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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 July 4, 2011 / 2 Tamuz, 5771

Leave flakes at the breakfast table

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Are you a flake?"

With that question on "Fox News Sunday" to Rep. Michele Bachmann, Chris Wallace may have given a rallying cry to the new feminist revolution in American politics. Except the f-word will likely be nowhere in evidence.

Wallace apologized, and in a sense the whole kerfuffle is over -- but only for him. He was only hitching onto the mainstream media's presentation of Bachmann, as a dim bulb, leaving the three-term congresswoman and former tax attorney to have to explain to him "I'm a serious person."

That she is such is why Wallace and Bachmann were even having the conversation in the first place. She's a contender for the Republican nomination for the president, one who turned out an impressive performance during the first presidential debate.

The Wallace question encapsulates the attitude that drives Bachmann defenders mad. There's something more than a wee bit patronizing about the treatment of Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin.

"What did Bachmann do to set the lefty blogs afire today?" my colleague Jim Geraghty recently asked. "Split an infinitive? Dangle a participle? Order red wine with fish? Wear white after Labor Day?" As Democrat Kirsten Powers recently noted: "If Joe Biden's gaffes had received half the attention of Bachmann's, nobody would take him seriously, either."

It's so way beyond Joe. Former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos, now an anchor for "Good Morning America," asked Bachmann in an attempt to "gotcha" her: "You said that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery."

She explained: "Well if you look at one of our Founding Fathers, John Quincy Adams, that's absolutely true. He was a very young boy when he was with his father serving essentially as his father's secretary. He tirelessly worked throughout his life to make sure that we did in fact one day eradicate slavery ... "

Stephanopoulos would not let it go. "He wasn't one of the Founding Fathers -- he was a president, he was a secretary of state, he was a member of Congress; you're right he did work to end slavery decades later. But so you are standing by this comment that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery?"

Bachmann may have misfired on the wording, but this minute hair-splitting was getting ridiculous. She wound down the history lesson with grace: "Well, John Quincy Adams most certainly was a part of the Revolutionary-War era. He was a young boy, but he was actively involved."

Seriously? The United States of America is in danger of default and this is what "Good Morning America" is going rounds with a presidential candidate on? She may not win Trivial Pursuit, but that's not the competition she's in.

From Andrew Breitbart to Bill Bennett, there has been a gentlemanly rush to defend these political ladies against the onslaught. While Democrats drone on about a "War on Women," one could argue they actually wage it, in more ways than one.

Is it sexism? It's an interesting question. It surely is a curious thing. After decades of insisting that women have "equal rights," even when that really just means special rights to ensure the numbers of women in executive positions and other job -- despite the priorities and choices women make -- women are on the rise in electoral politics, but they're not exactly the type that longtime female-president proponents had in mind.

In their 2000 book "Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling," Eleanor Clift and her husband, the late Tom Brazaitis, wrote: "Political analysts believe the first woman president will be a 'Sister Mister,' having the body of a woman with the character traits of a man. More than likely she will come from the moderate-to-conservative segment of the ideological spectrum."

"Women," they continued, "frequently go too far in proving their toughness. Seeking credibility, they cater to men's issues -- military defense and the economy -- sometimes at the expense of losing touch with their natural constituency of women."

Women don't all want that. In the run-up to November's midterm elections, one poll found 57 percent of women saying "the private sector has better ideas than the federal government about how to improve the economy and create jobs." And the economy and jobs are what motivated so many right-leaning women to become engaged in what has become known as the tea-party movement.

We don't need whining, as Sarah Palin recently noted, we need solutions: reform; spending discipline; seriousness. The unemployed are probably more interested in those things then academic discussions about feminism or trivia games.

Phyllis Schlafly was a pro-life, conservative woman in politics before such a thing started to become commonplace. She declares her love for Sarah Palin, but has little patience for her and any attempts to give new life and meaning to the word "feminist." It's a word she wants to make "a pejorative."

Like long morning-show conversations about what era John Quincy Adams rightly belongs to, Michele Bachmann seems to have little interest in using or otherwise talking about the f-word. When Kirsten Powers pressed her in a recent interview, Bachmann called herself an "empowered American" -- as "pro-man" as she is "pro-woman." She said: "I'm a woman comfortable in her own skin. I grew up with three brothers. My parents didn't see us (as) limited (by gender). I would mow the lawn and take out the trash; I was making my own fishing lures. I went along with everything the boys did."

And so she does so now, with a feminine touch. No "feminist" and no "Mister Sister." Just another candidate, bringing her gifts, natural and otherwise, to the stage. That's not flaky, that's just where we ought to be.

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