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 Jan 20, 2014/ 19 Shevat, 5774

Christie's the victim, not the murderer

By Christine M. Flowers

Christine M. Flowers

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) To paraphrase Shakespeare, I come to disinter Christie, not to praise him.

New Jersey's gubernatorial titan is 5 1/2 feet under at the moment, and needs a little help digging himself out. I am an unlikely person to do it, however. Some of his recent acts have led me to question his devotion to the conservative cause. A few were merely cosmetic, as when he engaged in an NC-17 rated embrace with President Obama on the romantic windswept sands of the Jersey coast. My heart said, "Get a room," while my mind said, "It's OK, he's in crisis mode."

Other things were a bit more troubling, such as his narcissistic keynote address at the Republican National Convention. We really didn't need to hear about his tough-minded Italian matriarch, and would have done better with a little more Mitt and a little less Mama.

But the thing that really angered me was Christie's cave to the LGBT community when he refused to take an appeal from the court decision making same-sex cake toppers de rigueur in the Garden State. Christie acted like a politician instead of the pit-bull federal prosecutor who believed in his mission. He moved perilously close to the edge of the pedestal I'd put him on with that one.

And then came "Bridgegate," and payback from the liberals (and some conservatives) whom Christie had alienated with his bluster and braggadocio. You do not annoy blue staters with your red-state style, you do not charm the national media with your outsized personality, you do not scream at schoolteachers or other union darlings and you do not — repeat — do not cozy up to the Democratic president if you want to avoid the daggers.

But that has always been Christie's style: not caring what people on either side of the political divide think of him. Unfortunately for him, that means that he's made a lot of enemies, and they're well-armed and ready. It's no surprise that we've been blanketed with news coverage of this epic fall from grace.

Christie's critics would vehemently deny that they're out for blood. Their motives, they say, are pure. What looks like sharks coming in to feast on the bloodied Jersey waters is, if they are to be believed, a civic-minded search for the "truth." (Now, let's all pause for a good laugh.) While some might genuinely want to get to the bottom of the scandal for legitimate reasons, those who have had to bend in the direction of the governor's juggernaut these last five years consider the fallout a reward for their suffering.

So, let's get real. Does anyone actually believe that children who are stuck on a bus for, say, four hours and are therefore prevented from being in school are tragic victims of circumstance? I mean, it's not like they were hostages being herded to some work camp. And the hysteria over emergency vehicles not being able to make it to their destinations is an infinitely more legitimate concern, but liberals have a way of making even legitimate concerns sound like political payback. It has been said that a 91-year-old woman died when the EMTs couldn't get to her because of bridge gridlock. If true, this is tragic.

However, the likelihood that there is a direct connection between the bridge shutdown and a 91-year-old woman dying is so attenuated that even a first-year law student would have to scratch her head. Of course, a CNN anchor named Ashleigh Banfield took that ball and ran with it. There's a YouTube clip of her suggesting that Chris Christie or his aides are guilty of "felony murder" because, you know, closing the bridge lanes was a felony and a 91-year-old died and so, you know, that means 20 years in solitary. Banfield makes Nancy Grace look rational, and Snooki, of "Jersey Shore," look like Alan Dershowitz.

Banfield isn't the only one hyperventilating. Rachel Maddow, someone who actually is smart, spent a good part of last week conducting her own Warren Commission autopsy on the scandal. She came to the conclusion that every single email ever sent by Christie aide Bridget Kelly from the time she graduated high school was aimed at furthering this dastardly plan.

And if the media are having an orgasm over these events, imagine how Jersey Democrats feel. Barbara Buono, who looks somewhat like a younger, defrosted Nancy Pelosi, is taking the opportunity to get back at the man who served her an ignominious defeat in November. She's all over the airwaves, along with colleague Loretta Weinberg, acting as if it were 1972 and the plumbers were at it again. You can understand the schadenfreude, because if a woman scorned is dangerous, a woman scorned and with a senatorial district is lethal.

This is not an attack on all liberals (and some conservatives), nor is it an apologia for Christie. But the foam-flecked glee at the governor's troubles is proof positive that for some, this is a political murder in process, not a legitimate search for the truth.

Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Comments by clicking here.

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