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 January 4, 2010/ 17 Teves 5770

Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When I was a kid there was a TV show called "Wonderama" hosted by Sonny Fox. Oddly enough, a particular segment of that program taught me why, unless something absolutely miraculous happens, we will always be behind the curve with respect to national security.

The segment involved a game called "telephone" in which Fox would whisper a phrase to the first kid seated with a bunch of other kids on rows of bleachers. Fox gave specific instructions: the first kid was to whisper the exact words to the kid seated next to him, who then passed them on to the next kid and so on, all the way down to the last kid in the bottom row.

The result? The original words were mangled beyond recognition. The "fun factor" was the idea that the more people involved in processing information, the greater the likelihood the information itself would be rendered unintelligible. Sonny and the kids never failed to get a good laugh out of it.

Unfortunately, government bureaucracy works precisely the same way—only nobody's laughing.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has once again proved that government bureaucracy is Wonderama writ large. It is—by nature—the essence of ineffectiveness, incompetence and outright stupidity. It doesn't matter if ninety-nine people out of one hundred are dedicated public servants genuinely concerned with protecting their fellow Americans. All it takes is one "it's not my job," pass-the-buck, clock-watching hack at the wrong point in the chain and you get a jihadist thug who did everything but wear a Bin Laden T-shirt boarding a jetliner bound for Detroit.

Anyone still remember that Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi, two of the thugs who flew planes into the World Trade Center, got their student visas approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service—six months after 9/11?

When the Bush administration decided to form the Homeland Security Department, I wrote a column saying that such an approach to combatting terror was exactly wrong. My advice?

Start firing, not hiring.

Letter from JWR publisher

There isn't a government worker alive who doesn't know who the shirkers are. There isn't a single department of government related to national security that would be adversely affected by clearing out the careerists, the paper shufflers, the go-along-to-get alongs, and every other union- or management-protected no-account. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that government bureaucracy is the weakest link in our national security chain. Thousands of bureaucrats, from the wall-separated CIA and FBI to the baggage checkers at three American airports, couldn't stop nineteen men from engineering the worst domestic attack in the history of the country.

Bureaucracy doesn't just breed incompetence. It breeds lassitude. It breeds torpor. It breeds the kind of "stand behind the yellow line" laziness and arrogance one develops when one becomes virtually un-fireable. No doubt someone will walk the plank for this latest debacle. But bet the bank there won't be anything resembling the house-cleaning that ought to take place. That would be the aforementioned miracle that won't happen.

Reality check: in the midst of one of America's worst job-killing recessions, government employment has increased.

Someday, maybe it will occur to those genuinely concerned with America's safety, that we have put ourselves at a tactical disadvantage with regard to international terrorism. We are the overweight, lumbering and oh-so politically correct Wiley Coyote trying to chase down the lean, mean jihadist Road Runner—who knows its just a matter of time until our screw-up equals his triumph.

It is almost impossible to believe less than one week removed from the blunders of Flight 253, a white van with no license plates and a phony police placard could sit abandoned in Time Square for two days—just prior to the time when nearly a million people will fill up that area to celebrate New Year's Eve—until one truly understands the insidious nature of bureaucracy. Who's "responsible?" My favorite part of the story is from the NY Post, which cites an unnamed source's speculation: since the van didn't have a license plate, traffic agents who used hand-held computers couldn't scan the van's registration, which would necessitate writing a ticket by hand, "which an agent might have avoided—particularly in frigid weather."

Imagine having to tell the families of thousands of dead Americans killed by a truck bomb on New Year's Eve that one of the reasons it happened was because someone didn't want to get his hands cold.

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