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 February 16, 2010 / 2 Adar 5770

Biden finally says something fascinating

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Iraq "could be one of the great achievements of (the Obama) administration," Vice President Joe Biden told CNN's Larry King Feb. 10.

This statement was fascinating, on at least three levels.

First, it's a breathtaking lie. What turned around the situation in Iraq was the troop surge President Bush ordered in January, 2007. Then Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden strenuously opposed it.

Second, it assumes the American people are idiots. It's not exactly a secret that Sens. Obama and Biden opposed the troop surge. They spoke about it often. There are plenty of television news clips attesting to this.

Third, it indicates that after a year in office the Obama administration is so hard up for "accomplishments" that it feels compelled to claim credit for the leading accomplishment of its much maligned predecessor.

A caveat. This was Joe Biden speaking.

"I felt like I was watching 'Alice in Wonderland,'" retired Army LtCol. Ralph Peters, an intelligence officer turned columnist, said of the Biden CNN interview. "Joe Biden, he's a decent guy, but he's all gunpowder, no bullets. He's like the crazy uncle in the family that sits around the holiday dinner table and always says something wacky and the rest of the family just rolls their eyes and keeps eating, you gotta kinda treat it like that."

But the next day White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs essentially repeated the claim, so it isn't just Slow Joe running off at the mouth again. The skeptical response to Mr. Gibbs from the normally sycophantic White House press corps indicates this will be a hard sell.

The vice president wasn't the only Obama administration official saying wild things last week. Speaking at the Islamic Center at New York University Saturday, Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan noted the Pentagon thinks 20 percent of those who have been released from the prison at Guantanamo Bay have gone back to terrorism, but dismissed this as inconsequential.

"You know the American penal system, the recidivism rate is up to about 50 percent or so, as far as return to crime. Twenty percent isn't that bad," Mr. Brennan said.

Mr. Brennan didn't say that those who've been released from Gitmo so far were those who were considered least likely to return to terrorism. As harder core terrorists are released, the recidivism rate will go up.

But the more important point is that if the terrorists weren't released, the recidivism rate would be zero.

Letter from JWR publisher

A terrorist poses a far greater threat to society than does a pickpocket or a burglar. And while ordinary criminals serve specific sentences and must be released at the end of them, under the laws of war, enemy combatants — lawful and unlawful — may be held indefinitely. We are under neither legal nor moral obligation to release terrorists before the war on terror is over.

What is driving the release of terrorists is President Obama's political determination to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The administration plans to send back to Yemen — the failed state where crotch bomber Umar Abdulmutallab trained — most of the 90 Yemenis still in our custody. At least a dozen Yemenis released earlier have returned to terrorism, the London Times said Jan. 5.

The president's insistence on closing Gitmo strikes many as odd, since in a Gallup poll in December, more than twice as many respondents (30-64) opposed closing the prison as supported it.

Mr. Obama wants to move about 100 prisoners to the Thomson prison in Illinois, at a cost to taxpayers of about $100 million. But a Rasmussen poll in December indicated 51 percent of Illinois residents oppose the plan, and only 39 percent support it.

Legislation's been introduced to deny the president the funds to make the move to Thomson. But in the most delicious of ironies, the death blow to Mr. Obama's scheme may come from the prisoners at Gitmo themselves.

Marc Falcoff, an attorney who represents some of the Yemeni detainees, told Newsweek in January his clients might sue to remain in Cuba, where the climate is more pleasant than in Illinois, and where they are treated according to the Geneva Convention rules, rather than the harsher conditions that prevail at "supermax" prisons.

"As far as our clients are concerned, it's probably preferable for them to remain at Guantanamo," Mr. Falcoff told Newsweek's Michael Isikoff.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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