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 24, 2014 / 24 Nissan, 5774

Putin, Obama and oligarchy malarkey

By Ron Hart

JewishWorldReview.com | The similarities between Presidents Putin and Obama are many. They both conjure up fake crises to get what they want. Putin said Crimea wanted to be with Russia, so he took it, and more, away from Ukraine. Obama said our health care system was broken – so he invaded one-seventh of our economy and took it. Both demonize their enemies with lies, aided by a subordinate press, in hopes of stigmatizing the opposition. Both use the Saul Alinsky playbook.

Putin is seeking a fourth term in 2018 and doesn’t want to be too closely associated with Obama, whose favorability poll numbers are in the 30s versus Putin’s in the 70s – Putin has his career to consider.

Yep, ole Putin is running again in 2018. He said he looks forward to the voters of Russia being heard at the polls – then chuckled uncontrollably for a few minutes. I predict Putin will win first, second and third in that race.

Obama appears politically weaker each day. He is not going to use military force against Putin’s march for Ukraine. It’s not like there is a Nevada Tea Party rancher grazing cows on federal lands. Yet, he is serious, sending Joe Biden to Kiev. Dennis Rodman must have been on assignment.

Both Putin and Obama have oligarch bag men. Obama has:

Elon Musk: He turned green-energy tax credits into Tesla Motors, making $100,000 cars for the rich. Musk just won tax cuts exclusively for his company in California via his Democratic friends. It is such blatant cronyism, Obama is already denying knowing about it.

George Soros: He trades in the shadowy international currency markets and funnels profits back to Democrats.

Tom Steyer: Having made money in oil stocks, he’s now trying to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. Turns out that, with Obama, once you cannot run again, you’re OK with $4-a-gallon gas.

Al Gore: He became rich investing in “green energy” with government-backed deals, like Fisker Automotive, which went bankrupt and was bought by a Chinese conglomerate. Most recently, he sold a cable company he got from the government to Al Jazeera. Gore likes to hug trees, but awkwardly lingers way too long when he does.

Carlos Slim: Uses his Mexican telecom monopolies to help Democrats. He kept the New York Times from going under. They continue to lead the charge on most liberal causes, including hypocritically calling the Koch brothers “oligarchs.” They feed Harry Reid’s Koch habit.

The Koch brothers do not make their money via government cronyism; it’s quite the opposite, since they are targeted by this government. They are the anti-oligarchs. They rank 59th on the list of largest campaign donors, and most of those above them on the list are unions, which funnel political favors in the form of cash back to Democrats.

George Kaiser: He’s a big Obama donor, of Solyndra fame. He defaulted on the $500 million loan taxpayers guaranteed him, then set about putting himself ahead of debt holders. Obama trumpeted solar-panel maker Solyndra “as the future of green energy.” It went bankrupt, so I guess he was right.

The truth is, the business Obama does is green – in that it uses only recycled donors.

Putin is said to be worth $70 billion now. He just got divorced, so that number is now $72 billion. The divorce went well for his wife of 30 years, Lyudmila. Putin keeps his $72 billion and Ukraine, and she is not dead yet. Just imagine how much money Putin would have if he were not a share-the-wealth socialist on a government salary. The same can be said for Al Gore, who is said to have a post-divorce net worth of $300 million.

Putin had a big year. Forbes named him the most powerful leader in the world. He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize (an award he would kill for). The Kremlin newspaper named him sexiest dictator alive, for the 15th year in a row. He posed shirtless with a fish he killed with a spear gun, and the manager of the Red Lobster in Moscow where Putin did it couldn’t do much to stop him.

Economic boycotts are the only way to control Putin. They hurt him and his cronies. Economics usually trumps politics. It is estimated that $160 billion will leave Russia this year in hopes of escaping financial hardships.

Boycotts work. Some pro-Russian women in Ukraine embarked on a sex boycott against their men. The tactic could have at least one upside – after a couple of weeks of men being denied sex, Putin will be hesitant to take his shirt off in that country.

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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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