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

Trump: Got 99 problems, but rich ain't one

By Ron Hart

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You have to give it to Trump. He started out broke and, by pure determination and grit, built a big real estate business in New York that made his family a fortune. But enough about Donald Trump’s father, Frederick Trump. Let’s discuss “The Donald’s” presidential aspirations.

A poll puts Trump in the lead if he runs. My guess is it was a poll of Democrats taken by the Trump Polling Company.

The field of GOP presidential contenders is so mediocre that a novelty candidate like Donald Trump quickly gained traction. Obama needs to go, but I know the Republicans are going to blow this opportunity. As of yet, I just don’t know how.

As Tucker Carlson notes, the GOP historically gives its nomination in a hierarchical and sequenced manner according to whose turn in line has come: Bush 41, Dole, Bush 43 and then McCain. Most think this election is Mitt Romney’s turn, but Carlson points out that the country is in a non-traditional mood. He thinks it will be a dark horse, namely New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The rotund Christie struck a chord with Tea Party members when a YouTube video of him yelling at a government union member over cutting burgeoning union benefits went viral. Christie shook one fist and “had a microwave burrito in the other.” Sadly, Christie says he is not running. He is apparently not doing sit-ups, either.

The good thing about Trump running is that he is mucking up the entrenched Republican old guard. The old GOP knew all it had to do was steer slightly right of the Democrats to stay in its gerrymandered districts and enjoy the spoils of Washington, D.C. With the Tea Party and Trump making noise, Republicans may have to act on their rhetoric.

In my view, shaking up the race can only be a good thing. Washington has the spending discipline of a college freshman frat boy. The U.S. debt rating is under review, which will raise our cost of borrowing. People are tired of politicians just going through the motions on fiscal responsibility. We have a $65 trillion unfunded liability with Medicare alone. The government is either going to have to tax us to death or cause rampant inflation by printing dollars to pay folks back with less-valued paper. It would be worse than getting paid back in Confederate money, which at least has value to collectors.

Sixty-four-year-old Trump is fresh blood for the GOP, which has not had a New Yorker with a bad comb-over and multiple wives espousing family values as a presidential candidate since 2008, when Rudy Giuliani ran. But, like many others who are encumbered by a reality show, he seems to think that giving up the show would be a huge sacrifice. Trump’s presidential ambitions could hinge on whether NBC signs Cyndi Lauper, Wink Martindale and Flava Flav for the next season of Celebrity Apprentice. I think our Constitution says that if a presidential candidate has a hit reality show, he or she can refuse to run for president on the grounds of a higher calling: TV ratings.

Some say Trump would be weak on foreign affairs, but, to be fair, he has married most of the foreign women with whom he has had affairs. When asked about Libya, he was vague and said he would have done it differently. I am not sure how Trump expects to end the three wars we are in if he cannot even keep Meatloaf and Gary Busey from fighting with each other on his show.

If elected, Trump must vow to not let any of his duties interfere with the staging of the Miss Universe pageant. Many think it is rigged anyway; someone from Earth wins every year.

Trump’s main campaign theme is that he will deal sternly with China and OPEC. He says, “China is not our friend.” This is good, since I have always been told it is not a good idea to borrow money from a friend.

Maybe a GOP showdown will come down to reality show stars Trump and Palin. He can try to “fire” her, and she can try to shoot him — or at least that thing on his head — from a helicopter. We had best pick one of them, because waiting in the wings are two reality show stars with books out: The Situation and Snooki. Sadly, it has come to this.



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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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