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 July 20, 2012/ 1 Menachem-Av, 5772

Fighting clothes for Mitt Romney

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mitt Romney has fighting clothes in his closet, after all. He has taken them out twice over the past fortnight and his new duds have made a difference already.

If his new aggressiveness lasts, it's a sign of good things to come in November. Defense wins football games, but only offense wins elections. Republicans, who instinctively prefer drawing-room niceness, often have trouble getting their heads around that.

Instead of continuing to playing the sucker in the Bain blame game, endlessly trying to explain away his success in making money - which has always been the national pastime - the Republican challenger is finally taking the fight to the president, taking due note of what a new campaign commercial calls "a perverted form of crony capitalism during his first 3 1/2 years in office - to the detriment of the American middle class."

"This is a tough time for the people of America," Mr. Romney told a Fox television interviewer. "But if you are a campaign contributor to Barack Obama your business may stand to get billions of dollars or hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from the government. I think it's wrong. I think it stinks to high heaven, and I think the administration has to explain how it is they would consider giving money to campaign contributors' businesses."

This burst of aggressiveness followed one of his best speeches so far, to the national convention of the NAACP, telling the delegates bluntly why he intends to repeal Obamacare. Nevertheless, he said, he and not Barack Obama is really the One they have been waiting for. "If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him." No cheers, but when the scattered booing subsided, he pressed on: "You take a look."

This beats by a mile repetition of trivia, reprising stale talking points and, most of all, it beats repeating demands for apologies for the assorted libels, defamations and slanders that are the standard fare of political campaigns. Nobody this side of state prison likes being called a felon (and felons don't like it much, either) and when an Obama campaign aide said that Mr. Romney was "either a liar or a felon" for his explanation of how he filled out certain reporting documents about his employment at Bain, Mr. Romney was right to call her out on it. But then it was time to let it go. Apologies are for sissies and they're rarely sincere, anyway.

We're becalmed in the midsummer doldrums, when political speech rarely impresses voters, if indeed any are listening. But fighting speech fires up the troops that Mr. Romney must count on to win.

Tom Davis, the former congressman who is an honorary chairman of the Romney campaign in Virginia, observes that the doldrums are the time to fill up space because "if you don't fill it, the other campaign will." Kenneth Cuccinelli, the attorney general of Virginia, tells David Sherfinski of The Washington Times that the change in Mr. Romney may reflect not tougher, but smarter. "I think Gov. Romney is by nature a nicer guy than you're used to seeing in politics." Perhaps, but nice guys, as baseball legend Leo Durocher famously said, finish last.

There will be time later for speech more substantial than name-calling. The president's proposed cuts in defense spending will be one of them; Mr. Romney promised during the primary campaign that he intends to reverse "the hollowing out of the Navy." When crisis calls, every president first dispatches the Navy's carriers, which now number 11.

Not only is the Navy being "hollowed out," but, like the other services, its fighting spirit is being crippled by politically correct admirals ever ready to retreat at the first sound of grunts and squeaks by feminists, gays and powder-puff warriors.

Only this week, the Navy announced that it would not outfit its newest carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, with urinals. "Heads," as the Navy calls shipboard latrines, must be redesigned to accommodate the ladies. "Gender-neutral bathing," the Navy says, will insure "comfort" aboard the carriers. The sight of a urinal on the wall might offend feminist delicacy. The chief of naval operations must make sure the swabbies put down the toilet seat before they leave the gender-neutral head, and the only solution might be an order, backed by threat of drumhead court-martial, for everyone to take a seat. Hollowed-out Navy, indeed.

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