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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 Jan. 15, 2014 / 14 Shevat, 5774

Chris Christie's Fat and Furious: Braking Bad

By Ron Hart




JewishWorldReview.com | The New Jersey Governor is in full damage control mode. He conducted a two-hour press conference well, explaining that he had no idea his staffers orchestrated a traffic slowdown on the country's busiest bridge for political payback.

Thanks to political maneuvering by his predecessor, Democrat Jon Corzine, the governorship in New Jersey has immense power. And Christie is a guy you want to have on your side -- unless you are in a canoe.

Christie came up in politics as a prosecutor; those scare me the most. Think of Eliot Spitzer and Eric Holder. Christie even looks like an American League umpire who likes to argue his call with the coach.

The bridge saga is indicative of how politics in the North work. Dirty tricks are expected. To be surprised at this would be like expecting Christie not to eat a few of your fries if he drove through McDonald's to get lunch.

It's a tale worthy of "Political Machine meets the Sopranos."

Republican politics in the North are an odd cross-current of agendas. New Jersey was overrun with bears, yet the legislators had this long debate about whether to allow the bears to be hunted to control their population. New Jersey would be the only state that would finally allow its citizens to hunt bears but force the bears at gunpoint to dig their own graves before shooting them.

The Christie excuse is plausible. Politicians surround themselves with sycophants who crave their bosses' attention. We all know politicians have large egos; Washington D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people - a dangerous combination. Young political operatives tend to view their craft through TV shows like Scandal, House of Cards and The Good Wife that glamorize mischievous, Machiavellian antics.

It strikes me that Christie's Deputy Chief of Staff, a preppy, pearl-wearing girl named Bridget, did not "go rogue" on the bridge trick. I feel Christie knew, or at least he tolerated an ethos where such a thing could go on.

Obama is the same way, sic'ing the IRS on his political opponents. Both Obama and Christie are bullies; if you disagree, they will have you beaten up to prove they are not.



The difference between Obama and Christie is that Obama never apologizes and takes responsibility. As we know, Obama always blames others and fires no one. And the media give him a pass. O-bots in the Obama administration have long done his bidding in matters of retribution much worse than a traffic slowdown.

Yet the damage cause by slowing down traffic pales against the disingenuous political shenanigans Obama has pulled by lying about Benghazi, IRS targeting opponents, Holder only prosecuting his enemies, and now the big, premeditated whopper: ObamaCare.

There is a whole new level of sneakiness that permeates the Obama administration, and the press gives its members a pass. It has been made clear that their boss will not fire anyone who does his sleazy work for him. That tone, including the lame duck mentality, only emboldens the O-bots to do sleazy deeds for the President. The clear path to promotion and power is doing the nefarious bidding of their boss under the considerable protection of government.

The media has given more attention to this peashooter traffic glitch than they did to Benghazi, for an obvious reason: Chris Christie is the only Republican polling ahead of Hillary Clinton. The left will to stop at nothing to ensure that Bill and Hillary Clinton are the first two-impeachment family.

Does "Bridge-gate" doom Christie? Republican presidential primaries are tough; they decide who will be the party's nominee and who will end up selling reverse mortgages on TV.

I was not a huge fan of Christie before. He went after Rand Paul. He does not have the personal discipline to lose weight. How can he tell the country we need to tighten our belts when he can't tighten his? I'm afraid Christie is more interested in White Castle than the White House.

And he probably has other skeletons in his closet. They may be just chicken wing bones, but they are there. If squeaky-clean Mitt Romney proved anything, it was that the Democrat machine will savage any opponent. So maybe it is best to just lay everything out there and let it become just water under the bridge - or a bridge too far.

We shall see.


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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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