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December 2, 2014

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 Feb 25, 2014 / 25 Adar I, 5774

Turmoil in the Ukraine and Presidents: Chicken Kiev

By Ron Hart




JewishWorldReview.com | To make sense of the Ukrainian violent political turmoil, one has to understand events, and "elections," outside the U.S.A. Few Americans can stay focused for long when countries with too many u's and k's in their name quarrel. We just change the channel to ESPN.

So here's my attempt to sum it up.

Ronald Reagan's steadfast stand for liberty and against repressive, Soviet-style regimes has, over decades, led to a yearning for freedom. Aided by the flow of information from the Internet and the example of free-market capitalism's ability to raise the standard of living for all who are willing to give up socialism's false promises, more countries are pushing for free-market democracy.

Ukrainians were double-crossed after their Putin-puppet leader, Viktor Yanukovych, promised to sign a European Union trade agreement and then did not. The citizens called Bolshevik on him, and all hell broke loose.

The rebels demanded that their country turn away from the repressive, Putin-type thugocracy and toward a more Western-style, representative government. Independence Square in Kiev erupted with tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors; many were killed by Yanukovych's goons. The demand that seemed to be a deal breaker for the Ukrainian president was that he free political rival Yulia Tymoshenko, jailed under trumped up "tax charges."

As bullies do, Viktor ("Mr. Chicken Kiev") Yanukovych fled, calling pro-democracy protestors "bandits" and "hooligans." These are charges brought against opponents if lesser charges of "shenanigans" or "tomfoolery" just aren't justified.

Protestors then took over the Ukranian president's compound. He had lived an opulent life on his estate with a private zoo, rare goats, tacky restaurant ships and a golf course. Imagine how much he would have had if he weren't a "share-the-wealth" Communist. The amusement factor at what a rich Ukrainian leader spends money on is rivaled only by a rapper or a redneck who won the lottery.

It was a well-timed political move for the freedom fighters. With the eyes of the world on him at "his" Olympics and CNN cameras rolling, the preening Putin was hard-pressed to start slaughtering Ukrainians. He has become the bouncer in that part of the world. Any leader willing to buy his overpriced natural gas and kick back money to him can count on Putin beating up anyone who mouths off.

Without a strong economy to steal from, Putin's hand is weakened. He might have overspent military money on his own pet peeve, gay rights. You cannot spend military money on gay-dar and expect to have money left for invasions.


Secretary of State John Kerry has been no help. He is off selling his global warming, snake oil shakedown and probably being briefed on Justin Bieber arrests and kept up to date on Kardashian-stan.

Obama has been meek on the matter. Maybe he admires solid totalitarianism. Or maybe when race, gay marriage, labor unions, raising taxes or dishing out entitlements are not involved, Obama has little interest.

You cannot lead when no one respects you. Obama has issued spineless statements holding the Ukrainian government "primarily responsible" for restoring peace. And, so he could take both sides, he said, "We expect peaceful protesters to remain peaceful." It was so cowardly that it was the first official U.S. government statement issued in French.

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan wrote that, after his faux bravado "red line" embarrassment in Syria, Obama is not feared. He is like the father who constantly yells upstairs at his hellion kids, "Don't make me come up there." There is a brief silence, and then the kids erupt in laughter knowing there will be no price to pay for bad conduct.

Putin smells a timid Obama and sees an opportunity to rebuild Russian power. He will play rough. This is not over.

We could be more resolute in support of those who battle for principles of freedom in line with ours had we not squandered some of Reagan's gravitas by occupying Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the U.S. we have the lingering ills of the Patriot Act and increased police and surveillance machinations via the NSA and Homeland Security. Fox reporters are snooped on, Tea Party groups are targeted by the IRS, and now the FCC wants to spy in newsrooms.

If demands for more individual freedom continue to gain traction in ex-Soviet bloc countries, then maybe we will start demanding it again here in the U.S.


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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.



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