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 Jan 12, 2012/ 17 Teves, 5772

Even with primaries still to go, history's longest year starts now

By Martin Schram

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Did you also notice the apparent error in your new 2012 calendar?

Mine claims January 1, 2012 was "New Year's Day." But after turning on the TV news, I'm thinking it must have been Labor Day. Because the down-and-dirty political attacks we've come to expect in a fall presidential campaign are already assaulting our ears.

And somewhere behind the curtains, President Barack Obama's message-makers must be chortling gleefully. After all, the attack themes they love to hear are trashing Republican Mitt Romney, who brags about his business experience. He is being hammered in the news and costly ads for having been a "predatory corporate raider." Also, for having been one of the venture capital "vultures" who feasted off corporate carcasses and fired thousands of workers.

And Team Obama hasn't had to spend a Democratic dime to air that message.

Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are talking the anti-Romney trash. Gingrich is furious at having been attacked by Romney and his super-PAC pals; now Gingrich's own super-PAC pals will air a 27-minute film blasting Romney, who co-founded Bain Capital, the private equity firm that acquired troubled companies, restructured them, and resold them hoping to make a profit. Of a reported 77 large transactions during Romney's tenure at Bain, 17 firms failed or filed for bankruptcy, resulting in thousands of employees losing jobs. But Bain also restructured many companies that hired many thousands more.

But the political bottom line is that Romney seems inexorably headed toward a Republican presidential nomination -- and it could come before February. He won narrowly in Iowa's caucuses, convincingly in New Hampshire's primary, and is leading impressively in polls in South Carolina (its primary is Jan. 21) and Florida (its primary is Jan. 31). So Romney could win it all early -- even though he hasn't sparked much enth

usiasm, not even from those who have voted for him. Come November's Election Day, we may well understand that the big beneficiary of Gingrich's and Perry's January anti-Romney assaults wasn't Gingrich or Perry -- but Obama.

That's so obvious that a proper pundit should at least wonder if Obama's top strategists, David Axelrod and David Plouffe, found a way to manipulate Gingrich and Perry to do their dirty work. Nothing crass like cash payoffs, but maybe something artful.

Someday someone may write a kiss-and-tell book revealing that Axelrod and Plouffe are really secret ventriloquists -- and they skillfully made their words come out of the mouths of Gingrich and Perry. Just like ventriloquist Edgar Bergen famously did in making stars of his dummies, Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd.

Gingrich and Perry have had help, of course. They had Romney. Even in his New Hampshire victory week, Romney was his own worst enemy. He supplied his opponents with all the ammunition they needed while trying to be folksy and talking without a TelePrompTer. Seeking to regale a crowd about the importance of people being able to drop an insurance company that failed to deliver as promised, Romney said: "I like to fire people."

Oops. Romney's opponents merrily took that quote out of context -- and aired it as a confession validating his critics' claims. Another time mega-millionaire Romney tried to make himself look like a man who feels the pain of people who lost jobs. So he said he too had feared he'd get a "pink slip" -- a preposterously unfeeling assertion from that rich man. (Note to self: Did anyone see if Axelrod's or Plouffe's lips were moving when those words seemed to come out of Romney's mouth?)

So here we are, just a couple of weeks into this election year -- and already we are feeling the heat of a slash-and-burn autumn election stretch run. Some poor soul, understandably confused by all the blather on the TV news, may show up on Valentine's Day wearing a Halloween mask.

The presidential nominees we will vote on in November may be decided this month -- painfully early. We may be force-fed a presidential campaign that blasts away at us for eight months -- making 2012 the longest year in recorded history.

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01/12/12: Iowa caucuses reveal news media lapses

12/14/11: How Gingrich stole Mitt's Christmas

11/16/11: Supercommittee's super-sized surrender

11/16/11: Romney talks Texas-tough on Iran

11/03/11: The Silent Majority speaks at last

10/20/11: Outsourcing our democracy; hijacking our holidays

10/13/11: Decline and fall of presidential press conferences

09/28/11: Washington's Monument to broken government

08/17/11: Tax credits for job creation

07/06/11: Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

06/29/11: Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity