarkozy." Pundits are already picking the Hollande cabinet, with assurances to their readers and listeners that the new president will not make the mistake of Francois Mitterand, nationalizing banks and taking Communists into the government. Francois Hollande, in this calculation, is a Socialist, but a Socialist with a freshly laundered shirt and clean fingernails, skilled in making vague promises and the political art of the waffle. Nevertheless, says another observer, "all things being equal there's no way for Sarko to win."

But in politics, in France as everywhere else, all things are never equal. Sarko, as the French press calls him, campaigned at a decided disadvantage in Round One. French law requires television to give equal time to all candidates, and this created a piling on effect, with each of the Sarkozy opponents vying to say the sharpest hostile things about him. In Round Two, it will be man to man, Bling Bling against the Waffle.

The big imponderable in Round Two will be the role of Marie Le Pen and her 18.6 percent. Many of her followers sneer at Messrs Sarkozy and Hollande as equally eager to preside over a permanent decline of France, reduced to a mere cultural presence, stripped of political and military prowess. May 6 is D-Day.

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