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 August 13, 2010 / 3 Elul, 5770

Searching for strong men in big-boy pants

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | DENVER---An appetite for tea grows in Flyover Land. There's an appetite for a robust Earl Grey or a smoky Darjeeling, and even a lukewarm apricot-blueberry herbal can sometimes warm the thin blood of frightened Democrats.

Looking for clues to the future in the fine print of party primary results is often a fool's errand, and some of the statistics from election night have conflicting tales to tell. But there's nothing from the Tuesday primaries in Connecticut, Georgia and Colorado to soften the prospect of bad news coming to Democrats in November.

Tea Party favorites won Republican nomination for both governor and U.S. Senate in Colorado, and the incumbent Democratic senator, Michael Bennet, seemed to be trying to steal a little Tea Party mojo. He took a congratulatory telephone call from President Obama after he survived a close primary challenge, but insisted that he has learned "one thing." Washington, he says, has a lot to learn from Colorado. "It is long past time to cast off the do-nothing, divisive politics of the past and get to work." A draught of apricot-blueberry herbal can provoke even a Democrat to rhetoric like that.

Ken Buck, the Tea Party favorite who edged Jane Norton for the Senate nomination to challenge Mr. Bennet, echoed the boiling anger of voters: "Fear, apprehension, concern — it's hard to put a finger on it. That troubled state of mind takes no partisan corner. The Republicans are as much to blame for the mess we're in as Democrats."

Well, yes. But the finger Mr. Buck thinks is searching for a target looks like the middle-finger salute to the Democrats who are calling the shots in Washington, as well as to any Republican stray who resembles a Democrat. Democratic voters may have set up Mr. Bennet, like Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas, for the actual teachable moment in November. Considerably more Republicans voted in their primary than Democrats in theirs.

In Connecticut, Ned Lamont was a flavor of the month when he defeated Sen. Joe Leiberman in a celebrated Democratic primary four years ago, lionized by the mainstream media (so called). He was briefly the toast of uptown Connecticut. Then he lost to Mr. Leiberman, running as an independent. But that was then and this is now. He spent $9 million of his own money to run this time for governor, and learned that flavor left on the bedpost loses its savor overnight. He was buried in a landslide in the Democratic primary Tuesday to a former mayor of Hartford.

The Republican establishment's preferred candidate won the nomination for governor of Georgia, but not by much. Nobody was winning by much this week because nobody anywhere seems to trust anybody who has ever exercised power or held rank of authority. Nathan Deal used to be a congressman, leaving under an ethics cloud, and despite high-level endorsements — or more likely because of them — he barely won Tuesday night. When he complained in mid-campaign that his opponent, Karen Handel, was making it too tough for him she told him to grow up, that it was time for him to "put on big-boy pants."

This was the message this week for incumbents, for establishment candidates, for anyone who could remotely be identified with the wise guys in Washington or even in several state capitals. This continued the message of the Tea Party phenomenon, that it's time for those who would be governors, senators — and especially presidents — to put on big-boy pants.

The primaries are throwing up rough-hewn nominees, some lacking sophistication and "nuance." Dan Maes, who won the Republican nomination for governor in Colorado, was ridiculed for his warning that a Denver initiative to promote bicycle commuting, with 400 rental bikes stationed throughout Denver, was a scheme to put environmentalism above citizens' rights and would even lead to environmental control by the United Nations. Ken Buck, the new Republican nominee in Colorado, was called "uncouth" when he denounced "birthers" as "dumbasses."

This isn't a good year for couth or nuance. When the natives get restless they're suspicious of nuance and they're not looking for sophistication. They're often willing to cut a rookie a little slack if his heart seems to be in the right place. The guests and crashers at the tea party aren't satisfied with something weak in the tea cup.

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