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 April 9, 2014 / 9 Nissan, 5774

Putin tells Obama: 'Crimea river'

By Ron Hart

JewishWorldReview.com | It has been interesting to watch Russian President Vladimir Putin gain in popularity as he outwits Obama. Since he invaded Crimea, Putin’s approval ratings in Russia have gone up 10 points. In another of his historic “firsts,” Obama has done what no other president has done: make Putin look better.

As the Obama administration argues over which symbolic, empty gestures it plans to use next, Putin smiles (or sneers, I’m not sure which; with him, it’s a creepy-yet-subtle distinction).

Russia caught Obama off-guard. Prior to the invasion of Crimea, in Obama’s mind, our nation’s biggest threats were the Koch brothers, the Tea Party and health care providers. Now added to that list is the Russian situation, but only to the degree that it makes Obama look politically weak.

Hillary and the O-bots did what they do best: made speeches on the matter, one even comparing Putin to Hitler. To be fair, all Putin did was take back part of a bordering country that used to be a part of the Soviet Union and whose residents probably wanted to rejoin Mother Russia, anyway. It’s not like Putin forced all the citizens of a country to buy expensive, government-mandated health insurance he deemed they needed.

For those keeping sanctions score at home, so far, Obama has only gotten Putin kicked out of a meaningless G8 meeting. Don’t underestimate this – it means Putin doesn’t get his 2014 G8 T-shirt or the handsome tote bag with Angela Merkel’s picture on it.

The lesson here is that invading another country gets you out of a boring meeting. I might invade the cubicle next to me if it gets me out of the upcoming human resources meeting.

We choose to try minimal economic sanctions in order to punish Russia. If we really cared, we'd get Lindsey Lohan to stop drinking Russian vodka and make Donald Trump vow not to marry any models born east of Poland. Or, the nuclear option: force Obamacare on them.

To be fair, Putin did allow Crimeans to vote to join Russia. The ballot only had an “opt-in Yes” block; there was no option to vote “No.” Putin got the idea from the ATT two-year sign-up “User Agreement.”

Obama is an affirmative-action product of academia, schooled in the theoretical world of liberal, naive, faculty-lounge notions and arrogant discourse. Putin is a pragmatic, cold-blooded, ex-KGB thug. If someone made movies about their lives, which one would you want to watch?

Obama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize before he was in office even a year. Just weeks after invading Crimea, Putin was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Jimmy Carter and Al Gore, of course, have one. Hitler was nominated for one in 1939 but didn’t win. He blamed it on the Jews.

The Nobel Peace Prize has become a joke, hijacked by a leftist committee. Ronald Reagan was never nominated, but, through strength, he demolished the Berlin Wall and gave freedom to millions.

I’d like to have seen the faces of Putin’s fellow “Peace Prize” nominees when the KGB asked for their names, addresses and brief descriptions of their cars.

The White House does produce one thing well: excuses. The O-bots said they did not see the Crimea invasion coming because Putin does not use a cellphone and so they could not keep up with him. It makes me wonder if I should not be keeping better tabs on my 80-year-old parents, for the same reason.

Obama seems powerless to do much about the macho Putin. Putin pumps iron, while our presidents don’t even pump their own gas. He is a man who rides shirtless on horses and spears fish. Our only hope of scaring him is to have a shirtless Chris Christie ride in on a Clydesdale horse and spear his own fried-shrimp dinner at Red Lobster.

The U.S. has a feckless president, obsessed with his pop culture image. As Putin expands his empire, Obama does his March Madness brackets on TV, joins the cast of “The View” and “Ellen,” and does an Internet show with Zach Galifianakis. If all that does not work, Obama plans to appear on the “Rachael Ray Show” and cook Vegetables Parmesan with her.

Obama is not paying attention. Sadly, neither are American voters. God help Estonia if the finals of “American Idol” and the NBA Finals happen on the same day.

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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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