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 July 21, 2009/ 29 Tamuz 5769

A bumper crop for Barack

By Tom Purcell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sentiment toward President Obama is shifting fast if bumper stickers have anything to do with it:

How's that hopey, changey thing working out for you?

Bankrupt America? Yes, we can!

Those are some of the top sellers at CafePress.com, an on-demand printer that allows people to customize and sell their own bumper stickers, T-shirts, mugs and other items. More than 200 million items are available at the site.

The items people are customizing and buying the most offer an interesting barometer into what the public is thinking. And what the public is thinking lately doesn't bode well for Obama:

Barack Obama: A new chapter in American history, Chapter 13.

The audacity of hype.

In the lead-up to the 2008 election, Obama's bumper stickers were mostly positive.

Six months prior to the election, 60 percent of the political bumper stickers sold were Obama stickers (only 28 percent of the sales were for McCain/Palin stickers). Positive Obama stickers outsold anti-Obama stickers at a rate of 2-to-1.

Here's another gauge: During the election, CafePress customers produced twice as many Obama items (3.3 million) as they did McCain/Palin items (1.7 million). Seventy-five percent of the Obama items were positive in nature.

So what kind of bumper stickers are being produced six months into Obama's presidency? Mostly negative.

"Of the top 100 selling stickers during the past six months, 85 percent have been political in nature," said Marc Cowlin, CafePress director of public relations. "Of those, 65 percent are anti-Obama. The most popular designs are directed at the bailout, financial concerns about spending and proposed health care reform."

It's true that Bush initiated the bailout. But Obama used it to do things for which it was not initially intended - such as buy a couple of automotive companies. In any event, bailing out people who made bad decisions has infuriated many, as these popular stickers point out:

Honk if I'm paying your mortgage.

The big three couldn't sell me a car, so they stole my taxes instead.

Many bumper stickers target government spending. Bush ran our debt up from $6 trillion to $11 trillion. Obama is making Bush look like a piker. Obama's spending will run our debt to unsustainable levels - beyond $20 trillion in 10 years. His big-spending ways have not been lost on bumper-sticker producers:

Honk if the word trillion scares you.

Are you better off than you were $4 trillion dollars ago?

Work harder! Obama needs your money!

Obama told us his $787 billion stimulus bill was needed to keep unemployment levels under 8 percent. It isn't working. America is fast on its way to 10 percent.

Where stimulus spending is concerned, these bumper stickers offer more common sense:

Hey, Barack, we're baroke!

If Obama's stimulus was working, I'd be working.

That brings us to health care. Obama is letting the same Congress that wrote the stimulus bill - the same geniuses who packed that bill full of programs that had nothing to do with stimulating anything - draft a massive bill to "reform" our health care system. I hope to God they embrace bumper-sticker wisdom before they do anything:

You think health care is expensive now? Wait until it's free.

Like visiting the DMV? You'll love government health care.

Obama and Democrats are moving fast to transform America. They continue to spend recklessly. They are making a power grab over our health care and energy industries. They will have to raise taxes significantly to pay for the massive government expansion.

How do many Americans feel about these bold moves? These bumper stickers sum up our feelings well:

Didn't our ancestors leave Europe to get away from this crap?

If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.

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