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. 22, 2010 / 14 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

How to defeat American arms

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The attempt to transform America into a kinder, gentler version of the rest of the world, where political compromises are made in the streets, proceeds at warp speed. The first task is to emasculate the military that has always won its wars, so that the fighting regiments of Syria, Lebanon, San Marino, Luxembourg and the United Arab Emirates won't feel intimidated.

The civilized world will always have Saudi Arabia — to which Barack Obama's Defense Department is about to sell $60 billion worth of new and improved weapons the Saudis can pay for but don't need — as the last line of defense against evildoers forever plotting to snuff out the candle of freedom.

Certain girlie men in the Pentagon, pushed by various community activists and connivers in Congress, have been trying to feminize the warrior class for years, first by finding ways to sneak women into combat and now by opening the ranks to homosexuals. The gay blades found a judge in California (where else?) to declare "don't ask, don't tell" unconstitutional, but enforcing the spirit of gay law won't be as easy as those who get their understanding of the military culture from Harvard seminars and congressional budget hearings imagine it will.

Changing the rough-hewn military culture, which regards the ultimate military mission as killing people and breaking things if that is necessary to protect the country, will be particularly difficult because soldiers have always regarded lightfooted gaiety in the barracks as something, not to put too fine a point on it, very icky. The military draws many, if not most, of its recruits from what one observer delicately calls "the socially conservative parts of the country." Without the benighted rednecks and unsophisticated blacks for whom man-to-man romance is slightly more repulsive than a man honeymooning with his horse, there wouldn't be enough soldiers to fight the nation's wars.

"The real issues will be not what happens on the battlefield," says David R. Segal, a sociologist at the University of Maryland who writes and lectures extensively on military personnel policies and recruiting, "but what happens on the posts. Many troops don't mind suspecting their colleagues are gay, but they don't want to know for sure." Such a soldier will suppress suspicions, as long as they remain merely suspicions, but he's not likely to abide the man looking wistfully at him in the shower or trying to climb into the sack with him when the lights go out.

The courts traditionally have left it to the generals and admirals — and the sergeants and chief petty officers — to make the rules for making the military work. Only recently have the judges, relying on "experts" who may or may not (and usually not) know what they're talking about, insisted on getting into the act. Virginia A. Phillips, the federal judge in San Diego who declared "don't ask, don't tell" to be unconstitutional, is a pretty little thing but appears to have not a clue to what she has wrought.

"Honestly, I did not expect it to get as much attention as it did," says Judge Phillips, 51, appointed to the bench by President Clinton, of her ruling. "During the course of the case there wasn't much attention paid to it."

She issued a permanent worldwide injunction on Oct. 12, ordering the Defense Department to "suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation and other proceeding that may have been commenced [under 'don't ask, don't tell']." When the Obama administration, reluctantly going through the motions, asked her to stay the injunction until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals can consider the case, she stamped her little foot (which looks to be size 6 in a spike heel) and said jeepers creepers, nothing doing. The 9th Circuit overruled her the next day and set a hearing of its own for Monday to see whether the judges will allow the military to run the military, as it always has done.

Judge Phillips held that gays have a constitutional right to serve, that it's up to everybody else to conform to homosexual wishes and dreams; rules based on long experience and custom be damned. Other classes of citizens are still denied the "right" to serve: The doddering old, the infirm on walking canes, the peg-legged and the one-armed might make soldiers, too, but the military culture has — so far — not been required to make room for them. Discipline and good order have always counted for a lot. But maybe not much longer. Fortunately, we can always call in the Saudis.

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