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 Oct. 12, 2010 / 4 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

A small earthquake tips Arkansas red

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--- Sometimes earthquakes in small places say something about what happens when a quake strikes in big places. Arkansas is one such small place, once regarded as an obscure redoubt of barefoot hillbillies, the butt of cheap music-hall jokes ("An Arkansas virgin is a girl who can run faster than her brothers.") The mean media stereotypes endure among the ignorant. But Arkansas, with only six votes in the Electoral College, is a small place where the politicians dream big. One of them actually became president, remembered mostly for advancing the stereotype with his cheesy sexual adventuring in the White House, and another who is still trying to get his party's presidential nomination.

The state was a charter member of the Solid South when the Solid South, stretching across 2,000 miles from the Potomac to the Rio Grande, was all about Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Democrats with horse sense along with dog loyalty. When conservative Democrats were all but driven out of the party to regroup as a Solid South for the once-despised Republicans, Arkansas alone resisted, persuading itself that nothing had changed. "Arkansas," said Haley Barbour, the governor of neighboring Mississippi and a tireless Republican strategist and campaigner, "is a tough nut to crack."

This year, the nut is clearly cracking, and even glum Arkansas Democrats concede that the state, which has voted for the Republican candidate in seven of the past 11 presidential elections (George Wallacewon in 1968), is finally tipping red all over. The governor and one Blue Dog Democratic congressman are expected to survive the Republican wave, but one U.S. Senate and three U.S. House seats, along with several state offices and dozens of state legislative seats, are expected to slip into Republican hands.

The prospective headline loser is Blanche Lambert Lincoln, seeking a third six-year term in the U.S. Senate. She was forced into a runoff in the Democratic primary against an opponent as liberal as a Democrat dares to be in these precincts. She has run a dismal general-election race against a colorless Republican challenger, Rep. John Boozman, pronounced boze-man for good reason in sober-sided, church-going Arkansas. She has been down as many as 40 points in some polls, and takes heart in a recent poll that shows her down by only 15 with three weeks to go. Internal Republican polls have consistently put the margin at 7 to 10 points.

She shouldn't be in trouble at all. She's the daughter of an old, prominent Delta family, with a voting record that tilts only a little left. Arkansas tolerated J. William Fulbright, after all. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, she should have effective cover with the cotton, rice and soybean farmers. But she has been a reliable vote for Harry Reid and the Democratic leadership when needed, and, worst of all, she's a confirmed "national" Democrat.

Two remarkable polls vividly illustrate what the Democrats are up against here and in many other places this year. On two nights in September, a reputable polling firm with Democratic ties conducted surveys of three minor statewide races to gauge partisan sentiment. The first night, the pollsters identified the candidates by party, and the Republican candidates won by margins of 17, 18 and 25 points. The second night, the candidates were not identified by party, and the Democrats won by 3, 6 and 10 points.

Sen. Lincoln continues to flail about as she did all summer, tacking right and then retreating left. The other day she stumbled into the Gender Gap, first dug by feminists in days gone by, but lately hard to find. In a speech at Van Buren, in the foothills of the Ozarks, she said she's campaigning now as a woman because women know how to bring people together. "No disrespect to the men here, but we women have to figure out how to do that. We've got committees galore that we work on, and the only way to get the church dinner done and the PTA done and the sewing circle done and our jobs and taking care of kids and all of that is, we delegate and we work together." Mr. Boozman hardly needed to reply to that, and offered only boilerplate: "I don't think jobs are about what gender you are," he said, mildly.

Some Democrats have tried to inject the race issue, with the worn-out argument that Republican criticism of Barack Obama and his agenda is only about his race. Happily, that chastened hound is staying under the porch this year. Bill Clinton should have told his frightened home boys that this year "it's about the economy, stupid."

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