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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 March 17, 2008 / 10 Adar II 5768

Alpha males behaving badly

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here's the $4,000 question in the Eliot Spitzer case: Why did he do it?


The New York governor's political career is over after he was tripped up in a sex scandal, but the mystery lingers on.


Spitzer, alias "Client 9" to authorities, resigned after he was caught on a federal wiretap discussing payments and arranging to meet a prostitute in a Washington hotel room in February.


The adultery in these times is not as scandalous as the hypocrisy, incongruity and self-destructive recklessness of it all. "Client 9" had it all. He had an Ivy League education, money, power, a supportive Harvard Law-educated wife and three young daughters.


Why would Spitzer, who soared into political stardom as "the sheriff of Wall Street," a crusading prosecutor against prostitution, risk it all, allegedly to order $1,000-an-hour whoopee to his hotel room as casually as others might order room service?


As a savvy politician in Scott Simon's "Windy City," a hilarious satirical novel about politics in Chicago, observes, "The depressing truth, your lordship, is that there's almost no sex in political sex scandals. Nobody has the time. Nobody has the oomph. You see someone, you flirt, you send off sparks. She writes something on a napkin. But before the night is over you've got 20 business calls to return. And you've got to get to sleep because you've got to get up early. For a prayer breakfast."


Or, in Spitzer's case, to testify in front of a congressional subcommittee about regulations on the bond industry.


Why take the risk? Maybe because he is what he is. He's an alpha male, a social animal whom others in the species follow and defer to. Alpha males and alpha females are ambitious, self-confident, competitive and opinionated.


They also can be overly impressed by their own abilities to get away with stuff. Spitzer is no more reckless than Sen. Larry Craig, an outspoken Idaho Republican opponent of gay marriage, who was caught in a Minneapolis airport men's room sex sting.


Or Rep. Mark Foley, a Florida Republican champion of the fight against sexual predators, who resigned after sending suggestive e-mails to House pages.


Or, for that matter, Detroit's Democratic Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick who, among other recent scandals, is accused of sending sexy text messages to his mistress over his government-issued cell phone.


And, of course, there is Bill Clinton. Well, need I say more?


Yes, the Spitzer story has a familiar ring: alpha males behaving badly, often in the very activities they publicly deplore.


Why do rich and/or powerful men risk so much? Judy Kurianski, one of the legions of family therapists who have been called into action by journalists and talk shows in a post- Spitzer surge, told me that the answer boils down simply to this:


"It's in the limbic system."


Eh?


That's the pleasure center in the brain, she said, it handles "motor skills and primitive impulses."


Oh. In other words, the intelligent, angelic part of the brain that tells you, "No, no, this is wrong, you'll never get away with it," is completely overwhelmed by the devilish part that says, "C'mon! You can do it! You're superman. You're the expert on catching people who do this. You also know how to avoid getting caught!"


Or maybe not. The most shameful aspect of these sordid political sex stories comes when the perpetrating pol drags his mortified wife to stand-by-her-man before the cameras for the ritualistic mea culpas. A diamond ring larger than the one Kobe Bryant bought his wife after his own sexual indiscretion was exposed can't make up for the shame and, it must be said, health risk Spitzer and others have brought to their spouses.


Oh, sure, females sometimes cheat, too. Perhaps as more alpha females work their way up into corridors of power, we will see some gender-role reversals at the media confessionals. But, for now, it's the guys who make news, not because they want sex but because they're not nearly as clever as they thought they were.

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