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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 Oct 24, 2011 / 26 Tishrei, 5772

The 2012 candidates, running for America’s Next Top TV Personality

By Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The operative maxim in cable television can be summed up as follows: Is it good TV?

Brilliant is good but not enough. Attractive is imperative but not enough. Also needed are tension, conflict and passion. Television is visual storytelling, and it doesn’t succeed without all elements working in sync with the additional demands of the human eye.

Keep this mind as you consider politics and, specifically, the debates of late. We require that our leaders be not only well informed but also telegenic and fluent in sound bites and snappy comebacks. The lesson first observed during the televised Kennedy-Nixon debate — that the visual matters most of all — has become more acute as digital technology has made “replay” immortal.

Now we judge a candidate’s worthiness for public office as much according to his stage performance as by his plan to balance the budget. Scorecards include hair, makeup, wardrobe and body language. In other words, the leader of the free world has to be someone we want to watch. Is he or she good TV?

The problem with this question is that the answer means nothing that matters. Is it really so important that the president have a savvy sense of camera angles? Do we really want to encourage that level of self-conscious preening and vanity in those we elect to the most demanding job on the planet?

Every now and then, someone comes along who doesn’t care about the camera. Ron Paul and Barney Frank come to mind. Both predate the 24-hour news cycle and have been around long enough to ignore the unyielding red light. Observing Frank’s disdain for the camera is its own form of entertainment. For most politicians, however, feeling at home with camera crews, microphones and spray-on makeup is half the journey. But no one survives the harsh lens of the camera for long or the intense scrutiny it invites. If familiarity breeds contempt, then political debates inspire lip-curling loathing.

And we’ve only just begun. Still ahead, 10 more months to Republican convention time. Though surely some candidates will drop out in the interim, it’s nearly certain that we will come to detest the remainders. The candidates themselves will hold each other in greater contempt if not outright hatred, early signs of which already have begun to surface. In Tuesday’s CNN debate in Las Vegas, the tension between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney was palpable — more WWE than GOP. Forget the punch line, I was waiting for the punch.

With each debate, the candidates become increasingly cartoonish as they become caricatures of themselves. This is not a criticism of the men and lone woman vying for the Republican nomination. They’re holding up pretty well under the circumstances. But it is the nature of the beast. It is also our nature to malign and denigrate the very person(s) we eventually will select to lead us.

What else could we expect from such a strange, self-destructive exercise? Properly raised humans are taught to be humble, charitable, temperate and fair, not vain, boastful, arrogant or rude. Then we throw a debate that invites all the worst traits. Watching people essentially brag about their fabulousness while grinning for approval ultimately is rewarded with the opposite. Otherwise well-intentioned, thoughtful, decent, hardworking individuals are reduced to braggarts and remembered for a few random impressions.

Here, for example, is a distillation of Tuesday’s debate:

Rick Santorum: Mitt, you’re a lying hypocrite, and I’m the only one here who cares about family.

Ron Paul: I’d eliminate the federal government and not even go to work.

Herman Cain: Nine apples, nine oranges, nine lives, whatever.

Mitt Romney: Shut up, I won already.

Rick Perry: I hate your guts, Mr. Vitalis, and I’m gonna take you down.

Newt Gingrich: Yadda-yadda-yadda. You’re all stupid.

Michele Bachmann: I will hunt Mexicans with predator drones, and Barack Obama’s cake is cooked.

More or less.

There were tense moments when Santorum challenged Romney on health care and Perry tackled him for hiring a lawn service that used illegal workers. There were also moments of humor and lucidity, thanks mostly to Gingrich, who sounded so sane and rational at times that you wanted to hug him.

This is to say, it was good TV, but I’m not sure it was good for the country. In the end, picking the person who earns the least contempt rather than the greatest respect is a lousy way to select a leader.

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